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Free Websites to Upload Your DNA

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 to learn even more.  It turns out that there are tons of great websites where you can upload your raw DNA.

free websites to upload your dna

Note:  If you haven’t already, please visit my DNA Tools page to find helpful posts (like this one!) and other good resources to help you learn as much as possible from your DNA results.

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

Gedmatch

  • Price:  Free
  • What you get: DNA matches and access to many DNA analysis tools, such as a chromosome browser and admixture calculators
  • NotesGedmatch is not a DNA testing company.  Instead, it’s a site 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 DNA matches.  They also have lots of different admixture (ethnicity) calculators.
  • Accepts uploads from:  Ancestry, 23andMe, Living DNA, We Gene, Family Tree DNA, My Heritage and others

Learn more:  Read my post about how to do a Gedmatch upload

Family Tree DNA

  • Price:  Free, except you can unlock more functionality on the site (like the chromosome browser and MyOrigins ancestry estimate) for $19.
  • What you get: DNA matches
  • Notes:  FTDNA (abbreviation) has a big database of international testers.  I have found cousins in other countries here.  For example, I have found cousins in Serbia, Russia and Poland on the site.
  • Accepts uploads from: Ancestry DNA (V1-V2 only), 23andMe (V-3-V5 only), and MyHeritage

Learn more:  Read about how to upload to Family Tree DNA

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DNA Land

  • Price:  Free
  • Notes:  DNA Land is run independently by researchers Dr. Yaniv Erlich, Dina Zielinski, and Assaf Gordon.  You get an ancestry estimate, DNA matches, and a trait prediction report.
  • Accepts uploads from: Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, and 23 and Me, My Heritage DNA, and Genes for Good

It is important to note that if you had uploaded your DNA to DNA Land prior to September 30, 2019, your account and data was deleted. This is because DNA Land was previously affiliated with research institutions, and when they separated, it was ethical to delete all previously uploaded data and obtain new data with new consents.

Fortunately, you can easily upload your DNA again to the new, improved DNA Land site.

My Heritage

  • Price:  Free for some features, but must pay to upgrade for complete access
  • What you get: DNA matches (free), ethnicity estimate and chromosome browser included with the upgrade for $39
  • NotesMy Heritage DNA has a rapidly growing database which will likely see a big increase in size over the next year or so. If you are looking for living family or want more matches for family tree research, I definitely recommend uploading here. I also really enjoy the way their website is set up, which makes it very easy to try to figure out how a DNA match might be related. If you pay the upgrade fee, you get access to the chromosome browser and the family trees of your matches.
  • Accepts uploads from:  Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, and 23 and Me

Learn moreHow to upload to My Heritage DNA

Living DNA

  • Price:  Free
  • What you get: DNA matches for free, complete Ancestral origins upgrade for $39
  • NotesLiving DNA provides cousin matching (DNA matching) for those of us who are interested in finding people who we are related to.  Ancestry breakdown, or an ethnicity estimate, is a feature that may eventually be available for a fee (currently unknown how much this fee will be).  Some people report having to wait a while for results, so upload soon – and be patient.
  • Accepts uploads from: Ancestry DNA, 23 and Me, My Heritage DNA, and Family Tree DNA

Learn how to upload your DNA to Living DNA here.

WeGene

  • Price:  Free
  • What you get: DNA matches and ancestry estimate for free
  • Notes: WeGene is a Chinese company and the ancestry estimate results are most accurate for those with Asian ancestry, specifically Chinese
  • Accepts uploads from: Ancestry DNA and 23andMe

Can you upload your DNA to 23andMe?

23andMe does not currently accept transfers or uploads of DNA from other DNA testing companies. This is unlikely to change in the future.

There was an exception made for one day (DNA day, coincidentally) in 2018, when they accepted uploads from Ancestry DNA. This may have been a one-time only event, as it has not been repeated.

People who uploaded their DNA that during that day were allowed access to their 23andMe ancestry composition reports and certain traits reports. In order to get 23andMe DNA matches, they would have had to take a 23andMe DNA test.

As of October, 2020, the only way to get access to the high-quality 23andMe DNA

Can you upload your DNA to Ancestry?

No, Ancestry DNA does not accept DNA uploads. Instead, you must do a DNA test with Ancestry in order to get access to your ethnicity estimate, DNA matches and other features on the site.

If you haven’t tested your DNA yet

Testing your DNA is a great way to learn about your family’s ancestry, find living relatives, and build your family tree.  I recommend testing with Ancestry DNA initially, then transferring your DNA to any of the places mentioned in this article. 

If you think you might want to do a test, consider using any of the following links. 

The following links are sponsored links to companies that I highly recommend and have used personally:

Conclusion

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.

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