Friday, April 20, 2018

DNA Day Sales 2018

DNA Day isn't until April 25th, but there are already lots of DNA Day Sales to chose from! (Will update as announced.)


USA - $59 click here to order, April 19th (9pm PDT) - 29th (9pm PDT). Lowest price of the year. 

AncestryDNA may also go on sale at Amazon so I will keep an eye on that and update if it does. Please click here to check if I haven't updated this yet. 

Canada -  click here to check prices
UK -  click here to check prices  
Australia ( - click here to check prices


DNA Day sale - 30% off through April 25th (Midnight PDT). US and Canada only. Click here to order.

23andMe Ancestry-only on Amazon only $69 + free shipping today. Click here to order.

Ancestry + Health Reports is only $139 + free shipping today.  Click here to order. 


DNA kit still reduced to $69 now through April 25th, order here.

Free DNA uploads here.

Family Tree DNA Sale Starts now through April 28th. Click here to order

Living DNA

20% off on April 25th. Click here to order when sale starts. 

Start your DNA adventure today

*I will continue to update this post if more sales are announced, so please check back.*

**Disclosure** -- Ordering through links found on this blog will result in "The DNA Detectives" receiving a small commission from your sale, which helps to defray the costs of my extensive volunteer work and allows me to continue to dedicate a significant amount of time to these volunteer activities. A portion of these commissions also benefits The DNA Detectives Kits of Kindness donation program (details on program at link). Ordering through these links will not increase the price that you pay. Thank you for your support. 

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday Weekend 2017 DNA Kit Sales - Updated

It is the time for DNA test kit sales...and just in time for the holidays! These are fantastic prices - some of the best ever - and will ensure we all get many more new matches, including from international testers. 

DNA kit sales being offered in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and in select European countries. They are good through the end of the weekend. Click on the relevant links to check pricing in your area. 

AncestryDNA - US - $59 >> Click here to order (update: now $69 until Dec 14th)
Ancestry's incredible Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer - Ancestry DNA Kit at only $59! and Subscriptions at 50% Off! Starting November 23rd 9:00PM PST to November 27th 8:59PM PST. (Note: Free shipping codes do not work with the DNA kit offer.) 
    Don't miss out - it's the lowest price of the year. $59

50% off Subscriptions!

Click here or on the image above for 50% off Ancestry Subscriptions

If your current membership is expiring in the next 90 days, you may be able to gift yourself a new membership by turning off your renewal ("canceling" your account) and setting the gift membership to start the day after your current membership is scheduled to end. 

Ancestry FAQ: 

Are gift memberships available for the international versions of Ancestry — for example,

At this time, you can only buy gift memberships for, our U.S.-based site. However, you can buy anyone, anywhere a World Explorer gift membership that includes access to all the international historical record collections on [bolding/italics mine]

Amazon AncestryDNA kit - US - $54.99 >> Click here to order.
AncestryDNA kits are reduced to $54.99 on Amazon - Cyber Monday only. (Prime = free shipping). Ends Nov 27th 11:59pm PST.

AncestryDNA - UK - £49 >> Click here to order
Don't miss out- it's the lowest price of the year, sale until Nov 27th, 11:59pm! Ancestry DNA Kit only £49!

AncestryDNA - Canada - $79 >> Click here to order
AncestryDNA Kit only $79 CAD! StartinNovember 24th 7:00AM PST until November 28th 12:00 AM PST.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale: Don't miss out - it's our lowest price of the year. Ancestry DNA Kit only $79!

AncestryDNA - AUS - $99 >> Click here to order
Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale: Lowest Price $99 AUD!
Start Date/Time: 22nd November 12:00 pm
End Date/Time: 27th November 11:59pm 

23andMe US - $69, $129 (or $99 each for two or more) >> Click here to order (for international, scroll down)
23andMe' Cyber Monday sale has started. Ancestry-only kits are $69 and Ancestry + Health is $129 or only $99/each if you buy two or more (which is a great price!).  If you have been waiting for the complete kit with the health results included, this is a good time to purchase. This offer ends Tuesday, Nov. 28th at noon PST.  **Before you buy, look at the offer from Amazon below this one in case you prefer to order from there**

23andMe US Ancestry + Health on Amazon - $129 >> Click here to order
If you have Prime, then this will save you $10 on shipping costs.

If you have Prime, then this will save you $10 on shipping costs.

