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  • #16
    Originally posted by nathanm View Post
    There are several companies who offer autosomal STR tests.


    The primary competitor is 23andMe. They have a much larger database, but few of the people who've tested there seem to be interested in genealogy.
    Thanks, I had forgot about 23 and Me. Some of my FF matches have tested there too and they have large numbers of matches in the hundreds but like you say the people who test there are not doing it for genealogy. Most of those who test there are for medical reason.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by sjadelson View Post
      I did originally test with them, but it looks as though the free upgrade offer is up....
      Interesting. That means that in about 24 hours, Ancestry got 2000 requests for the upgrade. You needed to click on the link Ancestry provided in an email they sent out to existing DNA customers. If you go in to Ancestry any other way, you will not see any mention of the offer, even under your Ancestry homepage. At least I couldn't find it.

      I did see a job advertisement from Ancestry that the person who authors The Genetic Genealogist wrote about, which suggests that Ancestry may be getting into the autosomal testing market.

      Judy

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      • #18
        Here's a blog post with more information on the offer, which seems to be over. Based on the number of SNPs, it sounds like they're going to use the same Illumina OmniExpress chip FTDNA and 23andMe use. If so, data from Ancestry's autosomal test should also be able to be imported into the FF database, once they get around to offering 3rd party uploads (hint, hint ).

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        • #19
          I signed up yesterday and got a message about the date the test was do 2012 something. But got no conformation e-mail shouldn't I have gotten one, or a message from Ancestry? I got the 2012 message after signing up but thought there should be a follow up message or E-mail.
          Last edited by EdwardRHill; 7 October 2011, 09:43 AM.

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          • #20
            One problem I had with them is the inability to upload/import/type-in DNA results for someone else in your tree. I can't upload my son's 67 marker Y-DNA results without creating a (free) account for him.

            I can create umpteen trees under my own login but I need a separate login for each set of DNA results? Sorry - not interested.

            That and not being able to upload FGS results AND how they show mtDNA "matches" out to 5 differences. Okay for Y-DNA I guess, but anything beyond 1 difference is useless for mtDNA.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by GayeSherman View Post
              One problem I had with them is the inability to upload/import/type-in DNA results for someone else in your tree. I can't upload my son's 67 marker Y-DNA results without creating a (free) account for him.

              I can create umpteen trees under my own login but I need a separate login for each set of DNA results? Sorry - not interested.

              That and not being able to upload FGS results AND how they show mtDNA "matches" out to 5 differences. Okay for Y-DNA I guess, but anything beyond 1 difference is useless for mtDNA.
              I'm with you on the multiple accounts. I've had a few people tested, but I manage all their DNA accounts. Some of them I've already invited to view my Ancestry.com online trees, but I don't think they'd be able to figure out how to manually enter their own results.

              Plus, Ancestry.com gets the inheritance wrong in some of their "inferred" results. I input my own mtDNA results in their database, and it properly inferred them to my mother, siblings, and other maternal relatives. But when I input my father's mtDNA results, it somehow inferred them to me. My profile literally showed me with two separate maternal haplogroups. I contacted their customer service, but they didn't even understand my question, so I ended up just deleting his mtDNA results.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by nathanm View Post
                Plus, Ancestry.com gets the inheritance wrong in some of their "inferred" results. I input my own mtDNA results in their database, and it properly inferred them to my mother, siblings, and other maternal relatives. But when I input my father's mtDNA results, it somehow inferred them to me. My profile literally showed me with two separate maternal haplogroups. I contacted their customer service, but they didn't even understand my question, so I ended up just deleting his mtDNA results.
                Yes, Ancestry also thinks I passed my mtDNA on to my daughter (I am male, so I doubt it!).

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by EdwardRHill View Post
                  I signed up yesterday and got a message about the date the test was do 2012 something. But got no conformation e-mail shouldn't I have gotten one, or a message from Ancestry? I got the 2012 message after signing up but thought there should be a follow up message or E-mail.
                  Edward,

                  I didn't get a formal confirming email either so I used the link from the original ad and tried to enroll again and I got the message that said that I had already subscribed to the offer. So, I guess I am good to go.

                  Judy

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                  • #24
                    FREE AncestryDNA test

                    Apparently, Ancestry.com likes the results of their pilot project so far. They've now extended the offer to 10,000 Ancestry.com subscribers. I got an e-mail about it, and quickly ordered one. This isn't just limited to people who've previously had DNA tested there, because I haven't. The wording sounds the same as what was reported previously.

                    The fine print says only one per customer, and it's unclear if it can be used by someone other than the person named on the order. If it can, I'm having my great aunt tested. Otherwise, more duplicate testing for me. I obviously can't link to the page on this forum, but check your e-mail; paying subscribers should have one. You have to order by 6 Nov and return the kit by 30 Nov.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by nathanm View Post
                      Apparently, Ancestry.com likes the results of their pilot project so far. They've now extended the offer to 10,000 Ancestry.com subscribers. I got an e-mail about it, and quickly ordered one. This isn't just limited to people who've previously had DNA tested there, because I haven't. The wording sounds the same as what was reported previously.

