How to upload your raw DNA data to GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA

NOTE: Please read the Terms of Service (TOS) and Privacy Policies on each site to make sure you understand how your data can be used and what you’re agreeing to before you proceed.

GEDmatch

We’ve created a video to walk you through the steps but we’re also including the written instructions if you prefer to use those instead. If you run into any issues, please watch the video. We go more in depth so it may help to answer any questions or issues that you run into. If you’re still having problems, feel free to contact us.

  1. Create an account or login at GEDmatch: https://www.gedmatch.com/login1.php
  2. In the right hand column, under “Upload your DNA files”, click on “Generic Uploads (23andme, FTDNA, AncestryDNA, most others)”. Note: If you didn’t have an account prior and just registered, you’ll have to read through the “GEDmatch.Com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy” and agree to the terms before you can proceed. You will then get a pop up message that will walk you through how to upload your data file.
  3. After clicking on “Generic Uploads (23andme, FTDNA, AncestryDNA, most others)”  you’ll be brought to the “GEDmatch raw DNA upload utility” page where you will need to fill in the following information: Name, Alias (optional), Male/Female, Name of Testing Company. You will also have to choose who the DNA data belongs to (“Your DNA”, “DNA of a person for whom you are a legal guardian” or “DNA of a person who has granted you specific authorization to upload their DNA to GEDmatch”). Next, choose one of the privacy options. At this point, we’re assuming that you read through and agreed to the TOS and have already decided that you would like to opt-in to help law enforcement solve cases. Here is where you can choose the top match “Opt-in”. This means that your kit will be available to all users in the database, including kits marked as “law enforcement”. Click on “Browse”, select your raw data file that you downloaded previously and then click “Upload”
  4. After you submit the file, it may take a few seconds for you to move on to the “GEDmatch® Generic DNA file upload” screen. On this page, click the checkbox next to “I’m not a robot” to proceed. The screen will change to “Processing Chromosomes…” and the numbers will count up from 1 to 22 and then end on X. You will receive your kit number and it will state that the upload is complete. Make note of the message on the lower part of the screen: “You should be able to use one-to-one comparisons, and some other utilities on this site within a few minutes. Batch processing usually starts at about Midnight EST and takes about 7 hours to complete – however sometimes it can take up to 2 days to complete. After batch processing completes, your results should be available in the ‘one-to-many’ comparison utility and other applications listed on your GEDmatch home page.” 
  5. To get back to the home screen, submit your answer to the question: “When will kit be available for one-to-many tool?” Once you’re back on the home screen, under “Your DNA resources” you should now see your kit number, name and a police badge. If there’s no red X on the badge, that means that you have successfully opted-in to law enforcement matching. If you see the red X but still want to be opted in, don’t fret! All you have to do is click on the badge and that will opt you back in.

FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA)

  1. Go to https://www.familytreedna.com/autosomal-transfer to create a new account. Fill out your name and email address and then click on “Join Today!” Next, select your transfer type. There are two different paths, so we’ll cover each one separately.
  2. “23andMe© / AncestryDNA™”. If you know where your file is located on your computer, you can either drag it into the grey box in the browser or choose to browse for the file. One the file is uploaded, click “submit”. From there you’ll be able to complete the rest of the upload process and receive a kit number. Make sure you save this number, as you will need it to sign into your account.
  3. “MyHeritage” you will be redirected to MyHeritage™ to select your kit for transfer: https://www.myheritage.com/dna/transfer-to-ftdna?ftdna_user_id=5642478. Sign into your MyHeritage account and you’ll be able to complete the rest of the upload process and receive a kit number.  Make sure you save this number, as you will need it to sign into your account.
  4. Once your kit has processed and is live in the system, go into your account information to make sure that you’re opted-in for law enforcement matching: https://www.familytreedna.com/my/privacy-sharing. Under “Matching Preferences” make sure the slider is blue next to the “Law Enforcement Matching (LEM)” options. If you ever change your mind, you can opt-out by clicking on the slide again and it will turn white.

And that’s all there is too it! Thank you for choosing to opt-in for justice!