Providing Ancestral Info at FTDNA

Input Your Ancestral Information at FTDNA  
The information you post on your FTDNA personal page about your ancestors is a big part of DNA testing.  Don't ignore it!
  • The information you submit for "Most Distant Ancestor" will be posted with your results and shown to your matches.
  • The GEDCOM you upload will be provided to your matches to help them find connections in your paper trails. 
When you are tested at Family Tree DNA, you are given access to myFTDNA Home--your
Personal Page--as soon as your test kit is returned.

How do I provide my Most Distant Known Ancestor at FTDNA so it will appear with my results?
 
1.  You will need your kit number and a password (which FTDNA sends you when your
kit is returned) to log in at www.familytreedna.com to view your “myFTDNA page”.
(If you have forgotten your kit number or password, you can call FTDNA at (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@familytreedna.com)

 
2.  Touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue menu bar across the top of your personal page at FTDNA. 
  • Click "Most Distant Ancestor" in the drop-down menu.
  • You can add your Most Distant Ancestor Information on the next screen.
    • "Most Distant Known Paternal Ancestor” is the important one for your YDNA test.
    • “Most Distant Known Maternal Ancestoris your mother’s mother’s mother’s line—important for mtDNA tests.  NOT the wife of your paternal ancestor.
       

How do I provide my family tree information (GEDCOM) at FTDNA?

1.  You will need your kit number and a password (which FTDNA sends you when your

kit is returned) to log in at www.familytreedna.com to view your “myFTDNA page”.
(If you have forgotten your kit number or password, you can call FTDNA at (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@familytreedna.com)

 
2.  Upload Your GEDCOM - uploading a GEDCOM if you have one is not essential, but it is a good way to share your family tree with those you match.  
  • Touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue menu bar across the top of your personal page at FTDNA. 
  • Click "GEDCOM/Family Tree" in the drop-down menu.
  • Follow instructions to upload your GEDCOM.
  • GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication which is a cross-platform plain-text file program developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Nearly all genealogy programs support the importing and exporting of GEDCOM files. 
  • The symbol for the GEDCOM will appear next to your name when you are a match for another man, and he can click the link to view your GEDCOM to find any connections.
    When you see the blue GEDCOM symbol (below) next to the name of your match, that means he has uploaded his GEDCOM (his family tree).
Tips:
  • If you do not have a genealogy program with which to create a GEDCOM you can download free genealogy software from MyHeritage.com. To get the latest version of this free software, Family Tree Builder 5.1, use the following link: http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder
  • Do not attempt to upload an entire GEDCOM with thousands of names to the MyFTDNA page as it will reject it. It is much easier and less confusing to create GECOMS of just the Y-DNA or mtDNA line that the DNA was tested for. With Family Finder results, we recommend uploading a tree with all direct lines back to the 5th generation.
  • If the results have been or are going to be uploaded to ysearch.org or mitosearch.org, then also upload your GEDCOM to those results as well.
Additional info on GEDCOMs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEDCOM

Have an error with my most distant ancestor

I listed an ancestor on my grandmother, on my father side of the family as my oldest ancestor.

How do I change this?

Depends on where you listed it

If you input this info into your Most Distant Ancestor field in your FTDNA kit page under "My Account" - change it there.  If you emailed it to us to put on the Patriarch page - email us the correction - along with what it replaces and how to find it