Family Tree DNA Site Update Includes Y Enhancements and Renaming of myOrigins Regions

Today, Family Tree DNA released a list of updates that they have rolled to their site.

Here’s the list:

1. Added a privacy setting that will allow a user to opt out of Big Y matching.  By default, matching is enabled.  If someone opts out of matching they will not be able to see Big Y matches and other users will not see them.  The opt in/out setting is located in the myFTDNA Account Settings page, under the “Match and E-mail settings” tab.  Here is the setting:

big Y match

​2. Updated the retail price for Y-DNA25 from $229 to $109.  This will put it in line with our other Y-DNA product prices. Upgrade prices were also edited accordingly.

3. Created a SNP search feature on the Haplotree page to aid users in locating a SNP of interest.  It is located at the top right side of the Haplotree page.  The page will scroll down to the SNP being searched for and highlighted it with a yellow bar.  Even SNPs buried in the “More…” pop up will be searched!  Here is a pic of the search bar:

snp search 2

Here is what a successful search looks like:

snp search results

4. We restored Deep Clade Extended SNP results.  These results had disappeared from customer’s pages and will now be back.

5. We removed and are preventing a Y-DNA haplogroup badge from Y33 and Y46 transfers. A haplogroup prediction is not a part of the product description.  The transfer and upgrade products will still get a haplogroup prediction.

6. The myOrigin cluster names are being changed to be more familiar and recognizable names.  A temporary banner has also been added to the myOrigins page informing users of this change and offering a link to the Learn center containing information about these changes.  Here is the banner that is shown and the link if you would like to read more.

cluster banner

14 thoughts on “Family Tree DNA Site Update Includes Y Enhancements and Renaming of myOrigins Regions

  1. Great news & thanks for drawing to our attention.

    Gedcoms – many are still not able to see matches’ trees etc posted to the site at Family Finder. I have flagged with CS & they are aware of the glitch & working on the issue. BUT it’s now been an issue for weeks! I am staring at the best lead yet for an adoptee but can’t see that crucial Gedcom! Please can you exert any influence you may have – thank you. By the way CS are very good & professional when I deal with them but this has been a problem for far too long now….

  2. Thank you for your informative posts like this! Even though I’m an FTDNA project administrator I learn more about their changes from YOU than from them! I really appreciate this.

  3. I’m having the same problem with Family Finder as mentioned above with being unable to see GEDCOM files. It’s been going on for weeks with no action from FamilyTree DNA.

    • From “Family Finder Matches”, I scrolled (heck, it was the first person!) until seeing a person with a green Pedigree icon, clicked on it and up came his tree. Hovering over it showed a person’s details.

      Am I misunderstanding you?

      • I’m not exactly sure what you’re saying but I think you’re saying that you have no problem seeing the GEDCOM files and you’re explaining to me how it is done.
        I say to you, I know how to access a GEDCOM file. I know the available ones are shown in Green.
        My complaint was that when I clicked on a GEDCOM file (a green one), I get a standard error message page saying “Uh Oh Houston, we have a problem” That error page has appeared for weeks on some, mostly new match files..
        But, by some great miracle, all those files are now (on Friday June 20, 2014) viewable. I say thanks to Roberta!

      • “but I think you’re saying that you have no problem seeing the GEDCOM files and you’re explaining to me how it is done.”

        Yes. I was trying to replicate your failure, and not able to. Thus, I explained in detail what I did, in case I misunderstood you.

  4. Roberta,

    I wasn’t aware that there were any Australian pygmies … and am still not convinced.

    But on that subject, I like this: … “Birdsell’s theory of the trihybrid origin of Australian Aborigines,”

    … sounds like another mysterious people I have heard about … those pesky tri-racial isolates!

    But the guy writing the article (or review, below) about the book makes a good point about how more-or-less meaningless the story is in these days where
    testing is available … since apparently no effort was made to validate the suppositions in that way.


    Curtis Christy, Ed.D., AODS Manager
    Alcohol & Other Drugs Services Administration
    Behavioral Health Division
    Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS)

    Phone: (925) 335-3322
    Cell: (650) 270-6745
    Fax: (925) 335-3318

  5. “It will now be easier than ever to share (and pronounce) your ancestral origins.”

    Call me curmudgeonly, but “European Coastal Plain” isn’t that hard to pronounce or share. Neither is “Eurasian Heartland”. “Anatolian and Caucasus” needs a few minutes with Google, but “Turkey” and “alleged home of all white people” are that difficult either.

    “Eastern Afro-asiatic” isn’t hard to pronounce, but it’s not very specific. “Eastern Middle East” isn’t that specific either. Yemem? Iran?

    The whole thing smells of a great dumbing down… 🙁

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