How to Download DNA Raw Data from FamilyTreeDNA

How to Download DNA Raw Data from FamilyTreeDNA   This site requires the fewest steps to get your data and is very simple if you can remember your login and password. Requirements: Know your FamilyTreeDNA kit number and password Have access to a secure computer with the ability to store and protect the data if you want an archival copy or delete the data after uploading to another drive or test site   Instructions:   Step 1 - Login to FamilyTreeDNA.com You need your DNA Kit number or your GAP Username and your password. I can never remember my kit number and don't have a GAP Username. (A GAP Username is short for "Group Administrator Page Username" for people who manage Group DNA projects.) I usually have to go back to my emails, search for "FamilyTreeDNA kit" and find the original email from FTDNA with my kit number. Also, in my case, an FTDNA  Kit number is usually 6 digits; if you've uploaded DNA from another test provider, that DNA kit numb…
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Quick & Dirty Family Trees for DNA Matches

Genealogists often build Quick & Dirty family trees (Q&D trees) for DNA matches who don't have linked family trees or for DNA matches whose trees aren't complete enough to help determine the family relationship.   I don't have the patience to build a tree for each tree-challenged DNA match, so I use a shortcut.  

Disclaimer.

I'm a hobbyist. My husband is a professional in the industry. Professional Genealogists probably consider this a very low-brow method partially because I'm using a public family tree that I didn't personally research and because the FamilySearch tree will have errors. When I research with my husband, he hands me a stack of these papers and tells me, "Document everything, especially failures." This isn't that; it's not original research. That's why the title includes the words "find" and "quick and dirty." I ain't doing the work. To some pros, this method is akin to dum…

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Happy DNA Day – an Offer for AncestryDNA Testers

Happy DNA Day!   23andMe is holding a one-day special for AncestryDNA customers. If you've tested anywhere other than Ancestry, skip to the end for sites where you can get free offers. Today only, Ancestry DNA testers can upload their test results to 23andMe (for free) and receive 4 free health reports! 23andMe doesn't usually accept DNA test uploads.         To download your AncestryDNA, you'll need to:   Login to your account at Ancestry.com Navigate to the DNA tab on the top menu bar Select "Your DNA Results Summary"         Select the Gear icon next to "Settings" on the right side of the page         PAY ATTENTION HERE - Select "Download Raw DNA Data" on the right side of the window BE CAREFUL, it's inconveniently close to a "Delete Test Results" button         Enter your Ancestry Account passw…
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