23andMe International - £59, £129 - UK, $99 CAD, $219 CAD - Canada, $99 USD - Australia (Ancestry only) >> Click here to order (and to check your country's pricing for international, generally $20 - $30 off if on sale).

MyHeritage DNA - $49 US, £39 UK, $64 AUD >> Click here to order (and to check your country's pricing for international)
Black Friday to Cyber Monday DNA sale - $49! Starting November 21st through November 27th, DNA kits will be available for only $49 instead of $99. 
That's 50% off - the lowest price EVER on MyHeritage DNA! 
FREE expedited shipping on orders of 3+ kits (US only) and free standard shipping on 2+ kits.
Don't forget that MyHeritage is still accepting free raw data uploads from other companies too - upload here.

Family Tree DNA - $49 for Family Finder! >> Click here to order
Family Finder is $49 until November 27 and then will be $59. Even better - shipping has been reduced to only $4.95! Y-DNA and mtDNA are on sale until the end of the year.  Don't forget uploads are still free here ($19 for premium features). 

Living DNA - $89 >> Click here to order (and to check your country's pricing for international). Lowest price ever! This Black Friday, through to Cyber Monday, Living DNA are offering all their customers the chance to get a DNA test for a never-seen-before price of $89! 

Although not a DNA testing kit, this is very relevant to genetic genealogy research. also has a Black Friday sale - $20 off a 6 month subscription. I use their service almost every day in my DNA research, so I highly recommend them. (You can also subscribe to through an membership - half off right now.) Offer ends Nov 26th. Click here to order.

**Disclosure** Ordering through links found on this blog will result in "The DNA Detectives" receiving a small commission from your sale, which helps to defray the costs of my extensive volunteer work and allows me to continue to dedicate a significant amount of time to these volunteer activities. A portion of these commissions also benefits The DNA Detectives Kits of Kindness donation program (details on program at link). Ordering through these links will not increase the price that you pay. Thank you. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Don't Miss Me on "Finding Your Roots" Tuesday Night + I4GG Reminder + Sales

Finding Your Roots
I hope you have been enjoying Season Four of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  The next episode airing on Tuesday, November 21st will feature actress Tea Leoni's mother's adoption story. Due to the adoption taking place in Texas, which is a closed adoption record state, we were unable to learn any information regarding her biological family through the records, so DNA was the only answer. Fortunately, I was able to identify both of Tea's biological maternal grandparents through DNA research. I will briefly appear on the show to discuss my work with Dr. Gates. I hope you will watch! 

From what it appears, most markets will air reruns of Finding Your Roots from Season 3 for the following two weeks. Based on the schedules I found online, it seems that the two episodes on which I appeared last season will re-air on Dec 5th. So if you missed LL Cool J's mother's adoption story and DNA success and Jimmy Kimmel's touching episode last season, please tune in for those as well! The new season will then restart with the last two episodes on December 12th and 19th. For my genetic genealogy friends, Charlayne Hunter-Gault also had some very interesting DNA research. It can't all be included in the episode due to it being so extensive, but some of it will appear. Following is the schedule to my knowledge. Please check your local listings. 

  • Tues., Nov. 21, 2017, 8 p.m.: “Relatives We Never Knew We Had” with Tea Leoni and Gaby Hoffmann
  • Tues., Nov. 28, 2017, 8 p.m.: “The Stories We Tell” with Donna Brazile, Ty Burrell and Kara Walker (encore broadcast from Season Three)
  • Tues., Dec. 5, 2017, 8 p.m.: “Family Reunions” with Sean Combs and LL Cool J (encore broadcast from Season Three)
  • Tues., Dec. 5, 2017, 9 p.m.: “Tragedy + Time = Comedy” with Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader (encore broadcast from Season Three)
  • Tues., Dec. 12, 2017, 8 p.m.: “Southern Roots” with Questlove, Dr. Phil and Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  • Tues., Dec. 19, 2017, 8 p.m.: “Funny Business” with Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari

Institute for Genetic Genealogy
If you haven't yet signed up for our I4GG Conference on Dec. 9th and 10th in San Diego, Tuesday November 21st is the last day for early registration. It will be two entire days of exclusively genetic genealogy instruction! We have many wonderful speakers from among the leading researchers in our field as well as representatives from all five of the major DNA testing companies that offer genealogy features. The schedule can be found here. We are getting very close to filling up and registration may close at any time, so please don't delay if you plan to attend. 

