Category Archives: MyHeritage

July was a busy month for some

Lots of things made the news in July 2020.

<:> Jeff Bezos said he would double any Bitcoin sent to him! So did Warren Buffet, Barack Obama and Bill Gates. A 17 year old kid will probably be found guilty, and then hired since he is obviously well skilled in Twitter tricks!

<:> Gedmatch was hacked so that, temporarily, all kits were eligible for search by police! And unreal kits appeared. Who was hurt? The owners of Gedmatch, Verogen, Inc., were a bit embarrassed. But it doesn’t seem that any real people were hurt. (I doubt we ever figure who was responsible. Hopefully lots of unsolved cases get solved this year!)

<:> MyHeritage users are possibly being targeted by phishing emails. If you get an email from ‘info@myheritaqe . com” instead of “info@myheritage . com” (note the “q” instead of “g”), hit delete quick! This actually could be quite dangerous, do watch out for MyHeritage emails that want you to click on something.

<:> And big noisy news came from AncestryDNA. They are making changes again, some of which lots of people do not like! More on that later.

<:> July was so exciting that the Daughters of the American Revolution decided to wait until August 1st to quietly announce that they are beginning to accept autosomal DNA as evidence of lineage submitted with DAR membership!

CLICK HERE to see the announcement on their Blog. What a deal. Of course, there are gotcha stuff in the details. It only works for the first 3 generations, and only when traditional documentation does not exist or cannot be obtained due to sealed records. I need to be honest, I haven’t read the fine print, but this could be quite exciting news for adoptees and children of adoptees. If you are considering joining the DAR, be sure to read more about this on your own.

SAR has accepted autosomal DNA for a while. When I Googled SAR DNA, I discovered that they require the cM segment size to be 7 cM or more! And you have to have 30 cM or more composed of 7 cM segments! Leave to the SAR to complicate things. Hopefully we will get details from a Daughter or Son on this “quiet” news.

AncestryDNA

First off, if you use Chrome with the extension MedBetter, please uninstall MedBetter. Then Google it to find out why.

The changes:
1) More accurate number of shared segments (goes live in early August)
2) Ability to see the length of the longest shared segment (goes live in mid August)
3) Distant DNA matches must share 8 cM or higher (goes live in late August)

Please note the difference between the SAR and AncestryDNA. They should have discussed their differences first! Not very empathetic of AncestryDNA!


Hopefully some of you will join us at the next DNA Discussion Group and explain these Newsy items more clearly!


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Downloading a GEDCOM from Ancestry and using it elsewhere

Roberta Estes has written a useful post on her blog DNAeXplained about how to download a GEDCOM from your Ancestry.com tree and then uploading it to other sites; includes uploading to FTDNA, MyHeritage and GedMatch.

This is a very good how-to if you have never done this. See the post here:

Download Your Ancestry Tree and Upload It Elsewhere for Added Benefit


Genetic Affairs has AutoPedigree

Why is it that the virus makes it harder to get things done? Again, I find myself just sitting around, trying to catch up with the next Netflix series….

MyHeritage gave me another suggestion to fix my issues with Theory of Relativity after uploading a new gedcom tree that did not work. Arghh, I get tired telling them that didn’t work either. It is too bad they are so shorthanded that they can’t actually test a suggestion before they feed it to customers. I’m reaching the point that I will stop recommending MyHeritage to newbies.

Roberta Estes wrote a post last week about a new Genetic Affairs product called AutoPedigree that sounded so interesting that I finally tried it.

I’ve always been nervous about the way Genetic Affairs saves your Ancestry or FTDNA account log-on passwords. And there is a fee that requires a credit card. Barbara Ray-Venter recommended it two years ago, but I was just squeamish about it. It took Roberta to push me over the edge (and the fact that I finally had a real unknown in my family). If you have unknown parentage issues in your family, this could be a great tool for you. Be sure to read the post. I will talk a little about it during the next DNA Discussions group. It is really quite slick!

Roberta’s post on the blog DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy can be found here:
CLICK for DNAeXplained


“God forbid we should be 20 years without a rebellion … What country can preserve its liberties if the rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?.” – Thomas Jefferson


MyHeritage is having a sale!

Sometimes we are asked “What DNA test is the best?”  Humm, that is dependent on you purpose for doing the test in the first place.  We can talk about that in a future version of the DNA Discussions Sig.  

Meanwhile, I generally say that the top companies are AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage.  I go on to suggest that the questioner wait for a sale — and then buy.  Well, MyHeritage has a sale going on now, during April, that is the lowest I have ever seen, $39 !  If you are really serious about taking an autosomal DNA test, go for this now.  MyHeritage is a good company, has great reporting systems, and your data can be downloaded for future use. And it has a big enough pool of testers that you are bound to find matches!  

