RootsFinder now imports DNA matches from Ancestry.com, 23andMe, My Heritage, and FamilyTreeDNA, with New Analysis Tools

The following announcement was written by the developers of RootsFinder:

Orem, Utah: The free family history website RootsFinder.com announces that in addition to its previous support for importing matches from GEDmatch, users can now import their autosomal DNA matches from Ancestry.com, 23andMe, MyHeritage, and FamilyTreeDNA. Matches from these DNA testing companies can then be “tagged” to the user’s family tree for analysis and further research.

By tagging a match to a known relative, users color code their matches. This makes it easy to interpret their results using RootsFinder’s visual DNA analysis tools, including:

  • Match List
  • Segment View
  • Triangulation (Cluster) View
  • Circle View

RootsFinder’s visual DNA tools include filters which allow users to designate a particular area of focus such as kits connected to a particular match or a particular ancestor. Advanced filters allow people to widen or narrow the scope of their analysis.

RootsFinder recently announced two new hinting partners: OpenArch.nl and GenealogieOnline.nl, which have extensive collections of Dutch records and family trees. With the addition of these two new hinting partners, you can now get hints from up to 14 different websites on your RootsFinder tree, including FamilySearch, Findmypast, AmericanAncestors, and many others.

RootsFinder also recently announced increased storage to accommodate large family trees:

  • Free Forever Plan: double from 1GB to 2GB (about 1,000 photos)
  • Pro Plan: ten-fold increase from 10GB to 100GB (about 50,000 photos)

Also, RootsFinder now has a monthly Pro Plan for only $5/month (or $34.95/year).

For additional information about using RootsFinder tools to interpret DNA results, watch the YouTube video series “Interpreting DNA results with RootsFinder” on RootsFinder’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxlfj_6Qy8_BMZBJEbPn9Ncy5f9qKV78t.

You can also visit the RootsFinder booth #439 during RootsTech 2019, or watch the introductory video “Welcome to RootsFinder” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7Xg06Y9H8s to learn more about how RootsFinder integrates genetic genealogy with traditional family history research.

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Terms of Use has NOT been updated to reflect the change of the Plans. Still 1 GB, not 2 GB.

Can’t accept until the terms had been updated first.

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This article is not as clear as it should be in my opinion. Rootsfinder does not have any provision for importing actual DNA kit (raw) data (the SNP-based results), say from Ancestry, and then using their own algorithms to predict DNA connections to people on that web site who have also uploaded their DNA kit data. Rather Rootsfinder only accepts the results of predicted matches (in a spreadsheet-like format) that places like GEDMatch (or Ancestry, etc.) have generated from DNA kit primary data analysis through the use of their own computer methods.
Incidentally the RootsFinder website gives confusing information about the process or ability to import the DNA-kit based analysis results from other sites. The initial place you get sent to find out how to import DNA kits states:

“To import your DNA matches, do the following.
1. You will need to register for a paid account at DNA Gedcom to import from Ancestry”.

No thanks. I pay quite enough to Ancestry CA plus I have uploaded, for free, my Ancestry DNA results to GEDmatch, FTDNA, MyHeritage and Geni (and maybe others, I’ve lost track).
But if you drill more deeply into the RootsFinder website you will find this:

“RootsFinder doesn’t process raw DNA data. We use spreadsheets created from your DNA data. You will need to import your raw data to GEDmatch, or use DNA gedcom.”

GEDMatch (where I have already uploaded my Ancestry DNA kit) now seems to be ‘Genesis’.
Regardless, I don’t really see what advantage this importing of other site’s predictions gives you. For one thing, if you are importing the predictions that other sites have generated based on the actual primary DNA kit data you will have to import essentially every other site’s spreadsheet output. I have my DNA kit data on a number of sites (including the original, Ancestry) and even when there are obvious user overlaps between the different sites the predictions of the strength of DNA-based connections vary considerably because there are clear variations in how the DNA kit data gets interpreted in generating the predictions. What that seems to tell me is that on the Rootsfinder website you would have to manage a number of individual “sub accounts”, each focused on a different imported collection (and you would have to periodically refresh all of the imported information). I assume the proposed advantage would be that there will be users on Rootsfinder who are not on any other similar genealogy web site but who have uploaded their predicted DNA match data to Rootsfinder. That may or may not be true but that’s more work than I’m interested in taking on.

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    RootsFinder creates easy-to-understand and filter visualizations of DNA data derived from the complex spreadsheet data generated by other companies. We make it easy to see relationships, endogamy, and separate branches of the same line. RootsFinder is for users who want more than ethnicity estimates and generic out-of-the-box analysis of the DNA providers, but don’t want to do their own complicated computer analysis. Simply, RootsFinder gives ordinary people a way to graphically analyse their own data instead of relying on say Ancestry’s or 23 and Me’s behind-the-scenes relationship assessments.

    You are right that we do not process DNA raw and this should be made clearer in the documentation. DNA raw data can be processed through a $10 one month GEDmatch subscription. You can also use a one month $5 DNA Gedcom subscription to generate the necessary spreadsheets. You are also right that some people will want to periodically reprocess their data to gather new matches. We do not compare DNA kits of RootsFinder users or compare kits from different providers which belong to the same user.

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