Family Tree DNA Now Accepts All Ancestry Autosomal Transfers Plus 23andMe V3 and V4

Great news!

Family Tree DNA now accepts autosomal file transfers for all Ancestry tests (meaning both V1 and V2) along with 23andMe V3 and V4 files.

Before today, Family Tree DNA had only accepted Ancestry V1 and 23andMe V3 transfers, the files before Ancestry and 23andMe changed to proprietary chips. As of today, Family Tree DNA accepts all Ancestry files and all contemporary 23andMe files (since November 2013).

You’ll need to download your autosomal raw data file from either Ancestry or 23andMe, then upload it to Family Tree DNA. You’ll be able to do the actual transfer for free, and see your 20 top matches – but to utilize and access the rest of the tools including the chromosome browser, ethnicity estimates and the balance of your matches, you’ll need to pay the $19 unlock fee.

Previously, the unlock fee was $39, so this too is a great value. The cost of purchasing the autosomal Family Finder test at Family Tree DNA is $79, so the $19 unlock fee represents a substantial savings of $60 if you’ve already tested elsewhere.

To get started, click here and you’ll see the following “autosomal transfer” menu option in the upper left hand corner of the Family Tree DNA page:

ftdna-transfer

The process is now drag and drop, and includes instructions for how to download your files from both 23andMe and Ancestry.

ftdna-transfer-instructions

Please note that if you already have an autosomal test at Family Tree DNA, there is no benefit to adding a second test.  So if you have taken the Family Finder test or already transferred an Ancestry V1 or 23andMe V3 kit, you won’t be able to add a second autosomal test to the same account.  If you really want to transfer a second kit, you’ll need to set up a new account for the second autosomal kit, because every kit at Family Tree DNA needs to be able to have it’s own unique kit number – and if you already have an autosomal test on your account, you can’t add a second one.

What will you discover today? I hope you didn’t have anything else planned. Have fun!!!

48 thoughts on “Family Tree DNA Now Accepts All Ancestry Autosomal Transfers Plus 23andMe V3 and V4

  1. Nice to finally see it fixed because for a while I’ve seen folks talk about Family Tree DNA not being able to accept more transfers.

    Roberta, by chance do you or anyone else know why is it that FTDNA is able to accept transfers at all, and the other big companies, 23andme, Ancestry.com Geno.20, do not?
    I’m glad that FTDNA does accept transfers
    (the new myHeritageDNA does too, but it will only provide relative matches and you’d have to buy and submit a sample if you want the full feature, which I think is good marketing since they claim that they will have the best ethnicity testing with their “founder population project”), but exactly why don’t the other companies? Is it because FTDNA just has access to some kind of technology that enables them to do it, and the other companies don’t have the technology, or is it because the other companies just don’t want to?

    • It’s a business decision. Both 23andMe and Ancestry have custom chips and sell DNA results, so I would wager than results run on other chips and transferred in aren’t very valuable to them. As for MyHeritage, I have seen the claims and I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s easy for a company that has nothing in terms of ethnicity to claim they will be the best.

  2. WOW!!!

    Was not expecting this but SO happy I can share with my local crowd of DNA enthusiasts!!!

    Very happy

    On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 8:29 AM, DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy wrote:

    > robertajestes posted: “Great news! Family Tree DNA now accepts autosomal > file transfers for all Ancestry tests (meaning both V1 and V2) along with > 23andMe V3 and V4 files. Before today, Family Tree DNA had only > accepted Ancestry V1 and 23andMe V3 transfers, the files befo” >

  3. Oh, Roberta – Every time you tell us about cool new stuff, hundreds of folks write to tell how it’s not working! I hate to be one of those, but it’s not giving me the option you got! I want to transfer 23andMe; have already done Ancestry a few years back. Are we only allowed one autosomal transfer, perhaps? Here’s the message, no matter how I do it:

    You currently have Family Finder (autosomal) results for this kit. Please sign out of your account (kit) if you wish to upload an autosomal transfer file for another person. For additional assistance, contact Customer Support.

    • Yes, you can only have one autosomal test associated with your account. There is no benefit of having two autosomal tests there. If you do want the second test, you’ll have to set up a separate account so the second test can have it’s own individual kit number.

      • I tested with FTDNA a year ago. Just tested with Ancestry and found several close cousins that did not test with FTDNA. I need those first 20 matches on Ancestry viewable on FTDNA. So, in order to get the 20 matches to FTDNA, I have no choice but to setup a new account to upload my Ancestry kit into. Is there a fee for the new account?

      • The only way to get your Ancestry matches to be viewable on FTDNA is if they transfer their results to FTDNA too. FTDNA cannot look “across” to Ancestry, they can only look in their own data base.

  4. Hi Roberta, I can’t figure out how to pay the fee to unlock fee. I clicked on “upgrade” and all I see is how to order mtDNA and Y-DNA kits. Can you please point me in the right direction? Thank you.

  5. I manage multiple kits. It’s been so long I forget – do I have to first create an account for the kit being transferred? Then, add that account to my group?

