How to upload and opt in (Ancestry)

  Ancestry, GEDmatch, Opt In, Tutorial

How to get your raw DNA data

Log in to Ancestry and go to your DNA Results Summary. Click on “Settings” in the top right corner.

You will see a page titled “Test settings for (name of tester).” Click on “Download Raw DNA Data” in the gray box labeled “Actions” on the right side of the page.

You will be prompted to enter your password and agree to the privacy statement about downloading your raw data. Enter your password, select the check box, and click the “confirm” button.

Check the email address that you have associated with your Ancestry account. In a few minutes, you will receive an email with a link to download your raw data. If it does not arrive within an hour, try it again. Sometimes, Ancestry has a hard time sending these emails. You may also want to check your account settings to make sure your email address is correct.

The email will prompt you to click a green button to “confirm data download.” This will open a page within Ancestry with another green button that says “Download DNA Raw Data.” Click this too, and download the file to your computer.

The file you download will be a ZIP file. Don’t open it or unzip it. Leave it right where it is, and don’t forget where you left it!

How to upload to GEDmatch 

Go to GEDmatch and make an account. Check the email address that you just used to register, and click the link in your email to confirm your registration.

Now return to GEDmatch, and log in with your email address and password.

On the main page of GEDmatch, there will be some announcements at the top and two columns of links below those. In the gray box in the right column, you will find a section that is entitled “Upload your DNA Files.” Below this title, click on “Generic Uploads (23andme, FTDNA, AncestryDNA, most others)“.

Fill in your information “Name of Donor” is the name of whomever the DNA data comes from originally. This is to be that person’s legal name. If you leave the “Alias” field blank, this will appear to other DNA matches on the site. If you enter an alias, this will be shown instead of your legal name.

“Sex of donor” is a field that is visible to other testers in the one-to-many results. If you are transgender or intersex, you can select whatever best represents you and it will not impact the way your DNA is handled by the database.

In the “Company or source” dropdown, select “Ancestry.”

In the section of the form that begins “When you upload Raw Data to GEDmatch, you agree that the Raw Data is one of the following (select one):” you will most likely be selecting one of the first four options:

Your DNA
DNA of a person for whom you are a legal guardian
DNA of a person who has granted you specific authorization to upload their DNA to GEDmatch
DNA of a person known by you to be deceased

Select the correct response and continue to the next section, which is the most important part if you want to help forensic genealogists! Choose “Opt-in” to be visible in the public database to all other testers and for comparison with kits used for law enforcement investigations.

At the bottom of the page, there are two buttons. the left one says “choose file.” click this button and select the file you downloaded from Ancestry. Then click the button on the right marked “upload”. Wait a few minutes. When the file is done uploading and processing, you’ll see a big red number. This is your kit number on GEDmatch. the instructions say to “Write this number down,” but don’t worry – this number will be visible on the main page whenever you log in to GEDmatch so you won’t lose it.

Your kit won’t be available for everyone to see in their one-to-many lists for a day or two, but if you already know the kit number of someone else you want to compare yourself to, you can use the one-to-one features right away.

If you uploaded your kit because you think you might be related to an unidentified person, please send a message to the DNA Doe Project and give them your kit number. They won’t be able to give you the kit numbers of any Does, but they will be able to compare your kit to the Doe kits to see if you’re a match!

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