Saturday, 21 May 2016

MyHeritage to add DNA database

From My Heritage (

We're excited to let you know that we now offer the ability to upload DNA data to your family tree on MyHeritage, enabling you to discover more about your family history. Your DNA data will be kept private and secure.

Enhancing your family tree with DNA results can lead to new discoveries. Soon, MyHeritage will roll out DNA Matching, allowing you to be matched to other people who share DNA with you and are likely related to you. MyHeritage will allow you to review the family trees of your DNA Matches (excluding living people) and filter them by shared surnames or locations to focus on matches that are more relevant to you. Best of all, DNA Matching will be combined with the power of MyHeritage's other technologies — Smart Matching™ and Record Matching — helping you determine the likely relationship path to your DNA Matches and prove or disprove other matches. You will be able to connect with new relatives and collaborate with them.

Further down the road, MyHeritage will provide detailed ethnic and geographic origin reports based on DNA.

These features, including the DNA Matching, are currently FREE.

If you or your family members have already done a DNA test on AncestryDNA, 23andMe or FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder, you are invited to export this data, and upload it to MyHeritage in just a few clicks. Your DNA will be matched for free to a very large set of additional people. You'll benefit from MyHeritage's vast international user base of 82 million registered users, plus the 10 million additional registered users on Geni, and get matches you would not receive otherwise. If you upload your DNA data now, you will enjoy DNA Matching for free. This may become a paid feature
later on, but it will remain free for users who upload now.

(With thanks to MyHeritage)

UPDATE: Before using this new feature it is highly recommended that you read the following blog post from the Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, concerning the new facility's terms and conditions and which consent you are required to give to use it - see


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