Transfer Raw Data to Family Tree DNA for $39 (Sneak Peek for FREE!)

At the Family Tree DNA 10th Annual International Conference, FTDNA announced that they were reducing the price of autosomal DNA transfers (from the AncestryDNA test or the V3 test from 23andMe) from $69 to $39. Additionally, you could upload your raw data for free and you would receive information about your 20 closest matches in the database. On top of that, if you convinced 4 others to transfer their raw data, you would receive a transfer for free!

It looks like the site went live tonight! The link is (

Here’s what you see at the intro screen:



Once you’ve uploaded, you’ll receive an email with a login and password. You’ll then receive a second email a short time later, after your results have been processed. In the meantime, you’ll see this:


My first transfer took about 2 hours to process, while my second transfer (uploaded at the same time) is still waiting for matches about four hours later.

Once you’ve received the email that your results are ready, you’ll see a list of 20 matches, with their first initial and last name:


You can also see their list of Ancestral Surnames, although the first two matches above don’t have any linked to their account. Frustratingly, not a single one of my first transfer’s 20 closest matches have a family tree. EDIT: My mistake, you cannot see trees for your matches until you upgrade!

The Chromosome Browser does allow comparisons:


(see how 5 of my 20 matches cluster on chromosome 6?)

But as FTDNA previously stated, MyOrigins does not function:


I hope this will result in thousands of uploads, and thus some great new matches for all of us. Good luck with your transfer!













13 Responses

  1. Ann Turner 17 October 2014 / 8:37 am

    Regarding family trees, the usual green highlight doesn’t show up for the free transfers, so there’s still hope.

    Also, you should be logged out of all accounts before you access the URL your provided. Otherwise, you get flipped to the open account and see the misleading message “This test is currently on order and matching will be possible when results come back.”

  2. Blaine Bettinger 17 October 2014 / 8:52 am

    Ann – you’re right, the family tree issue was a mistake I meant to fix last night! I made a correction in the post, thank you!

  3. Nancy Schlegel 17 October 2014 / 10:47 am

    Ancestry DNA download raw data function has been broken since at least last Thursday — I checked with Ancestry helpdesk just now, and still no date estimate for fix availability. I’ve emailed Bennett Greenspan to let him know as well.

    See my post on “Technology for Genealogy” facebook group for details.

    • Nancy Schlegel 18 October 2014 / 1:59 am

      Ancestry seems to have fixed problem since this morning: I received download emails I’d requested a week ago, and a friend submitted a new request on Ancestry website and got her email shortly after.

  4. SS 21 October 2014 / 8:19 am

    Can you still upgrade to the V3 chip from the V2chip through 23andme? How can you do this if it is still available? Or would it be better to just Order a new kit from Ftdna and test that way?


  5. YW 6 March 2015 / 3:22 pm

    I had my test done at Ancestry and the composition was NOT as reported by my family. Specifically I AM SURE that my great great grandmother on my mother’s side was of Irish ancestry and equally AS SURE that my father’s father is a Cherokee! Well when I got my results from ancestry I was reported as less than 1 percent native american, and none of my european ancestry was Irish!

    Not convinced of accuracy I did the free upload and free 1st 20 matches from Family Tree DNA and VIOLA one of my first two matches is of total Irish ancestry, and a few down show North Carolina/Virginia area which is traditionally Cherokee Nation. Whilst DNA is DNA racial break down information was ALL WRONG for me!

    You can transfer your raw data to FTDNA using this link for free

    Please do tell if the ancestry information is more accurate with FTDNA that with

  6. Peter Martin 17 October 2015 / 2:45 pm

    On Oct 13 I received confirmation from family tree that I was registered – I then had my raw DNA test Forwarded to them – as of today Oct 18 I Have had no communication – Please reply Thank You


  7. dorothy jackowski 17 August 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I am attempting to upload to you from and see your note about
    updating your ability to receive from Ancestry.

    How long and how will I know when I can proceed to upload?

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