Jim Sims

Making genetic genealogy more understandable...

The numbering scheme for the tutorial is tied to an article I published in Acorns to Oaks 37(4) 2016, 116-120.

S1. Locate the button to download your raw autosomal test rests on a vendor web site

It all cases, it is recommended that you keep a copy of your raw data in the format it was set to you, which is usually some kind of compressed file. Keeping the data in a compressed file will help avoid corrupting the data if you inadvertently edit the file. If you don't get a compressed file, such as .zip or .gzip, it is possible your browser (such as Safari on a Mac) is set to automatically decompress the file once it is downloaded. In general, it is not necessary to download this file more than a few times.


Vendor: 23AndMe
(Updated 08 May 2019)

1. Log into your account at 23AndMe with a web browser.
2. Click on the name of your account (ex. James), and then click on Browse Raw Data from the drop down menu (see red arrow in graphic below):



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3. Click on the Download link shown in blue below (default setting is Browse).


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4. Scroll down the page and then click the Submit Request button Into shown in this tutorial). 23AndMe will send email linked to your account with a link to download the raw data.



Vendor: AncestryDNA
(Updated 08 May 2019)

1. Log into your account at AncestryDNA with a web browser. Navigate to Your DNA Results Summary Page, by choosing it from the DNA menu item underlined in green in the image below.

2. Click the Settings button (see red arrow).


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3. On the Settings page, look for the Actions box. Click the Download Raw DNA Data using the button for this purpose (see red arrow in image below):

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Vendor: Family Tree DNA

(Updated 08 May 2019)

1. Log into your account at AncestryDNA with a web browser. Use the myDNA menu by mousing over it, then mouse over the Family Finder menu item, then slide the mouse over Download Raw Data (see red arrow in image below:

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2. Scroll down the page until you see the image below. Click on the orange download button for Build 37 Concatenated Raw Data (see red arrow in image below:


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Vendor: MyHeritage
(New 08 May 2019)

1. Log into your kit at MyHeritage. Click the DNA menu. Use the mouse and click on Manage DNA kits (see red arrow in the image below):


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2. On the Manage DNA kits page, click on the three dots on the row for the kit you want the raw data. Choose to download the raw data from the popup menu (see red arrow in image below):


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S2. Locate the button to download your match list on a vendor web site

In all cases, you should keep a copy of the downloaded file in its original format for archival purposes. Open the file in a spreadsheet or other software, and save a working copy in another format for your research. Because your match list will change over time, you may wish to download your matches periodically so you can work with them offline.

Vendor: 23AndMe
(Updated 08 May 2019)

1. Log into your kit at 23AndMe. On the home page, mouse over the Ancestry menu, then click DNA Relatives (see red arrow in image below):


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2. Scroll to the bottom of the match list page. There you will see a link to download aggregated data (your match list; see red arrow in graphic below):

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3. Click the link to initiate the download. The data file is in .csv format. Spreadsheet software and various other programs such as databases can be used to view, browse and sort this information in ways the vendor does not provide on its web site.



Vendor: AncestryDNA

(Updated 08 May 2019)

AncestoryDNA does not provide a way for customers to download their match lists or shared matches. The 3rd party software tool DNAgedcom Client can be used for this purpose. That software requires a paid subscription. Versions are available for Mac and for the PC. Downloading your matches and share match lists can take several days, depending on a number of factors including how many matches you have.



Vendor: Family Tree DNA

(Updated 08 May 2019)

1. Log-in to your account at Family Tree DNA. From the home page, mouse over the myDNA menu, then click Matches in the menu (see red arrow in the image below):

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2. This will take you to your Family Finder Matches page. Scroll to the bottom of your matches page. Use one of the two download CSV buttons. Choose the top CSV button to download all the matches, or choose to download only the matches as they are currently filtered (see red arrow below in image):

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Vendor: MyHeritage

(New 08 May 2019)


1. From you MyHeritage Home page, mouse over the DNA menu and click DNA Matches (see red arrow in image below):

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2. At the top of your DNA Matches page are three dots arranged vertically. Mouse over them to see the popup menu. Choose Export entire DNA Matches list.

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S3. Add surnames to your kit on the vendor web site


Make sure that others can find your DNA result when they search their match lists by surname. You do this by associating your ancestral surnames that contributed to your DNA results as best as you known them. It is extra work, but it may be well worth the effort if just one key person contacts you about a DNA match to your kit that can to their attention by searching their match list by surname.

Vendor: 23AndMe
(Updated

1. Log-in to your kit at 23AndMe. From the home page, mouse over the Ancestry menu, then click on DNA Relatives.


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2. Click the Manage preferences button on the DNA Relatives (list view tab) see the red arrow in the image below:


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3. Scroll down the page until you see question 4. Type a surname (one at a time) in the text box, then click Add (see red arrow in image below). To delete a name, click the x for a surname you have entered. Scroll the page, then click the Return to list button.


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Vendor: AncestryDNA

(Updated 09 May 2019)

To add surnames to your kit at Ancestry, build a genealogical tree on the Ancestry.com web site and link it to your kit.



Vendor: Family Tree DNA

(Updated 09 May 2019)

1. Log-in to your kit at Family Tree DNA. Click on your name at the top right of the page, then click Account Settings in the menu.

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2. To add surnames to your kit, click Genealogy on your Account Settings page (see red arrow in image below):

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3. To add surnames, click Add Surname (see red arrow in image below) and begin typing. Notice that Family Tree DNA provides a way to copy your current surname list from their web site (download CSV in blue text) and a way to add surnames in a batch from a .csv file you built on your computer.


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Vendor: MyHeritage

(New 09 May 2019)

To add surnames to your DNA kit at MyHeritage, build a tree at MyHeritage.

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