Black Friday Sales
Stay tuned for the upcoming Black Friday DNA kit sales later this week. I will publish them here as soon as they started coming in. In the meantime, 23andMe's great Thanksgiving deal is coming to an end this Thursday. Single Ancestry-only kits (no health results included but can be upgraded later) are only $69 and if you buy two or more, then are only $49 each, which is an amazing deal. The offer runs through Thursday. Order here

**Disclosure** Ordering through links found on this blog will result in "The DNA Detectives" receiving a small commission from your sale, which helps to defray the costs of my extensive volunteer work and allows me to continue to dedicate a significant amount of time to these volunteer activities. A portion of these commissions also benefits The DNA Detectives Kits of Kindness donation program (details on program at link). Ordering through these links will not increase the price that you pay. Thank you. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Discrepancies with Amount of Shared DNA for Close Family Matches at MyHeritage

I was previously aware that there are some issues with the more distant matches on MyHeritage DNA, so I have been advising caution about using those in genealogical research, but was more confident about the close family matches. I uploaded both my parents' data and my aunt and uncle and all matched me and each other as expected. However, in the last couple of days, I have become aware of some pretty serious issues with matches in the category that includes half-sibling relationships (~25% shared).

Case #1
For several months, I have been working with a woman who was abandoned as a baby. We had successfully zeroed in on her biological family through pedigree triangulation on AncestryDNA and were trying to determine which of two sisters was her biological mother. The daughter of one of the sisters had agreed to test at MyHeritage, with the expectation of a DNA share consistent with either first cousins or half-siblings. Her results came back with 17.9% (1,294.9 cM) DNA shared between them. This was unfortunate since it fell in a gray area where the ranges of shared DNA for the two possible relationships overlap, so it looked like we would have no definitive answer to the question of her parentage. We then uploaded her data to Gedmatch and were shocked to see that they actually shared ~25% (1,758.9 cM) of their DNA - a clear half-sibling match.

This is what the comparison on MyHeritage looked like:

This is what the comparison looked like on Gedmatch:

That is a 464 cM difference! This pushes the relationship solidly into the half-sibling relationship category without any ambiguity. We expect small differences between the different companies and/or third party comparisons, but in all the years I have been involved in genetic genealogy, I have never seen a comparison vary so drastically. In fact, they have been so consistent in the eight years we have been working with autosomal DNA matching, that it has given our community great confidence about the reliability of the matching algorithms that we work with at the three major DNA companies and Gedmatch. 

This was very concerning to me so I followed up on some potentially similar situations I had heard about in my DNA Detectives Facebook group and immediately found two more examples like the one above.

Case #2
Here is the comparison between two half-siblings at MyHeritage:

Here they are at AncestryDNA:

And here they are at Gedmatch:

As you can see, this set of half-sisters was reported to share 1,142 cM at MyHeritage, 1,620 cM at AncestryDNA and 1,699.4 cM at Gedmatch.  Again, this is highly problematic with a difference of 478 cM and 557 cM between MyHeritage's estimate and the other two services.

Case #3
This is a comparison of a full uncle/nephew at MyHeritage:

and at Gedmatch:

Again, we see a large discrepancy between the comparison at MyHeritage versus the one at Gedmatch - 937 cM at the former versus 1,409.2 cM at the latter, for a difference of 472.2 cM.  Also note, that the number of matching segments is doubled in the Gedmatch comparison as opposed to the MyHeritage one.

I would really like to see the MyHeritage comparisons on a chromosome browser to determine exactly what is going on here. Hopefully, they will soon add that feature.

Don't get me wrong, I welcome new companies that offer services to our community and am very supportive of their efforts, however accuracy is absolutely essential when using DNA to draw genealogical conclusions and determine the relationship between two people. These very significant discrepancies definitely can and, perhaps, already have caused MyHeritage customers to reach inaccurate conclusions about their relationships to each other. This can be very damaging to the reputation of our industry and, especially, in relation to the work I do assisting people of unknown parentage to identify and connect with their biological families. If we cannot count on reliability in the reported amount of shared DNA, this undermines our efforts to convince newly-found family members that the proposed relationship is authentic. It is my hope that MyHeritage will move quickly to correct this very serious issue. In the meantime, I recommend always double checking your comparisons by uploading to Gedmatch and running the one-to-one comparison there. 

I was able to locate these examples very quickly, so I am confident there are many more out there. Please comment below if you have an example of your own.

