How to download your raw data from AncestryDNA, 23&Me, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and LivingDNA

Please note: All files should be downloaded via a computer.

➡️ AncestryDNA

  1. Log into your Ancestry account and go to your DNA page: https://www.ancestry.com/dna
  2. Click on “Settings” in the upper right hand corner of the page
  3. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to the “Actions” section. Next to “Download Raw DNA Data”, click the link that says “Download”, enter your password, check the box to agree to the terms and then click on “Confirm”
  4. Then you’ll see this message: “Almost there…Please check your inbox for an email from us. Then follow the instructions to begin your download.”
  5. Check your email. When it arrives, the subject line will read “Your request to download AncestryDNA raw data”. Open the email and click on the blue “Confirm Data Download” button.
  6. The link will lead you to the “Download DNA Raw Data” page.
  7. Click on the green “Download DNA Raw Data” button and you’ll get a pop up asking to save the .zip file to your computer (ex. dna-data-2020-08-12.zip). Make sure that it’s saved somewhere (like your desktop) so that you can easily locate it when it’s time to upload the .zip file to GEDmatch and/or FamilyTreeDNA.

➡️ 23&Me

  1. Sign in at 23&Me and then go here: https://you.23andme.com/tools/data/
  2. On that screen you’ll see this on top: “Your Raw Data. Search for specific genes and markers (SNPs) of interest.* You can view or download your data at any time in its raw, uninterpreted format (your A’s, T’s, G’s, and C’s).” Notice that “download” is hyperlinked? Click on that link and it will lead you to the “Download Raw Data” page.
  3. On the “Download Raw Data” page, please read the “Important warnings to consider” section and then scroll down to the “Request your raw data download” section. Check the box next to “I understand the limitations and risks associated with uploading my information to third party sites.” and then click on the blue “Submit request” button.
  4. You should now see this message: “Your download request is in progress. On August 12th, you submitted a request to download your raw data. When your raw data download is ready, we will send you an email to the email address linked to this account.”
  5. Check your email. When it arrives, the subject line will read “Your 23andMe raw data download is ready!” Open the email and click on the green “Download Raw Data” button.
  6. The link will lead you to the “Download Raw Data” page.
  7. Click on the blue “Download raw data” button and you’ll get a pop up asking to save the .zip file to your computer (ex. genome_Catherine_Smith_v3_Full_20200812112852.zip). Make sure that it’s saved somewhere (like your desktop) so that you can easily locate it when it’s time to upload the .zip file to GEDmatch and/or FamilyTreeDNA.

➡️ FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA)

  1. Sign in at FamilyTreeDNA and then go to this link: https://www.familytreedna.com/my/family-finder/downloads. This will bring you to the “Family Finder – Downloads” page. 
  2. On the “Family Finder – Downloads” page, make sure you read all the information in the “Read before you download” section first and then click on “Build 37 Autosomal Raw Data (GZIP, CSV)” option. If there is different build data, always choose the “autosomal raw data” option.
  3. After you click on the autosomal DNA download option, you’ll get a pop up asking to save the file to your computer (ex. YourKitNumber_Autosomal_o37_Results_20200812.csv.gz). Make sure that it’s saved somewhere (like your desktop) so that you can easily locate it when it’s time to upload the file to GEDmatch.

➡️ MyHeritage

  1. Sign in at MyHeritage and then go to this link: https://www.myheritage.com/dna/manage. This will bring you to the “Manage DNA kits” page.
  2. On the “Manage DNA kits” page, click on the three grey vertical dots next to your kit and choose “Download”. A window will pop up, “Learn more about DNA files”, with information on what you are about to download. Click the purple “Continue” button.
  3. On the next popup, “Confirmation for downloading raw DNA data”, you will be asked to accept the MyHeritage Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy, then click the purple “Continue” button and an email will be sent to your registered email address.
  4. Check your email. When it arrives, open the email and click on the purple “Click here to continue with the download” hyperlink. You will be redirected to the MyHeritage site where you will need to then enter your password and click the purple “Download” button.
  5. After you click the “Download” button, you’ll get a pop up asking to save the file to your computer. Make sure that it’s saved somewhere (like your desktop) so that you can easily locate it when it’s time to upload the file to GEDmatch and/or FamilyTreeDNA.

➡️ LivingDNA (Can only be uploaded to GEDmatch)

  1. Log in to LivingDNA: https://my.livingdna.com/signin.
  2. On your dashboard, click on the “DNA Profiles” link on the dark blue menu on the left-hand side of the screen. This will bring you to the “DNA Profiles” page.
  3. On the “DNA Profiles” page, click the blue download icon next to your kit and that will lead you to the “Download raw data” page. Be sure to read the information on the page before proceeding. At the bottom of the screen, click on the check box under the “Consent” section and then two download options will appear. From there, click on the dark blue “Download autosomal (family ancestry) raw marker data” button.
  4. After you click on the download option, you’ll get a pop up asking to save the file to your computer (ex. autosomal.txt). Make sure that it’s saved somewhere (like your desktop) so that you can easily locate it when it’s time to upload the file to GEDmatch and/or FamilyTreeDNA.