23andMe & Ancestry kit?

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I have a question about the kind of DNA kit I should purchase. I read elsewhere that the 23andMe test is not compatible with Ancestry.com since 23andMe started using the GSA chip in August 2017. However, I came across this package on Amazon:

23andMe DNA Test - Health + Ancestry Personal Genetic Service

Is this some kind of partnership between Ancestry.com and 23andMe or is this something that just 23andMe is doing? Does anyone know?

Also, if it's both, is there a way I can order this with a WikiTree link so that WikiTree can get the credit?


asked in Genealogy Help by Billy Dunn G2G6 (6.5k points)

1 Answer

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Hi Billy, that is no longer accurate as the GEDmatch Genesis kits have been merged (though you cannot mix 23andme and Ancestry kits on those sites and have to go through third parties). Also, it is not a partnership with Ancestry.com - "ancestry" is a general term in this instance. 23andme vs Ancestry is down to your particular preference - what are you looking for in a DNA kit?
answered by Liz Marshall G2G6 Mach 3 (39.1k points)
Okay, well I have both my parent's DNA tests (dad is FTDNA Y-DNA67 in 2008 and mom did Ancestry I think in 2017). I think I'm interested more in the genealogy aspect of the DNA analysis at the moment. So what is the recommended kit? I'm sure whatever I use I will download the RAW results and use GEDmatch and DNAGedcom to work with the data. (I'm guessing but I think that's the idea) Thanks!
GEDmatch (on their Genesis site, going forward) allows uploading results from most of the major testing companies to be able to compare matches across the testing companies with others who have uploaded there. While this is beneficial, many testers at the major testing companies don't upload their results to GEDmatch. FTDNA provides the ability to upload results from other sites for free, though charges a fee to use some of the FTDNA tools. But my understanding is that newer test results from 23andMe are not compatible at FTDNA.

While I've only tested at FTDNA, my understanding is that if you test at AncestryDNA, you'll be able to compare to all the matches there, you'll be able to upload to GEDmatch/Genesis to compare to the matches there, and you'll have the option to upload your AncestryDNA results to FTDNA with the potential to compare to all the matches there. I also believe that AncestryDNA results are compatible with most of the DNAGedcom tools, though I have no experience working with AncestryDNA results (just FTDNA results) there.

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