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How to Upload MyHeritage 23andme and Ancestry DNA to Gedmatch, Made Simple

Updated on March 17, 2018
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Nell is fascinated by ancient history and archaeology. The question is where do we come from? And what makes us the way we are today?

Hunter Gatherer Neolithic - just one fabulous look at my DNA! With Gedmatch.

The simple way to download your dna to Gedmatch.

You have been waiting for weeks and weeks. Until one day there it is in your email! You quickly open it up and scan the site. There!

All your DNA has finally been done. 74 percent this, 10 percent that. So is that it?

You can see the map with all your results, but then you wonder. Can I take this further? How about looking at it more in depth?

Well this is where Gedmatch comes in.

It takes your DNA and splices it up so that you can see exactly where you come from, what percentage and so on. It will even show you hidden DNA that didn't show up in the general map in MyHeritage, 23andme or Ancestry!

The great thing is it will also show you your Hunter Gatherer DNA and where that came from, and how it travelled across the world.

Trust me, you will be checking it out for days!

Trouble is, you are in a rush to check it out. But its not always easy to jump in and move stuff from site to site. I know it took me a while as I couldn't find a simple explanation.

Note: I used MyHeritage but this is good for all the dna sites.

Well here it is.

Chromosone painting example.

Chromosone painting gedmatch
Chromosone painting gedmatch

MyHeritage, or 23andme and Ancestry. download to Gedmatch.

First of all sign into MyHeritage etc and then open a separate tab and find Gedmatch. Then click on the site.

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Gedmatch - First of all you will see a sign in or join site.

On the next page you will see down the right hand side a group of blue boxes with writing in them. Go to:

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File Uploads - Click on 'Generic Upload Fast'.

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It will take you to a page that will ask you what site you are downloading from, and if you need help click on the red writing. You do not need to touch the:

MyHeritage, 23andme, Ancestry. That is just there for extra help.

Unless you want instructions, do not click on the red link. It will take you to a wiki site. Of course if you need help then its great.

Just scroll down and fill in the details in grey. When you get to the bottom it will tell you to upload. Just click and wait for a few seconds.

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This will show you the instructions, you will recognize your MyHeritage page.

Where it says 'Manage DNA Kits look to your right and see three dots. Click on Download.

This will open a white square with instructions to click on.

When this has been clicked you will see another box stating that instructions have been sent to your email address.

Go to email and follow instructions.

Sign into Gedmatch

Gedmatch sign in
Gedmatch sign in
'Genetic Upload Safe' click on this one!
'Genetic Upload Safe' click on this one!
Scroll down and fill in. Then upload. Do NOT touch the red links above unless you need help!
Scroll down and fill in. Then upload. Do NOT touch the red links above unless you need help!
Click on the dots.
Click on the dots.
Just sign the declaration and......
Just sign the declaration and......

Open email.

Open the email and it will take you to DNA data file download. It will ask you to add your MyHeritage password. Click on this and wait for it to download.

Now you are ready to download the file to Gedmatch.

So you see, it doesn't have to be complicated! And trust me when you have never done anything like this before it can be pretty daunting.

Open email and follow instructions.

Open email and follow instructions.
Open email and follow instructions.

Analyze your Data.

Now for the fun! go to the box that is titled Analyze your Data.

Its pretty self explanatory, but if you want to jump straight in, click on Admixture Heritage.

And stand back and wait for the surprises!

Trust me, I was totally shocked to see all the wonderfully places and people that was part of my dna.

And don't forget to check out the Eurogenes Jtest! Even if it doesn't say that you are Jewish on your main MyHeritage, 23andme or Ancestry, it will definitely tell you on this! Yep you guessed it!

And on mine there was even a bigger shock! But that's for another day.

Good luck and have fun!

© 2018 Nell Rose


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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 9 days ago from England

      Hiya Audrey, how exciting! yes make sure you download it to Gedmatch, that will pull it to pieces and show you the what and when!

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      Audrey Hunt 9 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm waiting for the results of my DNA from Ancestry and this information is just what I need. You've done a great job! My daughter just received her results and it was spot on! (I know this because her geneology has been done.)

      Thanks Nell.

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      Nell Rose 11 days ago from England

      Hi Genna, yes MyHeritage I think is the best, but 23andme are supposed to be good too. Ancestry is said to be not very good. takes about a month to send it off, then get results! Good luck!

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      Genna East 11 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Nell...

      What a fun idea! I'm going to try this. :-) Thank you.

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      Nell Rose 11 days ago from England

      Thanks Chitrangada, yes its fun, and I have suddenly realised just how many nationalities I have! even a 1 percent in india! lol!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 11 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and interesting information! Would like to try it. I think it would be fun.

      Thanks for sharing the details!

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      Nell Rose 12 days ago from England

      Did you get yours done Devika? I would love to know what you thought of it?

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      Nell Rose 12 days ago from England

      Thanks Linda, its fun! I never knew what I never knew! lol! thanks for reading.

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      Devika Primić 12 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Your interesting experience makes me think of mine too.

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      Linda Crampton 12 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It sounds like your experience was very interesting, Nell. Thanks for sharing the information. I don't think that I'll get my DNA analyzed anytime soon, but I'm looking forward to exploring the sites that you've mentioned.

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      Nell Rose 13 days ago from England

      I have checked it out, and yes its real! Obviously there can be slight changes but over all it does make sense to me, and thanks as always.

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      Frank Atanacio 13 days ago from Shelton

      Nell I was going to ask the same thing Brian asked.. and you say at least most of it is true.. so you still have doubt? Of should I not really look too much into this and enjoy the dramatics? Anyhow it does look like fun and I will follow your lead...

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      Nell Rose 13 days ago from England

      Hi Brian I have of course thought of that, but after checking out my dna and gedmatch I have so far correlated stuff in my family. so at least most of it is true. I will add it to other sites, or maybe do it again to double check in the future. thanks

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      Nell Rose 13 days ago from England

      Thanks moonlake, good luck and good hunting! (Hunter gatherer) lol!

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      Brian Leekley 13 days ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      How do you know if any of the information from any of those sites is accurate, valid, and verifiable? Anyone can make up answers -- you are x% this and y% that and z% whatnot. Without a proven way to prove the validity of the techniques used to arrive at those "facts", they are imaginary. And just because valid techniques exist, it doesn't necessarily follow that those sites use them and don't make up what they report to customers.

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      moonlake 13 days ago from America

      Great information. I just sent my DNA in last week so I will be back to your hub.

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      No not over here Flourish, I don't think they would dare! lol! what happened to put you off 23andme?

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      I like your technical how-to description. I've never heard of Gedmatch or some of the other programs, but I did use 23andme and sure regretted it. I understand the laws are different in Europe so I was wondering whether you have any of the same concerns about genetic discrimination in employment, being denied life insurance, etc. if your information is acquired by potential employers or insurers?