Transferring Results To FTDNA

If you have been tested at, 23andMe, or MyHeritage, you should consider transferring your results to Family Tree DNA, another DNA testing company. This gives you exposure to another group of people who have had their DNA tested, as well as gives you access to some additional genetic tools that you may find useful in your research.

There is a small fee to unlock part of your results, but you really don't need to. Most of the tools you will want are included in the free transfer.

1. Go to In the upper left menu, click on DNA tests, then choose “Autosomal DNA Transfer.”

2. Fill out the form.  If you already have a FTDNA account for the person whose data you are trying to upload, then make sure you use the “Already have an FTDNA account” button so you can link this autosomal data to your current FTDNA account.  If the data from Ancestry is for your dad, but your mom has an account at FTDNA, DO NOT LINK THEM.

3. Choose the downloaded file from Ancestry exactly as it was downloaded. Do not unzip the file.

4. Wait. It will take anywhere from one to 48 hours for your results to be processed.  If this is a new account at FTDNA, write down the kit number and password that was assigned to you.  Once your results have been processed you will want to pay the $39 fee to gain full access to the FTDNA database.

If you want some help utilizing the bells and whistles at FTDNA, you might consider my Understanding FTDNA Quick Guide. It will give you all you need to know to get started using the tools at FTDNA to apply your genetics to your genealogy.