Sinking Ship?

You have probably heard by now that ancestry.com is abandoning its yDNA and mtDNA customers.  Sigh.  It's actually the third time that ancestry has abandoned a yDNA effort - so we can't be too surprised.

If you are one of the abandoned yDNA customers, you don't have to go down with the ship - you can jump into the Life Boat being provided by Family Tree DNA.  Folks with a yDNA or an atDNA test at ancestry.com can move to a professional DNA testing company - Family Tree DNA.  Here's a link to arrange your transfer:

transfer Y-DNA                      Transfer autosomal DNA

If you are transferring yDNA, be sure to do the $58 transfer - as that gives you full privileges at FTDNA.and tests the missing markers you will need at FTDNA.  It also puts your dna sample in storage for 25 years.

If you did a mtDNA test at ancestry.com, do download your results for your own use - so you will have what ancestry provided you.  Unfortunately, ancestry did not test a standard portion of the mtDNA sequence, so you can't transfer what you got from ancestry.

Once you have transferred your results into FTDNA, you can join your surname project.

In any case - download your yDNA and mtDNA results by September 5, 2014 - as ancestry.com is going to pull the plug and you won't be able to get them after that.

Terry

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Here is the notice from FTDNA:

On Thursday, Ancestry.com™ announced that they will no longer sell Y-DNA and mtDNA tests.  Additionally, the results from past Y-DNA and mtDNA tests will no longer be available after September 5, 2014.

There are no guarantee on what the future holds for Ancestry.com's™ autosomal DNA offering so we strongly recommend that you tell people that tested with Ancestry.com™ to transfer their Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA to Family Tree DNA where our main focus is genetic genealogy. mtDNA is not transferable because of compatibility issues.

Family Tree DNA is committed to supporting these valuable genealogical tests today and in the future.  You should encourage anyone who has tested with Ancestry.com™ to transfer their record to Family Tree DNA as soon as possible.

The Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA transfer options are listed below:

$19

Y-DNA 33 Marker Transfer

  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • No matches or haplogroup predictions

$19

Y-DNA 46 Marker Transfer

  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • No matches or haplogroup predictions

$58

Y-DNA 33 Transfer +

25 Marker Upgrade*

  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Y-DNA matches
  • Haplogroup predictions
  • Additional standard FTDNA Y-DNA features

$58

Y-DNA 46 Transfer +

37 Marker Upgrade*

  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Y-DNA matches
  • Haplogroup predictions
  • Additional standard FTDNA Y-DNA features

 

$69

Autosomal DNA

  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Family Finder matches
  • Additional standard Family Finder features

* Those unable to provide samples can still be upgraded to receive 12 marker matches for Y-DNA33 and 25 marker matches for their Y-DNA46

Thank you,

Family Tree DNA

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And here is the notice from ancestry.com

 

We are retiring the Y-DNA and mtDNA services

 
 

ancestry.com

 
 

Y-DNA and mtDNA tests and results will no longer be available

Over the years we have built up a variety of products that enable our users to discover, preserve and share their family history.

We recognize that there are a lot of ways that we, as a company, can make family history easier, more accessible and more fun for people all over the world.

In order to do this, we need to focus on our core offerings to ensure we’re delivering the best service and best product experience to our customers.

To that end, we’ve decided to retire our Y-DNA and mtDNA service on September 5, 2014, which means you will not be able to review your results after this date, but can download your raw DNA data prior to that time.

To safely and securely download your raw DNA data that comes as part of the service, you can export your results prior to the service’s retirement, by visiting DNA.Ancestry.com and logging in to begin the download process. Your raw DNA data will be exported into a .csv file format, and can be uploaded to other Y-chromosome and mtDNA testing services.

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For further questions, please click here or contact us at 1-800-828-2362 or support@ancestry.com.