You’ve got your DNA test results and want to take the next step. Why not check out other DNA testing companies. In this post I will be showing you where to upload raw DNA data, (your genetic information), for free. So please read on and check it out.
Firstly, what is raw DNA data?
In a nutshell it is a computerized file of letters and numbers. It is a file that shows your DNA, although it is not all of your DNA.
Only about 10,000 or so markers will be shown in the data file. These markers are also referred to as variations which can give tell-tale signs of your heritage.
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Reasons to upload your DNA to a 3rd party site
It can be pretty damn exciting to get your DNA test results back and see where your ancestors originated from. There is plenty of information stored within your results, so why should you upload your raw DNA data to somewhere else?
- Get more information – Believe it or not but you can get even more information from an external source. Each sites’ algorithms will be different which means you will get different results from each of them. Plus, they may offer additional features that you may not have received from your original DNA testing company.
- Get connected with relatives – AncestryDNA is the most popular out of all the companies so chances are pretty high that you will get a match with this service, (if you originally got tested with this company). However, not everyone who has had their DNA tested have gone through them. So it is possible to get matches from other sites as well, which will help your research even more.
Free sites to upload DNA results
The following sites that I have reviewed are not in any particular order, (only alphabetical). If I have missed out a site which you feel should be on the list then please comment below. I will be sure to review it and add it here.
I was expecting to see 23andMe and AncestryDNA offer the ability for you to upload your DNA results. Unfortunately both of these sites do not offer this at this time.
Free Sites To Upload DNA Results
This site is run by a non-profit organization. It is affiliated with both Colombia University and the New York Genome Center.
Not only will you learn more about your ancestry through this site but you may also be connected with other people who have submitted their data.
Please be advised that if you upload your DNA data to this site then you will consent to your data being used for scientific research. You will remain anonymous though and so your results will not be linked to you.
On submitting your data you will fill in a survey about yourself as well as your family, and also your health.
What can you expect:
- See more genetic variations
- Find more relatives (possible)
- More features will be added so you will get more results
- The opportunity to help research in healthcare
Supports uploads from: 23andMe, Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage DNA
As this is a major company within the genealogy DNA testing world I was expecting that there would be a charge to upload your DNA and see some results. So it was a nice surprise to see that this service is completely free!
FamilyTreeDNA do offer the 3 different tests when it comes to testing your ancestry. There is the basic Autosomal, and then there is Mitochondrial (maternal line) and Y-Chromosome (paternal line).
Even though you can utilize this site for free it is only results from autosomal testing that you will see. So if you were expecting to see more results concerning your maternal and paternal ancestry then I’m sorry to say that you will not get that.
You would have to pay extra in order to get this testing. Also, you will not get access to the new Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins
Despite these cons of this site there are some positives.
As FamilyTreeDNA is well-known in the genealogy world it means that it is very popular. That therefore means that they is a larger collection of people within their database.
So there is an even better chance, (than DNA Land), for you to be matched with someone. And you can see the differences between your matches.
What you can expect:
- List of autosomal matches
- Access Family Finder Matrix where you can compare your matches
Supports uploads from: 23andMe, Ancestry DNA and MyHeritage DNA
This is a recent DNA testing company that was founded in 2017 by scientists at the New York Genome Center. Their aim is to make your DNA test results easy to read and interpret.
It’s all quite technical when it comes to tested your DNA but suffice it to say Gencove does it differently, and makes it cheaper for you. Which is a good thing.
Gencove well test about 10-20% of your genome. That is surprisingly much larger compared to other companies that test a mere 0.02%.
Average price with other companies for DNA testing is usually $100-$200, whereas as Gencove it can be done for as little as $60.
As this is a new company their database is not as large as other companies. But with the platform that they offer you can easily recruit other people and start comparing.
What you can expect
- More genome covered which means more results, i.e. discovery of new variants in your DNA
- Get an ethnicity report
- Match with other people
- Help others through scientific research
Supports uploads from: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, LivingDNA, GenesForGood, MyHeritageDNA, and WeGene
GEDmatch provides both DNA and genealogy tools that can be used for comparison and research as well. The site is supported by a collection of people who are passionate about genealogy and DNA, which includes users, volunteers and researchers.
It is a really popular site that you can get so much from. But as it is popular you can expect the site to be slow at times.
This is a mostly free site where you can upload your raw DNA results. They do however offer some premium tools where they encourage people to support them with contributions.
Not only can you upload your DNA results to this site but also your GEDCOM file, (your family tree). Uploading both of these will help you get the most out of the tools that are offered.
When you sign up to this site you can choose whether to have a Private, Public or Research profile.
- Private will mean that people cannot compare your results, but could be used with other tools.
- Public will mean that anyone can see your results in order to compare against. Please be advised that your kit number, name and email address may also be displayed as well.
- Research will allow people to see your results when others do a one-to-one comparison.
Please note that your raw DNA will NOT be available to anyone, not even you.
What you can expect:
- Match with other people who have uploaded their results
- Tools to compare and analyze other peoples’ DNA
- Admixture results which includes ethnicity/heritage predictions
- Archaic DNA, Eye Color, Parent Relatedness, Kit Diagnostics, Tier 1 options
Supports uploads from: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage DNA, and WeGene, Genes for Good, GenectiConcept
This is a somewhat improvement on the GEDmatch site that I have just reviewed. From this site you can also compare your DNA to other people.
However, as the site is still new the database is smaller, so there will be less chance of you connecting with others.
So you maybe wondering what are the improvements with this site, even though fewer people are using this site. Don’t be worried as more people are signing up to it.
There are two main advantages of this site compared to its predecessor.
- Improved algorithm used to compare DNA results. This will therefore translate to more accurate DNA matches. This can also mean that you do not have to waste your time contacting people that may not actually be a relative.
- More DNA kits accepted. With the original GEDmatch site you were not able to upload your raw DNA if you had been tested by LivingDNA. This is not the case with this site.
What you can expect:
- Compare people, either one-to-one or one-to-many
- Better search results
- Admixture results
- Estimate of validity, similar to the confidence feature used with AncestryDNA
Supports uploads from: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, LivingDNA, MyHeritageDNA, and WeGene, Genes for Good, GenectiConcept
Originally this site only offered only access to genealogical records but for a paid subscription. Similar to Ancestry they now offer DNA testing.
If you have already signed up to MyHeritage you will be pleased to know that you can actually upload your raw DNA data for free.
This new service is fairly quite new so there is less of a chance of you connecting with a relative. But people are joining up every day so there may be a possibility to get connected in the future.
There have been reviews where people have been unsatisfied with their ethnicity estimates. So if you are not completely satisfied with the results that you receive then why not check out any of the above sites that I have reviewed.
What you can expect:
- Discover your ancestry and ethnicity
- Connect with others
Supports uploads from: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and FamilyTreeDNA
My Final Thoughts
To be honest there isn’t much difference between these sites. You will probably get a different view of your DNA with these sites which can help you further with your genealogy research.
In my opinion Gencove does sound the more promising out of all them as they can test for more variants in your DNA. But as they are a new company you will need to be patient before any matches come your way.
The second advantage with visiting these sites will be that you will have an even better chance of connecting with a relative. And again as I have said before you can use that to your advantage as you can get more information to help build your family tree.
You can upload your raw DNA data with one or all of them. The choice is yours, but as the saying goes, “the more the merrier“.
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