Saturday, June 7, 2014

How to download DNA results from Ancestry.com

To transfer your test results, you must download them from Ancestry to your own computer, then upload the file(s) you downloaded from your computer to Family Tree DNA (after purchasing the transfer test you wish).


To download Y-DNA results:
1. Log into Ancestry.com.
2. Point to DNA in the top menu bar, click on Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests.
3. Scroll down to Download all Y-DNA results and click.
4. Note where the file is saved in your computer. You will upload that file later to FTDNA.


You cannot transfer mtDNA results because of compatibility issues, but you may want to download and keep the mtDNA file anyway for later use.


To download Y-DNA and/or mtDNA matches:
1. Log into Ancestry.com
2. Point to DNA in the top menu bar, click on Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests.
3. Choose Paternal lineage (Y-DNA), then Matches.
4. Click on Download Matches.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for Maternal lineage (mtDNA).
6. The downloaded files will be in .csv format, readable by Excel or Google Sheets.


To download autosomal* results:
1. Log into Ancestry. com.
2. Point to DNA in the top menu bar, click on Your DNA Home page.
3. Click on Settings.
4. Find the Actions block on the right. Click Get Started.
5. Enter your email address and follow the instructions.
6. Once you have downloaded your raw data, note where the file is saved in your computer. You will upload that file later to FTDNA (and/or to www.gedmatch.com if you wish).


To download autosomal matches:
1. Install the Chrome browser in your computer, if you do not already have it.
2. Click on the icon in the top bar with three horizontal lines (far right).
3. Click on Tools\Extensions\Ancestry DNA Helper.
4. Click on Visit Website for instructions on how to use this tool.

*For more instructions about working with autosomal results, see my blog http://genealogyanddna.blogspot.com/2014/04/putting-family-finder-to-work-for-you.html.

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