How to upload and opt in (Family Tree DNA)

  Family Tree DNA, GEDmatch, Opt In, Tutorial

How to download your raw data

Log in to Family Tree DNA.

The the top navigation bar of the side, hover over “myDNA” and then “Family Finder.” At the bottom of the list that appears, click on “Download Raw Data.”

Below the privacy statement are three orange arrows. Click the orange arrow next to the words “Build 37 Concatenated raw Data.”

Save the raw data file to your computer, but don’t open it or unzip it. You’ll need it as-is for uploading to GEDmatch.

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)“.

(If you follow these instructions and the upload fails, use this link instead.)

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 “FTDNA.”

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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