Note: the dates and other information below were from late August or early September 2018 when I originally started this blog post, and I chose to keep them.
In my MyHeritageDNA $59 Labor Day Sale Ends September 3, 2018 post yesterday, I hadn’t received the e-mail from MyHeritageDNA announcing the sale when I posted it. I updated the post a little bit ago with the text from the e-mail. In doing so, I noticed two adoption success stories – relatives they never knew existed and family members they’ve been trying to find for decades with the rest of the e-mail below:
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In addition to the above stories, there are other stories on MyHeritage‘s blog, scroll to the bottom of either link to find more success stories. I am highlighting MyHeritage because it gave away 15,000 DNA kits to adoptees and it has done around 1.4 million DNA tests and probably closer to 2 million by now, which puts it in behind AncestryDNA which has done over 10 million tests, and 23andMe with over 5 million tests. Other genealogical DNA companies have similar success stories.
One caution I give in my DNA presentations is to expect surprises and be aware that finding unknown full or half siblings or other close relatives can happen. It’s not always a positive experience since some family members are unwilling to accept the new family members as part of the family for various reasons.
I also encourage adoptees and others who know or suspect a family member was adopted to test with all the major companies: AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA), MyHeritageDNA, and LivingDNA. FTDNA, MyHeritageDNA, and LivingDNA allow free or free limited transfers from most of the other companies, but may not accept 23andMe’s v5 chip transfers. WeGene accepts free transfers from 23andMe (including v5 chip) and AncestryDNA. DNA.Land, GEDmatch, and GEDmatch Genesis accepts free transfers from pretty much any company including some that others currently don’t. All of the above companies in this paragraph provide, or soon will provide, matching to others who have tested with the company or transferred results from another company. GEDmatch and GEDmatch Genesis are the great equalizers as they allow to compare to others who have uploaded there. GEDmatch has over 1 million kits that have been uploaded. GEDmatch Genesis has a much smaller database as it’s designed as a beta to allow kits from companies that currently aren’t compatible with GEDmatch. Of the above companies, I have tested directly with AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FTDNA, and transferred my 23andMe (v3 chip with over 900K SNPs which at the time was the highest number of SNPs tested by any of the major genealogical DNA companies at the time) to WeGene, DNA.Land, LivingDNA, GEDmatch, and GEDmatch Genesis.
That’s not counting the numerous other non-genealogical DNA companies I have transferred my results, most of them were either free or free limited transfers