[Edited to add - I am still recommending that people of unknown parentage get their DNA into the MyHeritage database due to the many success stories we are seeing there, but I strongly suggest checking any important/significant matches at Gedmatch, if at all possible, to confirm any newly-found relationships.]

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Summer DNA Kit Sales - AncestryDNA and FTDNA

AncestryDNA for the U.S. is 30% off from August 6th - 15th, only $69. Order here or by clicking on the image below.

This kit is also on sale at Amazon for $69 here

Family Tree DNA's Family and Friends sale lasts until August 31st, save 20% off or more. Order here or by clicking on the image below. 

Family Tree DNA Friends & Family Summer Sale

Here are the sale prices. The Y-37 test is a good deal and, best of all, Big Y is only $395! 

If you have already tested autosomal DNA at one or more company, when you receive your results, I strongly recommend you take advantage of the option to upload your Ancestry raw data file to Family Tree DNA's Family Finder - free for matching and only $19 to unlock enhanced features (chromosome browser, MyOrigins, etc...). Upload to Family Finder here. 
Then upload to the MyHeritage DNA database for free here.
Next, upload to the free site

**Disclosure** Ordering through links found on this blog will result in "The DNA Detectives" receiving a small commission from your sale, which helps to defray the costs of my extensive volunteer work and allows me to continue to dedicate a significant amount of time to these volunteer activities. A portion of these commissions also benefits The DNA Detectives Kits of Kindness donation program (details on program at link). Ordering through these links will not increase the price that you pay. Thank you. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DNA Day Sales 2017

There are lots of DNA Day Sales to chose from this year!


USA - 20% off, click here to order, April 21st - 26th

Canada - $30 off, click here to order, April 19th - 25th

UK - 25% off,  click here to order,  April 24rd - 26th

Australia ( - No DNA Day Sale announced as of April 20th 

AncestryDNA also on Amazon for $20 off and free shipping. Order here.

Family Tree DNA

Sales on Family Finder, mtFull and Y-DNA click here to order, April 20th - 27th at 11:59pm CST


$40 off, click here to order, 12pm GMT April 20th - 12pm GMT April 26th 


No DNA Day kit sale announced as of April 20th.

DNA kit still reduced to $79, order here.

Free DNA uploads here.

Special deal on Record Subscriptions: You can get a 14 day free trial for the Complete records subscription here, plus more than 50% off for the year if the subscription is continued after the trial. This is for new customers only.


No DNA Day kit sale announced as of April 20th, but there is a Mother's Day sale - $20 off through May 14th. Limit of two per person. Order here

**I will continue to update this post if more sales are announced, so please check back.**

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Fourth Pond: MyHeritage DNA

For years we have been advising DNA testers, specifically those searching for birth family and attempting to solve family mysteries, to test at all three of the major DNA testing companies, in other words to “fish in all three ponds.”  These three autosomal DNA databases – AncestryDNA, 23andMe and FamilyTree DNA - now contain between about five to six million testers in total. 

For another company to be able to compete in this space, they must offer a test comparable in resolution and features, and be prepared to tackle the challenging proposition of “catching up” with the databases of the other three companies. That is a tall order and, so far, there have been no other companies to earn our recommendation. With that said, I believe the time has come that we must consider revising our advice to include a fourth “pond,” MyHeritage DNA.

When a genealogist or person of unknown parentage is seeking to answer a specific question about their ancestors, near or far, the chance of success, at least, partially relies on luck. Who else has tested at the same company? For unknown parentage this is especially true. For example, an adoptee may test at only one company, while the birth parent or sibling is tested at another. If the attempt to search goes no further, then there will be no successful outcome. Since all of these databases are proprietary and only a relatively small percentage upload to the third party comparison site Gedmatch, it is essential for those engaged in unresolved searches to make sure the DNA is submitted to all databases where there may be a unique match.

Recently, MyHeritage launched their DNA matching service. For most of us, it may be easy to ignore them for now while they work out their questionable matching algorithms and grow their database to a size that earns our interest, but for those of unknown parentage or for birth parents who have yet to find success in their searches, it may not be prudent to do so. In the last couple of weeks, I have been made aware of several unknown parentage cases that were resolved through MyHeritage DNA. These searchers had made sure that their DNA was “fishing in all three of the ponds,” plus Gedmatch, and yet had not found the answers they were seeking in any of those databases. Since MyHeritage offers a free upload of the raw data files from the other three DNA testing companies, this has encouraged some in my DNA Detectives Facebook group to try it out.

