MyHeritage Now Has DNA Matching Available

MyHeritage has just announced that DNA Matching is now live!

DNA-smallerMyHeritage compares DNA data of individuals, which has been uploaded to the MyHeritage website, in order to find matches based on shared DNA. Your DNA matches are people who are highly likely to be relatives (close or distant) because there are significant similarities between their DNA and yours. MyHeritage DNA Matching can open up exciting new research directions, and allow you to find and connect with relatives you may not have known about.

The DNA matching has been available for a few months in a limited beta test but now is available to everyone. The DNA Matching is free and will remain free for those who have already uploaded their DNA test results to MyHeritage. Anyone who has taken a DNA test with other test providers, or has DNA test results from other family members, and has not uploaded them to MyHeritage yet, the company recommends they hurry and upload the DNA data now, in order to enjoy free DNA Matching on MyHeritage forever.

What I like best about the MyHeritage DNA service is that the test results are presented in a manner that is easier to read than that of some competitive services. Quoting from the MyHeritage Blog:

“MyHeritage displays the matches in a new page called DNA Matches, in the Discoveries tab. This page lists all the DNA Matches, sorted by the amount of shared DNA, so closest relatives will be listed first. The page lists the top 500 matches. Keep in mind that DNA Matches listed at the very bottom who share very little to almost no DNA with you could be the result of identity by state rather than identity by descent. This is a technical way of saying that these are false positives and the DNA they share with you is a result of coincidence. Starting with 3rd cousins and going further, you should take DNA Matches with a grain of salt and look for additional pieces of information as an indication on whether a family connection exists (such as shared surnames or similar geographical locations between their family tree and yours).

“For every match listed, the page displays basic information about the person who matched your DNA, the possible relationship(s) between you and that person as implied by the DNA characteristics, information about the DNA Match quality, and family tree details if your match has a family tree.”

You can read a lot more about MyHeritage DNA Matching in the MyHeritage blog post at: http://blog.myheritage.com/2016/09/dna-matching-now-live.

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This data matching service sounds fine. I’d participate if the data are from the Y-DNA test (for males) – but probably that’s not what MyHeritage uses. They should be more specific.

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When I emailed MyHeritage to ask how long I should reasonably wait for my FamilyTree DNA to be “analyzed” or “processed” (i can’t remember which word the site used) I got what appeared to be a nice, computer-generated message that I could order a test kit from 23AndMe or upload results from same.

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Cousin Dick,
Will DNA matches be viewable by MyHeritage members who only have basic memberships? Or will one have to have a paid membership to view matches. I read the consent agreement, the terms of use and the full blog-post and did not find an answer to this question.
P.S. We met in Panama City, Florida, in spring of 2015.

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    —> Will DNA matches be viewable by MyHeritage members who only have basic memberships?

    The statement above says, “The DNA matching has been available for a few months in a limited beta test but now is available to everyone. The DNA Matching is free and will remain free for those who have already uploaded their DNA test results to MyHeritage.”

    From that, I would infer that results will not be available to free (Basic) members in the future unless they already participated earlier in the limited beta test.

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I uploaded my data as soon as I read this, and it seems to just be sitting there. There is a message about it being processed. How many weeks does this take, or do I need to buy a membership?

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