The magic of GEDmatch and WikiTree’s Surname DNA Connections

+9 votes

I would like to make a HUGE PLUG for everyone who has had a at-DNA (autosomal) test such as with FTDNA Family Finder, MyHeritage DNA or Ancestry DNA to upload their test data to GEDmatch.

 It is so simple to do this and makes it so much easier to find family matches!

Yesterday, I had a very successful session going through the Fraser DNA Connections page

Firstly, I clicked the “Birth” column header so that it sorted connections into the earliest born from the top then scrolled down the list of test takers identifying people who had done a mt-DNA test, then, if they had also uploaded this to GEDmatch compared my test with theirs. 

I am delighted to report I discovered 5 people my surname, and who were born in our ancestral   birthplaces who shared DNA segment matches and I intend to research these people from today to try to discover how we are related.

Sadly, there were many people on the list who only identified their original test provider which prevented me from being able to check if there was a match.  I know if I had had a subscription with their test taker I could have been able to see, however, this is such a time-consuming task.

So I would like to finish this with a BIG PLEA to anyone who has not uploaded their autosomal DNA test to GEDmatch to do so if they want to be most successful in finding their ancestors!!

in Genealogy Help by Alistair Fraser G2G5 (5.5k points)
edited by Darlene Athey-Hill
Thank you very much Alistair!  Everyone in WikiTree who says they have tested with 23andMe, Living DNA (and as you mentioned AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, and Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder) really should upload to and add their GEDmatch ID to  

GEDmatch is free.  If they are having trouble with their upload to GEDmatch then there are many WikiTree testees in G2G who can help.

Encourage your close matches at your testing company to upload to  Encourage your matches in GEDmatch to add their GEDmatch ID and ancestry to WikiTree and hopefully connect to yours.

I added the autosomal tag to the post and changed mt-DNA to autosomal.  wink

1 Answer

+6 votes
Best answer
GEDmatch only allows uploads of autosomal DNA not mtDNA.  mtDNA is now only available at FTDNA - you can upload it to (for mt and y-DNA).

The principle Alistair is suggesting is correct - please upload!
by Veronica Williams G2G6 Pilot (155k points)
selected by Lynden Rodriguez

Hello Veronica, also tests mtDNA

Better yet, they test HVR1 which is an inexpensive way to rule out matches with suspected direct maternal line cousins. HVR1 tests can be upgraded to full sequence.  Prices are less then Family Tree DNA.  Results can be uploaded to to associate mtDNA with direct maternal lines in WikiTree and to compare with other labs (such as Family Tree DNA).

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