Well, it turns out that MyHeritage is having success at attracting its own unique group of testers who are not at the other three companies. Lo and behold, for some, what they have been looking for is in that database and nowhere else. Since it is, undoubtedly, still the smallest database, the odds of finding a close match are presently low, but they are clearly not zero.

Consider these three recent MyHeritage DNA success stories.


From Robin:

The father was my first love, high school sweetheart. He was three years older.  We had talked about getting married but something happened…he turned and suddenly didn’t want anything to do with me.  I was devastated and distraught. 

I gave my daughter up through the LDS Social Services in a closed adoption.  At the time they did not do adoptions with pictures or information given to the birth parent after the birth.  I had told my counselor that someday I wanted to meet her.

I had tried everything to try and find her.  I had always thought she was adopted in California.  It wasn’t but about 20 years ago that I found out it was actually in Davis County, Utah.  I had been looking in the wrong place.  I tried to register in the Utah adoption registry, but they wouldn’t let me because the birth had to be in that state.  I tried to register in the Hawaii adoption registry, but they wouldn’t let me because the adoption had to be there.  The birth was in Hawaii and adoption in Utah -- just opposite from their rules.  I tried to send for the amended birth certificate hoping someone would screw-up and send it to me.  I got the original one….  I tried talking with people in Hawaii.  I tried talking with people in Utah.  I tried writing the court to tell them I had cancer in 2003 and it was imperative that I get a hold of her to let her know the medical history.  They never wrote me back… I even had a friend attorney try to find a loophole the in Hawaii law code that would permit me to have the records open. No luck, nothing.  I was pretty discouraged.  My mother passed in 2001 and I had always wanted her to meet my daughter but it didn’t happen.  I even would say, ”Mom, I know you know who she is now and please just whisper her name in my ear.”  If I had a name I knew the chances of finding her were pretty good.

My husband and I also wanted to do our DNA even though we had a fairly good idea of our roots and where we were from. For Christmas 2016 we decided to both do our DNA through AncestryDNA.  My friend Jennifer was helping me… and in the process I told her my story about having a child at 15 and giving her up for adoption.  She said, “You have to meet my sister-in-law!!” Her sister-in-law Mckell, came over to my house and told me how she helps people find people.  She told me that I have to upload my DNA data with other sites.  I was a little skeptical at first because that was really putting myself out there, but, oh well, the government knows everything about us anyway, what the heck!  She had me go on this site and that site and to MyHeritage. This was in January 2017.  I was grateful to her but really didn’t think about it much after that day.  Every now and then I would get an email from the sites saying they found my 14th cousin….ok, that’s an exaggeration but you get what I mean.  No big deal, right. 

So on Sunday April 2nd I had received a notice on my phone that I had an email from MyHeritage.  Oh another one of those….  I hadn’t been feeling good so I pretty much lay around, watched TV all day.  That evening I got ready for bed and decided to look at my emails.  It was about 10pm.  I pulled the email up and started to read...

Hi Robin,
Good news! We’ve discovered new DNA Matches for you.
(OK another one….)
Your top new DNA Matches
Age 40's
From USA
49.1% shared DNA suggest the following possible relationship:
(What the heck…)
It took my breath away. 

Robin's MyHeritage Match

I quickly called Jennifer, she didn’t answer so I texted her: "MyHeritage…..Daughter….call me ASAP!" She called Mckell and Mckell called me all calm like.  I told her and she said,  "Robin, that is HER!"  I kept questioning because I just couldn’t believe it. The next two hours Mckell and I were on the phone trying to find out everything I could about Becky.  I still couldn’t find her birthday.  That was the one piece that would cinch this whole puzzle for me to really know if it was her.

At 7:40 am I sent Becky a private message to her Facebook page,
"Hi Becky my name is Robin … and I live in Mesa, AZ.  My Heritage DNA messaged me yesterday and if you are who I think you are, I have been looking for you practically my whole life.  When is your birthday? Please call me 480 -…"

I went to work and stewed all day.  I couldn’t focus and I tried to keep myself busy.  Finally at 2:33pm I got a response:
Hi Robin! What a surprise! Can you tell me the birthdate of the person you think I am? (Winky face)

Me: Yes I gave birth to a daughter January 10, 19xx [removed for privacy] in Queens Hospital in Honolulu Hawaii. I was 15 yrs old.

