How to keep records on Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindmyPast for free & share your DNA securely

After sharing your tree I will expand a copy of it using official triple verification documents- birth, marriage and death.  When it is not possible to get all three I will explain the most likely reason and/or find additional documents (such as military and census) which may give the missing information or strong clues to authenticity.

Ancestry.com

Go to your tree, click share under your user name in the top right hand corner.  When the options pop up email the tree to [email protected] making sure to make me a Contributor or an Editor so I can create a copy.

Using another online service?

Send me your GEDCOM file and I will upload it to ancestry. When I’m done, I will email the updated GEDCOM to you. My version of your tree on Ancestry will become your property and you can delete my access.  If you choose to continue storing my version of your tree for free on Ancestry, it will be easy for me to pick up where I left off if you order future services and restore my permissions.

FindmyPast

Keep your records without further costs

In order to maintain access to your records on Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindmyPast and similar services you must pay an annual fee generally in the range of US$200+. Record Keeper includes the cost of all records available on these services and the purchase of records they don’t have in official British and Irish archives. You own what I find with no storage or access costs, saving hundreds of dollars per year on each service. All records can be stored for free on Ancestry, MyHeritage or FindmyPast or downloaded to your computer.

Deep Past: 30 hours Full Tree, All Records, DNA Analysis 

Sharing AncestryDNA® Results

If you share your DNA results, your results will appear on the DNA tab of the recipient’s Ancestry® account. You can give people different levels of access to your DNA results. People can be viewers, collaborators, or managers of your full DNA results, or you can share only your ethnicity results. DNA results can’t be moved from one account to another, but they can appear on multiple accounts at once if the owner (the person whose DNA was tested) or manager (the person who manages the DNA test) invites other people to see them. 

LivingDNA

Click Share Results. Send the provided URL to me in an email. 

If you haven’t done a DNA test yet I recommend Ancestry followed by an upload to Living DNA for a regional breakdown in Britain. You can also upload to other services such as FamilyTree DNA and GedMatch which offer at nominal cost extremely useful and unique additional value.  

FamilyTreeDNA

Where LivingDNA provides a breakdown of where you ancestors lived locally in medieval and earlier times, Family Tree provides a cheap service which goes as far back as the earliest human occupants of Europe after the last Ice Age. 

FamilyTreeDNA is also the best place for serious groups based on DNA testing if you want to drill down your ancestry to specific individuals.

You can learn a huge amount about your early ancestors from the information provided by LivingDNA and FamilyTreeDNA.  A particularly high regional DNA on LivingDNA suggests the majority of your ancestors lived in the region concerned for thousands of years.  A high Hunter Gatherer genetic component means they likely arrived in Britain or Ireland shortly after the last Ice Age; they may have even been the descendants of climate refugees forced out for tens of thousands of years by the ice sheets.

23andMe

The main advantage of 23 and Me is health information but they do have one unique service that provides a great conversation starter!

To share your information for 23andMe simply print your file as a PDF and email it to me. 

Gedmatch

Gedmatch is interesting and adds an additional layer of value because it can break down your ancient and early DNA into regions. The cost of this service is also cheap but there are controversies to uploading your DNA here.

You may be aware that they have become the go to agency for law enforcement agencies to help solve cold cases. GedMatch customers upload their DNA from multiple services so you will get matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage etc all in the same place.  That is incredibly useful for police but also for the ordinary Joe. They allow you to cousin match across various DNA services and gain access to tools used by scientists and university researchers which will give further clues to your origins.

As you can see DNA is a game changer and can compliment and confirm records and family knowledge. In all likelihood I think people will take to DNA willingly, despite the risks, in much the same way as they took- and remain committed – to social media despite the increasingly obvious privacy and mental health risks. 

Choose your DNA provider wisely and decide whether to delete your results online once you have fully explored the information it provides. I can massively speed up that process. You can then download and store your DNA on your computer securely for your family’s future use. 

Any further questions, get in touch.