While MyHeritage DNA may be the newest player in the genetic genealogy community, they have made a strong case for using their DNA services. I met up with their Director of DNA, Yoav Naveh and Product Manager, Dana Drutman this past week and recorded a webinar, “Introducing MyHeritage DNA” which is now available for free in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library here.
The webinar includes:
- An overview of MyHeritage DNA
- A background to DNA,
- How to take the MyHeritage DNA test (or upload raw DNA files),
- Understanding your ethnicity breakdown results,
- Understanding your DNA matches
- The Future
Large international audience
The DNA results they present are similar to other testing companies – they present you with your ethnicity results and your DNA matches. What separates them from others is their large international customer base and their cross vendor matching. If their claims of having the largest international audience are true (and from what I know I have no reason to doubt this), there is a good chance that I will find new DNA cousins who still reside in the countries from where my ancestors left.
Cross vendor matching
MyHeritage DNA also permits the importing of raw DNA data from other providers (FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, AncestryDNAtm), meaning, if you have already purchased and taken a test elsewhere, you can import those results and take advantage of the matching to this large international audience. And since this is a free service, there is no reason not to do it.
In the webinar, Yoav and Dana also provided a sneak peak into MyHeritage DNA’s near future. They plan on adding:
- a Chromosome Browser
- Pedigree Charts
- and Common Ancestors’ Places.
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