                      The fine print says only one per customer, and it's unclear if it can be used by someone other than the person named on the order. If it can, I'm having my great aunt tested. Otherwise, more duplicate testing for me. I obviously can't link to the page on this forum, but check your e-mail; paying subscribers should have one. You have to order by 6 Nov and return the kit by 30 Nov.
                      I assume this is the same test/offer I enrolled in 3 weeks ago when Ancestry.com sent out the offer for the first 2000 existing DNA testing customers who signed up, and I do not need to also respond to this offer. Do you agree?

                      Judy

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by nolnacsj View Post
                        I assume this is the same test/offer I enrolled in 3 weeks ago when Ancestry.com sent out the offer for the first 2000 existing DNA testing customers who signed up, and I do not need to also respond to this offer. Do you agree?
                        I'm certain it is. The wording is mostly the same, except it was for 10,000 instead of 2000. According to the e-mail:
                        Over the past year we've worked with industry experts and applied the latest science and technology to make it possible for you to discover your genetic ethnicity and increase your chances of connecting with possible relatives through your DNA. Now we're offering select Ancestry.com members like you the exclusive chance to get this new service for free before it's available to the public...
                        I e-mailed all my cousins who I know have Ancestry subscriptions, but I don't think any took advantage of the offer. The web page linked from the e-mail just shows I've already ordered it, but someone on DNA Forums tried the link, and said the offer's already over. It went fast!

                        Did they send you a new kit or do they already have a DNA sample in storage to test? I'm assuming this announcement meant they've already processed some of the 2000 samples, and liked what they saw. They just released their 3rd Qtr earnings last week: 1.7M subscribers and $46.9M in cash allows them to undertake new ventures like this. But I'm still skeptical they're 100% behind it, because their current DNA offerings are so pathetic.

                        My actual purpose in taking them up on the offer (besides a virtually free autosomal test, of course ), is the hope I can use it for my great aunt, and they'll allow raw data downloads (and that they're using the same Illumina chip). Then once FTDNA finally implements 3rd party FF imports, I'll transfer the results here.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by nathanm View Post
                          I'm certain it is. The wording is mostly the same, except it was for 10,000 instead of 2000. According to the e-mail:

                          I e-mailed all my cousins who I know have Ancestry subscriptions, but I don't think any took advantage of the offer. The web page linked from the e-mail just shows I've already ordered it, but someone on DNA Forums tried the link, and said the offer's already over. It went fast!

                          Did they send you a new kit or do they already have a DNA sample in storage to test? I'm assuming this announcement meant they've already processed some of the 2000 samples, and liked what they saw. They just released their 3rd Qtr earnings last week: 1.7M subscribers and $46.9M in cash allows them to undertake new ventures like this. But I'm still skeptical they're 100% behind it, because their current DNA offerings are so pathetic.

                          My actual purpose in taking them up on the offer (besides a virtually free autosomal test, of course ), is the hope I can use it for my great aunt, and they'll allow raw data downloads (and that they're using the same Illumina chip). Then once FTDNA finally implements 3rd party FF imports, I'll transfer the results here.
                          They did not send me a new kit as they indicated that they will use my existing sample and only send a kit if they need more sample. I did a mtDNA test with them back in 2008, before I found FTDNA.

                          I have not tried to also order a kit. The offer is good until 11/6. Do you really think they got 10,000 requests for kits in less than 24 hours? Some folks on other groups I belong to are Ancestry subscribers but they never received the email offer, so I don't think the email ad went out to all 1.7 M subscribers. However I know that some were able to get the link from others and place their order.

                          I could not resist a free autosomal DNA test either.

                          I sure hope FTDNA finalizes and makes available, their 3rd party upload capability really soon.
                          Last edited by nolnacsj; 2 November 2011, 09:25 AM.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by nolnacsj View Post
                            The offer is good until 11/6. Do you really think they got 10,000 requests for kits in less than 24 hours? Some folks on other groups I belong to are Ancestry subscribers but they never received the email offer, so I don't think the email ad went out to all 1.7 M subscribers. However I know that some were able to get the link from others and place their order.
                            I hope it's not over yet; most of my cousins must not check their e-mail every 5 minutes like me . But I can't tell, since their website knows I've already ordered (maybe if I logged off Ancestry?). CeCe Moore wrote a post about it, speculating the e-mail recipients were "apparently chosen from among those who have manually uploaded DNA results to their site," which sounds like a reasonable explanation to me.

                            Originally posted by nolnacsj View Post
                            I sure hope FTDNA finalizes and makes available, their 3rd party upload capability really soon.
                            They have to have some big announcement at the project administrator conference this weekend. (Please, please, please!)
                            Last edited by nathanm; 2 November 2011, 11:30 AM.

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                            • #29
                              I did not get an email from ancestry.com. When I tried the link through the article it says the offer is over.

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                              • #30
                                I didn't receive an invitation

                                I've been a subscriber (maximum) for many years. I've uploaded my Y-DNA results, but not tested. I'm thinking it must only be the people that tested there that received invitations.

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