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July 30, 2019
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Best sites to find my DNA family and more
Ancestry, GEDmatch, 23andMe’s relative finder. These websites help you discover more about your family, ancestry and DNA
By
Tomohiro Takano

In this article, I introduce websites that help you discover your family and ancestry with DNA data. Each DNA test company or third-party website has a different user database, so you might be able to find more DNA relatives by signing up for more services. Your DNA stays the same, but your journey to discover your biological family and ancestry is never complete because the network continuously expands!  

 

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1. DNA testing companies
2. DNA upload sites
3. More ways to find family

 

 

1. DNA testing companies

First, let's get started on the journey by purchasing an initial DNA test kit. If you’re on a tight budget and cannot purchase multiple tests, we recommend starting with either AncestryDNA or 23andMe. Other testing companies like MyHeritage and FamilyTreeDNA accept raw DNA uploads from AncestryDNA and 23andMe, so you can maximize your DNA family network without paying any additional kit fees.

Usually, besides family finder services, each company provides an estimation of ethnicity. Some of these DNA test companies provide additional resources such as access to national census records or other relevant historical search records collected by them.

 

AncestryDNA (Ancestry.com)

“Connect with your people in new ways.”

With 15 million users, AncestryDNA test is undoubtedly No. 1 among testing companies. It is the largest in the United States and worldwide. That’s what makes it the best choice for finding as many family members as possible and building your family tree and family history. Also, it offers rich historical records resources.

 

23andMe

“Explore your DNA Family!”

23andMe is the second biggest testing company with over 10 million users. If you want more information in addition to your ancestry, such as health and other traits, 23andMe may be a good choice.  

 

 

2. DNA upload sites

After you get the result from either one of two leading companies, you can download your raw DNA data and upload it to other DNA testing websites. This will allow you to get more results and expand your free family tree. Because each company and website has a different user database, it is a good idea to try them all. This way you can maximize the opportunities to find your DNA relatives.

 

GEDmatch

“Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research”

GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for both amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. It does not provide a DNA test kit and purely operates as a third-party upload tool. Because of this, it attracts users from many different DNA test sources. Millions of users are registered on its relative match database with full contact information.

 

MyHeritage

“Join the MyHeritage community”

Besides the two big American DNA test companies, MyHeritage is one of the most well-known ancestry DNA testing companies and it is especially popular in European countries. Over the past 15 years, they have helped millions of people find new family members. This means that by using this service you may be able to expand your family network beyond the U.S. where AncestryDNA and 23andMe are the most popular tests.

 

FamilyTreeDNA

“Family Finder provides powerful interactive tools to help find your DNA matches, trace your lineage through time and determine family connections.”

FamilyTreeDNA is a great resource to connect to more of your family members for free! You can upload your raw DNA data to gain free access to autosomal matches with other potential family members in their database.

 

 

3. More ways to find family

Here’s some information about how to maximize your chances of finding relatives without using DNA. These websites and methods were common even before DNA tests became popular.

 

Family Search

“Find your family. Discover yourself.”

If you started your journey to find your biological family through DNA, you may not have created an account at FamilySearch yet. You should! It is the largest family tree database in the world with a billion unique profiles. FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization under The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints and is dedicated to connecting families across generations.

 

Adopted.com

"Searching for your birth parents?"

If you are adopted, you should check the services offered by adopted.com. It connects with major DNA testing companies as well. Many adopted people search for their biological family through websites such as this and this.

 

Social Media

Social Media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are excellent tools to find your relatives. Even professional genealogists use them to find potential relatives by searching for the target family name. There are some articles available online that can guide you on how to go about this.

 

Did you like this article? I hope it helps you in finding your long-lost family and expanding your DNA family network!


Did you get 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or MyHeritage results back?
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Tomohiro Takano
Tomohiro Takano
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