Her: (Big smiley face) OMGoodness!!! WOW!!! Yes, it’s me (cheezy grin) Forgive me, I’m kind of in shock.  Can we text for a bit before we talk? 

Me: Yes, I found out last night about 10pm.  I have a friend that made me sign up in MyHeritage…I was up till 1am,  got up this am at 6. Had to take a sleeping pill I was so excited….I’m at work but its ok.  Whenever you are ready…I’ve waited this long :)

We continued to talk back and forth until she had to go get ready for work.  I told her we have seven children and that she has five sisters and two brothers.  She was blown away, but in a good way.  She was so excited to have sisters.  She always wanted a big family.  I told her we have 30 in our family -- and that is just my husband and I, our kids, their spouses, and grandchildren. 

Becky had done her DNA through MyHeritage to find out her roots….she got a lot more than she bargained for.

So much more happened…. Then we met….that’s another story….

Robin and her biological daughter Becky meeting for the first time

Robin's daughter Becky had only tested at one DNA company.  

Unlike a person of unknown parentage searching for their birth parents, when a birth parent is searching for their biological child, it is like searching for a needle in a haystack. This is because that one person (or their descendants) has to have also taken a DNA test. Very importantly, they must be in the same database. In this case, if Robin had only submitted her DNA to one, two or three of the DNA testing companies, and if Mckell had not encouraged Robin to upload to MyHeritage, she would not be reunited with her daughter today. 


Nancy used MyHeritage in her search for her mother's birth parents

From Nancy:

Well thanks to you and a 20/20 piece you did, I took my first DNA test with AncestryDNA last year. (My husband did as well and found his birth father!) I was trying to uncover my mother’s true origins. The story I had heard was that my mom's birthmother had my mom and went away with her. She then came back to the birth father’s house and dropped her off to never be seen again. In the end, my mom was raised by neither birth parent and ended up being adopted by someone else.

I took all available tests out there and transferred my raw DNA data to all sites that were free. My best match was a 4th cousin on AncestryDNA.

About two weeks ago I get an email from MyHeritage about a match with 870.8 cM shared and, at the same time, I got a match on AncestryDNA with 355 cM shared.  The MyHeritage match turned out to be my half-aunt on my maternal grandmother’s side and the AncestryDNA match was my half-first cousin on my maternal grandfather’s side, so each match identified one of my mother’s birth parents! 

My aunt told me that my mom’s birth father and grandmother came and took the baby from her and told her to stay away! She said the family knew about my mom and they would celebrate her birthday and keep her memory alive in the family. Tragically, according to my aunt, my maternal grandmother died heartbroken over losing her daughter.

Nancy's mom and her birthparents

Bittersweet discovery, but finally some answers. 

It turns out that while Nancy's DNA was in all the databases, her aunt had ONLY tested at MyHeritage. 

She explained, "I was bored one day from surgery and I started looking into it. I bought my kit, sent in my DNA, and the rest is history! I have never done this before. I am so glad I did -- LOOK. We found each other, Mija. I am so happy." 

She further explained her main goal in testing was to confirm Native American ancestry. It is difficult to predict why a person might test in one database and not another – even the smaller ones.


Get your tissues out for this beautiful story of sisters, Morgan and Jennisara, finding each other.



These recent success stories have convinced me that for those searching for close biological family members, if all else fails, it is time to give MyHeritage a try. Thanks to the company's offer of free raw data uploads it will cost nothing to do so and the small effort may pay off handsomely. You just never know who it sitting in that database waiting to be matched to you, or who will test there next week or next year. It is worth the effort to make sure we are covering all the bases. 

If you are looking to break down more distant genealogical brick walls, you may also want to consider uploading your raw data while it is still free. Please note, however, that at this time there seem to be issues with the matching algorithms, so I would approach the matches with caution. (Of course, any close family matches like the ones in the story above should be very reliable due to the ease of detecting/predicting these.) For those researching more recent European roots, I believe MyHeritage DNA will continue to grow in importance due to their appeal to testers outside of the United States. 

You can upload here.

Best of luck with your searches/research and I would love to hear about any more MyHeritage DNA success stories in the comments below.

[Edited to add: MyHeritage has offered my readers a free 14-day trial for their genealogical records Complete Plan, plus over 50% off for the year for those who continue after the trial period. This offer is good for new customers only. The trial can be be found here.]