Genetic genealogy tools

MyHeritage DNA Advanced Tools: Worth $29 Unlock Fee?

MyHeritage DNA Advanced Tools: Worth $29 Unlock Fee?

Access to MyHeritage DNA advanced DNA tools requires a $29 unlock fee for those who transfer their DNA. What are those advanced DNA tools? Are they worth it? Do you have to pay the fee for each test you upload? We have answers. Many of you have transferred your DNA from another testing company...

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How to Join a Y DNA Surname Project

How to Join a Y DNA Surname Project

There are many reasons to join a Y DNA surname project (or start one!). As you build your family tree, a YDNA surname project can help you explore questions about paternity and distinguish between various branches of a family. Here’s how to join a surname project.

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DNA and WikiTree for Adoptees

DNA and WikiTree for Adoptees

Here’s how adoptees and others searching for birth families can use both DNA testing and the free WikiTree genealogy website to help reconstruct their biological family trees.

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Use WikiTree to Find DNA Cousins

Use WikiTree to Find DNA Cousins

Use WikiTree to identify potential DNA matches—genetic cousins. This variation on targeted testing can help you explore whether you’re related to a specific ancestor.

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Shared cM Project Histograms on DNA Painter

Shared cM Project Histograms on DNA Painter

The Shared cM Project now shows your DNA match relationship possibilities in an easy-to-understand chart (a histogram) on the DNA Painter website. Here’s how it can help you build your genetic family tree—and a caution about TWO types of data in the DNA Painter tool.

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Link Your Family Tree to 23andMe

Link Your Family Tree to 23andMe

23andMe users: Link your family tree to your DNA test results to get the most out of your 23andMe experience. This works for your online trees at Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage, and more!

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Big Y DNA Test: When To Use It

Big Y DNA Test: When To Use It

Family Tree DNA’s Big Y DNA test can help you distinguish fine shades of relationship on the paternal side of your family tree using YDNA. What is Big Y, and when is it worth taking?

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4 Types of DNA Projects Worth Joining

4 Types of DNA Projects Worth Joining

Various kinds of DNA projects may tell you about your origins by comparing your DNA to others like you. Consider joining haplogroup, surname, location-based, and autosomal DNA projects to see how they may help you with your genetic genealogy questions.

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How to Find the Shared Matches Tool

How to Find the Shared Matches Tool

The Shared Matches tool at AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), MyHeritage and 23andMe can help you figure out how you’re related to your DNA matches. Here’s how to find it at your favorite DNA testing company website.

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