For the first time since the inception of genetic genealogy, you can add your DNA matches to your personal family tree with the new myFamilyTree tool from Family Tree DNA. Whether or not you are just starting to build your tree or already have a GEDCOM file uploaded into your kit, this feature is designed to enrich the total genealogical experience.

We take your privacy seriously, so we gave you robust privacy settings to put you in full control.

With our privacy settings, there are three main things we wanted to give you control over:

  1. Who shows up on my tree?
  2. Who can see my tree?
  3. How do I control how I show up on someone else’s tree?

If you have any additional questions, post a question in our forums!

Common Questions about Privacy and myFamilyTree 

Who shows up on my tree? Who can see it?

You can edit all of your privacy settings by signing in at Family Tree DNA and then clicking your name in the upper right corner and choosing Privacy Settings.

You may edit your Family Tree privacy by then clicking on the Genealogy – Family Tree option.

On the vertical axis, there are 3 options on who you can show on your family tree: deceased people born 100+ years ago, deceased people born in the last 100 years, or living people.  For each option, you can decide if you want that to be public, visible to only your matches & project members, or visible only to you.  Mix and match as you see fit.

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How do I show up on other people's tree?

One of the distinguishing features of the new tree is that it lets you add your DNA matches to your family tree.  However, we want to put your DNA matches in control of what information they share with you and how you share their information with others.

What information do I want to share with my matches?

You can edit all of your privacy settings by signing in at Family Tree DNA and then clicking your name in the upper right corner and choosing Privacy Settings.

You may edit what you share with your matches by clicking on the Match and E-mail Settings option.

By default, your matches can see your profile when they browse the Y-DNA, mtDNA, or Family Finder matches pages.  Your profile has your name, your ancestral surnames, your earliest known common ancestor, etc.  Similarly, your matches can see your profile information when viewing their tree.

You can control if your matches can connect to your profile and see your information.  If you don’t want your matches to see your profile information, you can select “No” for each relevant DNA test type here.  Note however, that these settings apply to both the family tree and the matches page.  Also, if you make yourself invisible to your matches, your matches will be invisible to you.

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What information can matches share about me?

You can edit all of your privacy settings by signing in at Family Tree DNA and then clicking your name in the upper right corner and choosing Privacy Settings.

You may edit what your matches may share about you by clicking on the Personal Profile Settings option.

Your match can theoretically add you to their family tree and then make their tree public.  Therefore, we created a privacy setting to put you in control of how you show up on someone else’s tree.

By default, we are not showing ANY of your profile information to your non-matches.  Note however, that this only applies if your match connected to your FTDNA profile.  If you don’t mind showing your profile information, you can select a more open privacy setting.

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