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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree Christmas 2019 > Taken a DNA test? Now what?

Taken a DNA test? Now what?

Karen Evans dreams of a dozen DNA delights to look forward to this Christmas

The 12 DNAs of Christmas

As people prepare for Christmas, excited by the thought of family and friends celebrating together I also watch and wait with wonder. No, not for the sound of Santa’s sleigh bells but the brand new matches that will be generated from all those DNA tests kits lovingly bought as presents! So in my perfect wish list what would I be hoping for my DNA this year?

On the firs t day

Ancestry allowing uploads from other testing companies I know, let’s start with a big one! AncestryDNA has by far the largest database (over 15 million people have tested with the company) and arguably some of the best tools to help you on your DNA journey. However, you need to test with them to have access to that database and there is an assumption that, unless you buy an Ancestry subscription, it is of little use. The chart below shows what you do get. So, if you are thinking of taking the plunge, and wish to have your results in the AncestryDNA database, then you’ll need to test directly with them (23andMe operates the same way, not allowing uploads, requiring you to test with them). You are able to upload your raw DNA to MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA, GEDmatch and LivingDNA for free and hopefully find lots of new matches. When transferring DNA always be sure to read all terms and conditions as terms do vary between sites.

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