    • Yes, you will need a separate account, because you need a separate kit number for each kit. The only way you don’t need to set up a separate account is if you have NOT taken the Family Finder test and you are transferring the kit into an existing account WITHOUT a Family Finder test. If you have a project set up, then you’ll add the new kit to the project.

  6. That’s good new Roberta. Will the transferred raw files be looked at for the equivalent SNPs as the in house FF tests, or will they be limited to just what 23&Me and AncestryDNA test for?

    • They can only look at what 23andMe and Ancestry test for. On the newer kits, meaning the Ancestry V2 and the 23andMe V4 kits, they have only about half of the SNP locations that Family Tree DNA does, so you’ll probablu get your closest matches, but you clearly won’t get all the matches you’d get if your transferred an Ancestry V1 kit or a 23andMe V3 kit, or tested at Family Tree DNA.

  7. Was anyone actually able to do this if they already had an FTDNA account? After signing in, I got a pop-up box that said, “You currently have Family Finder (autosomal) results for this kit. Please sign out of your account (kit) if you wish to upload an autosomal transfer file for another person. For additional assistance, contact Customer Support.”

    So, how do we add AncestryDNA and 23andMe raw files to our accounts if we already have our DNA at FTDNA? Or is this just not possible?

    • You don’t if you already have a Family Finder test already. There is no need or benefit to have two autosomal kits at Family Tree DNA. If you do want to do this, you would need to set up a new account for the transfer kit if you already have taken a Family Finder test.

  8. Please note that if you already have an autosomal test at Family Tree DNA, there is no benefit to adding a second test. So if you have taken the Family Finder test or already transferred an Ancestry V1 or 23andMe V3 kit, you won’t be able to add a second autosomal test to the same account. If you really want to transfer a second kit, you’ll need to set up a new account for the second autosomal kit, because every kit at Family Tree DNA needs to be able to have it’s own unique kit/account number – and if you already have an autosomal test on your account, you can’t add a second one.

    • I finally figured something out. This is NOT a way to see which of your FTDNA matches will match up with your AncestryDNA or 23andMe matches, like I originally was hoping it was. This is just getting onto FTDNA (if you have not previously done so) without submitting swabs, if you’ve already sent spit into the other two DNA sites.

      I keep hoping for ways to get around having to beg people to upload to GEDmatch, I guess I saw what I wanted to see in today’s blog post.

      • If your matches have uploaded to FTDNA or tested with FTDNA, you will see them as matches if they match you. If they are not in the FTDNA data base, then you won’t see them.

  9. Is there any point transferring results from other companies if you have already tested with ftdna?
    Similarly any point transferring multiple results from different companies to gedmatch

    • No, not to FTDNA. At GedMatch, I really don’t think so either. I transferred all 3 of mine to GedMatch, but I marked two of them for research so they don’t take up valuable slots in the 2000 matches we are allowed. You might get slightly better matching if you are matching an Ancestry V2 kit to an Ancestry V2 kit, for example, but I’m not sure it’s enough to matter.

      • my friend is having these problems
        any suggestions

        I’m also thinking of having them do a Y-111 for my father, so I’ll load his raw autosomal DNA test from ancestry as well.

        Sounds like I can load my own raw autosomal from ancestry with just a small fee so I’ll do that too.

        My problem is that when I log into that site, I have to do so under my son’s KIT number, so it seems I can’t have a ‘master’ account to put us all in; instead it seems to require that each person’s account/membership is separate?

        I tried to be the account holder but then it kept loading my profile photo onto my son in the family tree; and kept naming him Robyn McIntyre!! So I was in effect, mother to myself!

        I finally gave up and made my son the account name.

        Cheers
        Mike

      • Every kit must have its own kit number, which is the same as the account number, so yes, they must all be separate. To have your friend upload his OWN kit, he needs to set up a new account and just click the transfer link, in the first screen shot in this article. If your friend signs on as the son, they are in essence the son, so they do NOT want to upload their autosomal DNA to their son’s account.

  10. What additional benefit, if any, would you get by transferring an Ancestry Kit to FTDNA over just transferring the Ancestry Kit to GEDmatch?

  11. I just downloaded my ancestry data (a zip file) and then uploaded it to FTDNA, apparently ok, no error message, but don’t see anything new on my Family Tree page. Does it take some time – hours – days before the ancestry data shows up?

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  13. Roberta – Do you know if the referral scheme through which you could unlock your transfer by getting 4 other people to use your individual upload link is still available?

  14. good evening. if I understand well, people who have taken the adn test at 23 and me can now upload their results in family tree. is this possible the other way round? that is to say, people from family tree leave it in 23 and me? thank you very much for your help.

  15. Roberta, About 3 or 4 years ago I transferred from either Ancestry or 23andme to Family Tree DNA. I just went on there to see which one is on there and to see if I could transfer the other one, but I cannot find the information on where my DNA came from that Family Tree DNA has. Do you know either 1) where I find that info on their website, or 2) which one would have been the only one I could get in 2013? Thanks for any guidance . . . .
    Luanne

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