If you got your DNA results back and are enjoying all that you are learning from them, you might wonder if there are other free websites to upload your DNA and learn even more. It turns out that there are tons of great websites where you can upload your raw DNA.
Why do people want to transfer their DNA data to another site?
If you aren’t sure why you would want to download your raw DNA file and upload it to another place, here are two main reasons that people choose to do so:
- Are you looking for a different version of your ethnicity estimate? Uploading your DNA to other websites can allow their software to compare your sample to those of a different sample population – giving you a slightly different estimate and perhaps picking up on some “trace” ethnicity that didn’t show up on the estimate given to you by your testing company.
- Some people are interested in finding DNA matches that didn’t test with their testing company. For example, if you tested with Ancestry DNA, you might be interested in finding matching that tested with Family Tree DNA. This is great for people who are looking for unknown relatives or just want to learn as much as they can about their family tree.
I’ve listed as many places here as I could find. I’ve uploaded my own DNA to most of them. If I missed one, or if something new comes up after this article is published, please let me know about it in the comments and I will add it. I did not include websites where you can have your health data analyzed, since this is still such a new field.
Most places allow you to transfer your data for free. What do the companies gain from allowing this practice? They get a free addition to their database, which allows their current customers to get new matches and perhaps can attract future customers – a sort of symbiotic relationship.
Here is the list…
Free websites to upload your DNA
- Price: Free
- Notes: Gedmatch is not a testing company. It’s just a place where you can upload your DNA from a variety of companies to use their (really cool) analysis tools or compare your sample to those of other users of the site to find new matches. They also have lots of different admixture (ethnicity) calculators.
- Accepts uploads from: Ancestry, We Gene, Family Tree DNA, My Heritage
Family Tree DNA
- Price: Free, except you can unlock more functionality on the site (like the chromosome browser) for $19.
- Notes: FTDNA (abbreviation) has a bigger database of international testers. I have found cousins in other countries here. For example, I recently got in touch with my mother’s second cousin who lives in Serbia through this site.
- Accepts uploads from: Only Ancestry DNA and 23 and Me
- Price: Free
- Notes: Gedmatch Genesis, similar to the “original” Gedmatch is not a testing company. This website has some improvements over the original site, but their database is smaller (but it is growing!). I would recommend doing both Gedmatch and Gedmatch Genesis if you are interested in using either one of these sites.
- Accepts uploads from: Ancestry DNA, 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA, My Heritage DNA
- Price: Free
- Notes: This website is run by a non-profit organization affiliated with Columbia University and the New York Genome Center. People who upload consent their (anonymized) data to be used for scientific research, primarily in healthcare
- Accepts uploads from: Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, and 23 and Me, and My Heritage DNA
- Price: Free
- Notes: This company has a much smaller database than the other sites, though as more people upload, it will continue to grow. If you are really looking for family, it’s probably worth uploading your DNA there. People have also expressed to me that their ethnicity estimate is not quite what they expected. I would recommend taking their ethnicity estimate with a “grain of salt”.
- Accepts uploads from: Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, and 23 and Me
23 and Me and Ancestry DNA do not currently accept uploads or transfers. I really wish Ancestry DNA would accept uploads – it would be so amazing!
I hope that this list was helpful to you, and that you consider uploading your DNA file to at least one of those sites – or all of them! If you have anything to add to my list, a question or a comment, please feel free to write me a note in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by!