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!
Upload to Family Tree DNA
Go to Family Tree DNA.
At the top bar of the page, hover your mouse on “upload your DNA” and select “Autosomal DNA.”
Fill in your first and last name, email, and gender, and click on “join today.”
You will be given the option to select the type of kit you are uploading. Select “MyHeritage.”
Drag and drop the file you downloaded earlier into the gray box and click “submit.”
In the next screen, you will receive your Family Tree DNA kit number. You will also have an email at the address you used to sign up. It contains your Family Tree DNA kit number and password. Click “Go to my FTDNA” to proceed.
Confirm your first and last name, email address and gender. Click “confirm and proceed.”
Read the terms of service. Click the check box to accept, then click “confirm and proceed.”
Read the next agreement and click the checkbox to consent and agree to matching. Then click the “complete and proceed to dashboard” button.
Check your Law Enforcement Matching settings
Hover over your name in the top right corner of your screen. Click “account settings” in the dropdown.
Click the “privacy and sharing” tab on the settings page. Scroll down to the “Law Enforcement Matching (LEM)” section. If the slider button labeled “Opt in to Law Enforcement Matching” is blue, you are opted in. If it is gray, click on it. You will be opted in and your settings will be automatically saved.