Just posted on the MyHeritage Blog:
Excerpt From the MyHeritage Blog:
Users who upload DNA data this week (December 11-18 2019) will be granted access to all advanced DNA features for free, for this DNA data, saving the need for the usual $29 unlock fee per kit, now and in the future!
Why upload to MyHeritage
- Huge global user base of more than 3.5 million people
- The best service worldwide for European DNA matches
- Advanced and innovative DNA tools Including Chromosome Browser, AutoClusters, Theory of Family Relativity™ and much more
- DNA data uploaded to MyHeritage is completely private and secure. Only you can see the DNA data you upload.
- MyHeritage will never sell data to insurance companies, and we have a strict policy prohibiting the use of our DNA services by law enforcement agencies.
What the limited-time offer includes
If you take advantage of this offer and upload your raw DNA data this week, in addition to the basic DNA features such as receiving, exporting, and contacting DNA Matches and viewing shared ancestral surnames, you’ll be able to access the following features absolutely free, not just this week but also in the future:
- Ethnicity Estimate
- Chromosome Browser
- View family trees and pedigree charts of your DNA Matches
- Shared DNA Matches
- Shared ethnicities
- Shared ancestral places
- Theory of Family Relativity™
This looks like anyone who uploads will essentially join those who were grandfathered in in the early days of MyHeritage before it changed to require paid access for advanced features.
This also indicates that MyHeritage:
- Has added 1 million more DNA kits since they last reported (previously reported as 2.5 million on the ISOGG wiki).
- Remains committed to keeping law enforcement from using service ("a safe, free, and law-enforcement-free service where they can upload their DNA data and receive DNA matches.")
This offer appears to be, at least in part, in response to the news of the purchase of GEDmatch by Verogen (a "sequencing company solely dedicated to forensic science"). As many people deleted their data in response to that news, this offers them alternative access to some of the features, e.g. cross-platform comparisons and a chromosome browser.
I would encourage those not familiar with MyHeritage to read up on their features:
According to MyHeritage's FAQ, here are the upload files accepted:
- Family Tree DNA,
- Living DNA,
- 23andMe personal genome service kit, and
- AncestryDNA kit
Time to email some DNA matches!!