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Friday, 17 February 2017
Transfers into FamilyTreeDNA
This is indeed something we've been waiting for.
Points to note:
You cannot transfer an Ancestry or 23andme test to an account that already had a FamilyFinder test, and anyway,
if you already have a FamilyFinder test at FamilyTreeDNA there is no real benefit in transferring an Ancestry test as well - it just duplicates results and clutters up match lists needlessly
FamilyTreeDNA requires an individual account per kit, but if you do already have an FTDNA kit number for eg a yDNA (direct male line) or mtDNA (direct female line but NOT atDNA (autosomal DNA aka FamilyFinder which is what is being referred to here), then yes your Ancestry or 23andme kit can be transferred into the same kit number.
Expect delays initially as data cannot be processed immediately. The Ancestry kit I wanted most to be able to see segment data for has been transferred with attempts to see the match list advising it was processing and to trry again for the match list in 24 hours. It took less.
Unlocking the more recent Ancestry and 23andme tests will show your matches up to predicted 5th cousins (shows as third to fifth cousin). To see the smaller matches testing at FTDNA is recommended, and a reduced price of $59 offered for that - which has the added benefit of being able to add eg yDNA testing to the same kit for males to explore their direct male line ancestry.
All on FTDNA should see an increase in their match lists as previous unlocked transfers, and new transfers, unlocked or not, are showing in the match lists already
This is a rightly popular option we've been waiting for.
Please encourage your Ancestry test takers in particular to use this transfer and take advantage of the ability to actually check where and who else they match.
None of this negates the benefit of GEDMatch - your match list on FamilyTreeDNA can only show you people who have tested on, or transferred to, FamilyTreeDNA.
Pay the $19 and actually see the segments of DNA involved!
Also refer to this post by Roberta Estes (DNAExplained blog)
The announcement below was received by project admins today.
Matches should take somewhere between one and 24 hours to appear, depending on the volume of tests in the autosomal pipeline.
myOrigins update will be released in the coming weeks. Until then transfers will include only broad populations.
all previously transferred files that have not been unlocked will
receive their matches and have access to the Matrix feature for free as
long as the release form is signed. These kits will be also be able to
unlock the other Family Finder features for $19. If the transfer was on a
kit with another product where the release form has already been
signed, then the matches will appear with no further action necessary.
Autosomal Transfer webpage has been enhanced to include a new image and
a FAQ section. The FAQ section is displayed towards the bottom of the
a customer tries to transfer the same autosomal file a second time, a
message will be displayed that the file is a duplicate and will list the
kit number of the original kit.
main Autosomal Transfer topic in the Learning Center has been updated.
This topic contains the most recent information and now includes all
transfer subtopics on the same page. Additional FAQ information will be
added to this topic as needed in the future.
As always, we appreciate your work with your projects! Thank you!