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:
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“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
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
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.”
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.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:
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.
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.