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How to do a Gedmatch Genesis Upload

You’ve heard about the Gedmatch Genesis project, and you are interested in learning how to to do a Gedmatch Genesis Upload.  In this post, you will learn how to upload your DNA to Gedmatch Genesis, as well as a little bit more about the beta launch of this exciting new DNA analysis website. 

I’ve included screenshots, so you’ll know exactly where to click to get your upload started quickly.

Once you’ve finished your upload, don’t forget to read my Gedmatch Genesis Tutorial for Beginners post!

Note:  This post will be most helpful for those people who initially tested with Family Tree DNA, Ancestry DNA, or 23 and Me, but most steps apply to all users.

Questions about uploading to Gedmatch Genesis?

Before you get started, here are some quick answers to some of the most common questions about Gedmatch Genesis.

Do I have to create a new Gedmatch Genesis account if I already have a Gedmatch account?

No.  You can use your regular Gedmatch login information to access Gedmatch Genesis, and it is not necessary to create a new account.

How long does the whole process take?

If you already have the DNA file on your computer, you should be able to complete your upload in less than 10 minutes.  If you need to download the file still, it might take you a few more minutes.  (Click here to learn how to download from Ancestry DNA, or here to learn how to download from FTDNA)

You will be able to use some of the tools immediately, as soon as you are assigned a kit number.  Other tools, such as the “One-to-Many” comparison tool, will be available to you as soon as the kit has finished complete processing – which can take a few hours up to a few days. 

Most people report that their complete results are done within several hours of their upload.

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If I already uploaded my DNA to Gedmatch, do I need to upload it to the Gedmatch Genesis?

Yes.  Currently, the DNA files are held separately, so if you want your DNA to be included in the Gedmatch Genesis database, or to have access to all of the kits and tools that are available on the new site, you will have to do a new upload of your DNA.

Do I have to use my real name on my account?

No.  Gedmatch recommends that you include the real name when you upload the kit, but you can input an alias when you do your upload.  It is worth noting that your e-mail address will be displayed to people who see you as a DNA match. 

If you are very concerned about privacy, I would recommend setting up a dedicated e-mail account with a “generic” name so that way you cannot be easily identified by your e-mail address.

So, how that you are ready – let’s get started.

How to do a Gedmatch Genesis Upload

Login to your Gedmatch Genesis account

The first thing you will need to do is create a Gedmatch account, if you don’t already have one.  If you do already have a Gedmatch account, you can simply use the same login that you already use.

Links to access Gedmatch Genesis or create a new Gedmatch account:

Which upload option should you choose to upload your DNA to Gedmatch Genesis?

For most of you, the generic upload option is suitable.  If you tested with Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), 23 and Me, and My Heritage DNA, this is the option that you should choose.  The upload options are displayed on the right hand side of the screen. 

Below, you can see an image which shows which option you should choose:

Which upload option should I choose on Gedmatch Genesis

Enter your information in on the Gedmatch Genesis upload screen

On the Gedmatch Genesis upload screen, you should fill in as much information as you can.

  • Name of Donor:  enter the real name of the person who submitted the DNA sample for this test here
  • Alias: if you do not want the real name of the test taker to be displayed, enter the alias that you would like to use here
  • Mitochondrial haplogroup: most autosomal tests don’t provide this information, but if you know yours, or your test did provide this information to you, then enter it here.  It is not required to enter this information to complete your upload.

Below is a screenshot, with instructions included of the fields that we have discussed so far:

how to upload my DNA to gedmatch genesis under an alias

The next fields are as follows:

Y haplogroup: Y DNA is only inherited by males, but some females with male siblings with the same father might know this information.  This is not required information to complete your upload.

Name of testing company:  Choose your testing company from the drop-down menu, if it is available there.  If it doesn’t show up, then just enter the company in the “Other” box

Acknowledgement of permission given: You must confirm that the DNA either belongs to you, or that the person who took the test has given you express permission to upload their DNA to the website.  I would strongly urge obtaining permission, and explaining the basics of how you plan to use their DNA to your friend or family member before you upload their DNA to Gedmatch or Gedmatch Genesis.

Available for public comparison and display?:  You must agree to have your DNA kit available for comparison, and for display in public results in order to proceed with your upload.  You can change this to private once you have completed your upload, but there are some tools that you won’t have access to if your kit is private. 

Again, I recommend that if you are concerned with privacy, to use an alias and a dedicated non-identifying e-mail address to manage your Gedmatch account.

Browse computer for DNA .zip file:  You must click on the “browse” button first and find your DNA .zip file on your computer.  This is the first part of the actual file upload.

Choose upload DNA:  Once you have chosen your DNA file, click on the “Upload” button.

Below is a screenshot, with instructions included of the remaining fields on the upload screen:

how to upload my dna to gedmatch genesis

How long does it take for processing to finish on Gedmatch Genesis?

The final step in your Gedmatch Genesis upload is to wait for the screen to tell you that your upload has finished processing.  It has to go through processing all of the chromosomes, and it will tell you once your upload is complete by giving you an “upload complete” message, as well as a kit number that is unique to Gedmatch Genesis. 

Write this number down in a safe place, just in case you need it in the future.  It will be available in on your list of DNA kits on your Gedmatch Genesis login screen, but you never know if you’ll need it at any other point in time.

The screenshot below shows what it will look like once your upload is done processing.  Don’t close your tab or browser until the screen looks like this, or your upload might not finish:

how do i know if my upload is complete on gedmatch genesis


I hope that this tutorial has helped you feel comfortable with the process of uploading your DNA to Gedmatch Genesis, and that you are able to learn a lot about your DNA from the tools available. 

If you have any questions, or comments, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Does Gedmatch genesis still exist? I clicked on the link for genesis and try to upload the DNA file, but it just uploads it to the standard gedmatch. I can't see genesis anywhere in the webpage.

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