You need to know that MyHeritage has an annual fee too, for building a tree, etc. But for the DNA, the $39 can’t be beat.

others currently 4/3/2020
FTDNA – $79 , no annual
AncestryDNA – $99 , annual
23andMe (ancestry only) – $99 , no annual

Upload your DNA data to MyHeritage for FREE for the next few days.

Sorry I am late posting this, but…

MyHeritage has a great deal going whereby you can upload DNA data files for whomever and not have to pay the normal $29 fee to process the file and get into the DNA Matching system! This deal lasts for a few more days, until midnight of December 18, 2019.

These days there are many people who have tested their DNA and are looking for a safe, free, and law-enforcement-free service where they can upload their DNA data and receive DNA matches. Now is the time to do it!!

Please go to their blog here for more information. MH BLOG

Gotta go now, I am going to go upload a data set for my sister-in-law now!


”Ancestry.com went down today, so I spent some time with family. They seem like nice people.”


MyHeritage Buys Promethease

Found on the MyHeritage blog today!

Today we are announcing MyHeritage’s acquisition of SNPedia and Promethease, through acquiring the company that owned and operated them, River Road Bio, expanding our intellectual property in medical genetics. This marks our first consumer health acquisition and our 10th acquisition since MyHeritage’s founding. Promethease will be made free through the end of 2019 and SNPedia will remain a free wiki resource for academic and non-profit use.

Promethease

Promethease.com is a literature retrieval service. It allows consumers to upload their raw DNA data (from services such as Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and others) and automatically compare it to SNPedia to see relevant scientific findings regarding their genome. The Promethease service currently costs $12, and offers consumers the option to store their DNA data. Since its launch in 2008, Promethease has become one of the world’s most popular consumer health services by allowing customers to obtain information based on their unique genetic makeup. Following this announcement, MyHeritage is transforming Promethease into a free service, effective today, and this free promotion will run until the end of 2019. MyHeritage intends to keep Promethease separate from its MyHeritage DNA health product line. Unlike Promethease, MyHeritage does not provide any health reports based on DNA data uploaded from other vendors. All of MyHeritage DNA’s health reports are based on clinical validation of the underlying DNA data.

Find out more, read the full announcement at:

https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/09/myheritage-acquires-promethease-and-snpedia/

number of SNPs tested by chip

I am testing the process of creating a Post here via Email. If it works well, perhaps we can get other folks to create postings too. This particular post might come or go rather quickly, so be-aware!

On a more serious note, I am going to create a table showing the number of SNPs tested by chip for the different testing companies. I was hoping to find what I wanted online somewhere, but alas, I will create one myself using these links.

ALL

https://isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA_testing_comparison_chart

23andme

http://www.rootsandrecombinantdna.com/2018/01/23andme-chip-versions-comparison.html

https://isogg.org/wiki/23andMe#Chip_versions

AncestryDNA

https://isogg.org/wiki/AncestryDNA#Chip_versions

https://dna-explained.com/2016/10/05/ancestry-v1-vs-v2-test-comparison/

MyHeritage

https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/04/update-regarding-dna-test-processing-times/

Genographic

https://dna-explained.com/2016/10/05/ancestry-v1-vs-v2-test-comparison/

FTDNA

https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/autosomal-ancestry/universal-dna-matching/data-points/

A little experiment – MyHeritage DNA Kit completed – abt 5 weeks

The excitement over MyHeritage’s new Theory of Relativity caused me to order their DNA test. I have taken ever other type of genetic genealogy DNA test there is, so I figure one more shouldn’t hurt! The last test I took was a Big-Y at FTDNA and it took about a year to get my results. Since FTDNA does the processing for MyHeritage, I have decided to track the time it takes to get my results.

Apparently MyHeritage is switching to a new chip type, perhaps this will cause a bit of a delay over normal. And I presume the Theory of Relativity has stimulated many new testers besides me. So I am expecting above average turn around time.

Anyway… I put my “biohazard” sample into the mailbox this afternoon, March 13. I am hopeful. I have heard good things about MyHeritage DNA reports and am anxious to see them.

Follow Up
2-28-2019 Ordered
3-13-2019 Mailed Kit
3-20-2019 Sample Received by labs
4-23-2019 DNA Kit Available!

It only took about 5 weeks from the time I mailed the sample. Not bad at all. But, when I attempted to download my raw DNA file, I received this message:

Your DNA sample was processed using a new chip. We are working to support the export of DNA data processed on the new chip, and this will be available soon.

So, good news, bad news. It looks like everything else is there, I am still having fun playing around.

5-8-2019 DNA Raw Data is available. I am not sure when it was ready, but it is now and I have downloaded! Overall, I am quite satisfied with MyHeritage’s DNA test turnaround time.