I am considering taking a DNA test and should be pleased if you would be able to recommend a UK tester

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in WikiTree Help by Tony Eastwood G2G Crew (400 points)
MyHeritage has more European testers than the other big three. LivingDNA is based in the UK, but their pool of testers to compare with is small. Still, you can upload from there to other sites to get more matches.
Thanks very much. Tony
I would have to agree with Barry.

Living DNA is UK Based but has a small database. My Heritage is much more European oriented (which is why I chose them) than the other companies. Family tree DNA is not far behind - also with a smaller database - but also with a  much more world wide spread database. A lot of that is due to the yDNA and mtDNA tests they do.

Since I am not American, I chose not to use Ancestry and 23&me for 2 reasons.

1 - they still use the saliva spitting into tubes. All of the other 3 companies use Cheek swabs - much easier and cleaner.
2 - their databases may be bigger but they are far more American based than anything else.  And my family is not American.

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I used FTDNA 

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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I am in the UK and tested with Ancestry which has given me over 34,000 matches. I uploaded the raw data to My Heritage, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and GEDmatch to get more matches.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
Thanks, very helpful and I think I will use Ancestry. Tony
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You ask for a UK testing company. If it is for ancestry purposes, and you are looking to test autosomal DNA, I wonder if there is one with a large enough data base. Here's my own experience with a US company and my thoughts about what I'd do today.

My father, myself and my husband  were tested by 23 and me some years ago. Initially it was for health related DNA but of course  using the result for ancestry  is part of the package. Testing and getting results went smoothly. It all worked well for a year or so but then there was a hiatus whem they migrated to a new platform. They moved test kits in batches.Those from the UK were left a bit in limbo as they were amongst the last to be migrated. It was hopefully a one off and its fine now.

However, I wouldn't use them again. We have lots of matches but very few of any size because relatively few testers are from the UK. Most of the matches are from the descendants of aunts and uncles who probably emigrated in the 19thC. Very few of the people that match have developed trees so establishing a connection is almost impossible. Having said that, I have found one distant cousin whose ancestor went to the US in the early 19th century. I've managed to establish links with a couple of maternal 2nd cousins whose family remained in the UK. I've not established a single connection from my father's side. Husband has found a couple of 2nd cousins, one in Australia, one in Argentina.

If testing again, I would probably choose Ancestry.This is also an American  company but it has in recent years advertised widely in the UK and I think (but don't know for certain) that it has a larger pool of test takers from the UK. It's focus is of course ancestry.

If you feel you definitely want a UK company an  option would be Find my Past which is UK based. Unfortunately,  its only been DNA testing in the last year or so. Most of its testers are likely to be English but I  don't think it has had long enough to build a large data base . This may well change so it could be an investment for the future.

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (397k points)
edited by Helen Ford
Thanks, very helpful. Tony

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