If you or a family member have previously tested your autosomal DNA at 23andMe© or AncestryDNA™, you can transfer your results to Family Tree DNA by uploading your raw data file. After transferring your file, your autosomal data is uploaded to our database, one of the world’s largest genetic genealogy databases.

When you transfer, for free, you will receive a list of your autosomal matches from our database and have access to our Family Finder – Matrix. The Matrix feature allows you to select and compare the autosomal DNA relationship between up to ten of your matches at one time.

Note: Family Finder is the name of our autosomal DNA test.

After transferring, you can unlock all Family Finder features, which include the Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins for only $19.

Please note that you can only transfer the following file versions:

  • 23andMe© V3
  • 23andMe© V4
  • AncestryDNA™ V1
  • AncestryDNA™ V2

Unfortunately, at this time, you cannot transfer 23andMe© V1 or 23andMe© V2 results.

How to Transfer Your Autosomal DNA Results

New Customers
The following describes how to transfer 23andMe© or AncestryDNA™ autosomal DNA results. for those who do not yet have a Family Tree DNA kit.

Important: If the person whose results are being transferred already has a Family Tree DNA kit, please see the Current Customers topic.

1. On the Family Tree DNA homepage, in the upper-left corner, click DNA Tests to display the drop-down menu.

2. On the drop-down menu, click Autosomal Transfer.
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You are directed to the autosomal DNA transfer page.

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3. Complete the fields by entering the first and last name, email address, and gender of the person whose data you are transferring. (If you are transferring someone else’s data, make sure to enter their name and gender NOT yours.)

4. After entering the appropriate information, click Join Today. Please note that upon clicking Join Today, you are agreeing to Family Tree DNA’s Terms of Service.

You are directed to the upload page.

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 5. On the upload page, click browse file to browse to the autosomal DNA results file you want to upload, or drag and drop the file on the boxed area. The file will start uploading. Note that this could take several minutes.

Once uploaded, the name of the file you uploaded will be displayed in the boxed area.

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 6. Click Submit to submit the uploaded file. Note that if you uploaded the wrong file, you can click remove in the gray box to remove the file and upload the correct one.

Once submitted, the Welcome to Family Tree DNA page is displayed.

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On the welcome page, your kit number is displayed. It is important to keep this kit number for your records. You will need this number to sign in to your kit in the future. Also, an email will be sent to the email you entered on the transfer page. This email will contain the password for your kit sign in.

7. Click Go to MyFTDNA to go to your kit’s dashboard.

Note: You can also click the Sign the release form electronically to sign the FTDNA Release form. You will need to sign the Release Form to review your matches. However, you can also sign this form at a later time.

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On your dashboard, in the Family Finder section, you can click Matches to see your matches or click Matrix to compare the relationship between your matches.

Note that if you have not signed the Release Form first, you will be directed to the Release Form page. You will need to sign the Release Form before you can proceed to review your matches or access the Matrix.

Current Customers
The following describes how to transfer 23andMe© or AncestryDNA™ autosomal DNA results. for those who already have a Family Tree DNA kit.

Important: If the person whose results are being transferred does not already have a Family Tree DNA kit, please see the New Customers topic.

1. Sign in to your myFTDNA account.

2. On your dashboard, under the Family Finder section, click Transfer Upload.

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You are directed to the autosomal DNA transfer page.

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5. On the upload page, click browse file to browse to the autosomal DNA results file you want to upload, or drag and drop the file on the boxed area. The file will start uploading. Note that this could take several minutes.

Once uploaded, the name of the file you uploaded will be displayed in the boxed area.

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6. Click Submit to submit the uploaded file. Note that if you uploaded the wrong file, you can click remove in the gray box to remove the file and upload the correct one.

7. Once submitted, click Go to MyFTDNA to go to your kit’s dashboard.

On your dashboard, in the Family Finder section, you can click Matches to see your matches or click Matrix to compare the relationship between your matches.

Note that if you have not signed the Release Form first, you will be directed to the Release Form page. You will need to sign the Release Form before you can proceed to review your matches or access the Matrix.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I unlock the Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins?

To unlock the Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins:

1. Sign in to your myFTDNA account.

2. On your dashboard, under the Family Finder section, click Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, or ancientOrigins.

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You are directed to the unlock page.

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3. On the menu bar, click Unlock For Only $19.

4. Complete the shopping cart process.

How do I access and download my autosomal DNA results from 23andMe© or AncestryDNA™?

For information on how to access and download your results from 23andMe©, click here.

For information on how to access and download your results from AncestryDNA™, click here.

Once I transfer, will I receive sign in credentials for the Family Tree DNA website?

Yes. We will email new sign in credentials to you when you order a new transfer. Note that if you have an existing Family Tree DNA account for the person whose data you are transferring, you should transfer to the existing kit and not create a new one.

If I already have a Family Tree DNA kit (account) and I created a second kit (account) with my Autosomal Transfer, can I merge the two kits together?

You cannot merge your current Family Tree DNA kit with a new Autosomal Transfer kit. However, a Customer Service Representative will be able to assist you.

Please use our contact form to submit a request to customer service for assistance in merging your kits.

Once I transfer, how quickly will I be able to view my results?

The autosomal DNA transfer has two parts – the Try It Free and a full Unlock.

For free, you will receive your matches and have the ability to use the Matrix to compare the relationships of your matches immediately after transferring and signing the Release Form.

After transferring, you can fully unlock the Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins for only $19. After completing the unlock process, you will immediately have the ability to use these products.

Can I transfer more than one person's autosomal DNA results?

Yes, but you must download and create a separate kit for each individual. Each kit is specific to each person.

After I transfer autosomal DNA results, what are my options for ordering additional test products with Family Tree DNA?

After you take part in the autosomal DNA transfer program, you will have the same options for purchasing additional test products as other Family Tree DNA customers. However, if you are a new customer, you will need to submit a DNA sample with your first order.

After I transfer my autosomal lab results to Family Tree DNA, will I have to submit a DNA sample?

You will only have to submit a DNA sample if you are a new customer and purchase additional test products.