National Geographic Geno Project Results Being Removed June 30, 2020 – DNA Saturdays June 27, 2020

I originally posted this article June 2019 – National Geographic Geno Project DNA Ending, but National Geographic (NatGeo) is removing the data from their website on June 30, 2020. If you used either FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) or Helix to process your Geno Project results information, you have three more days before the results are removed from the NatGeo website; log-in link: I logged in and printed both results to my computer.

I did an ethnicity comparison between my Geno 2.0 (FTDNA) and Geno 2.0 Next (Helix) Geno 2.0 Next vs. Geno 2.0 Ethnicity Comparison back in mid-2018. When I talked to NatGeo and Helix, both companies believed there would be no ethnicity differences between my FTDNA results and my Helix results.

From the 2018 link above:

Ethnicity Results Comparison*:
Geno 2.0 Next (Helix):
Northwestern European 56%
Northeastern European 15%
Southwestern European 8%
West Mediterranean 7%
Eastern European 7%
Italy and Southern Europe 6%

Geno 2.0 (FTDNA)
Northern European 42%
Mediterranean 38%
Southwest Asian 16%
*Worth noting 2.0 Next added some ethnicity areas that weren’t listed in 2.0 results although Nat Geo was of the opinion changes should have been made to 2.0 results as improvements and changes were made.

Neanderthal/Denisovan Results Comparison:
Geno 2.0 Next (Helix)
Neanderthal 1.5%

Geno 2.0 (FTDNA)
Neanderthal 2.5%
Denisovan 3.7%

Geno 2.0 Next (Helix) vs. Geno 2.0 (FTDNA)
Haplogroup Results (the same with both companies and kits):
mtDNA C1b
Y-DNA J-YSC0000234 (specifically J1)

In doing research earlier this month, I came across this update Originally, they were going to keep the data up until the end of 2020 when they made the announcement last year, but in January 2020, they decided to remove the data June 30, 2020.

Genographic Project – January 2020 Update

The Genographic Project was launched in 2005 as a research project in collaboration with scientists and universities around the world with a goal of revealing patterns of human migration. Since then, nearly 1 million people have participated in The Genographic Project through National Geographic’s “Geno” DNA Ancestry kits. The public participation phase of this research project has ended and, as a result, effective May 31, 2019, Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry kits are no longer available for purchase. National Geographic announced in August 2019 that the last day to submit Geno samples for processing was January 1, 2020. Kits received after that date may neither be processed nor returned to the sender, but instead will be destroyed by the lab.

National Geographic currently plans to maintain this site, through which customers may access their results, until June 30, 2020. We recommend that you download a printable version of your results for later reference through the Print Your Results link available on your individual results homepage. Please see our FAQ page for more information.

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