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    I have tried loads of times to upload a test done on 23andMe. I keep getting an error saying it is in the wrong format. Is there a problem with 23andMe files? Is there a way round it?

    Thanks Bob

  • #2
    Depends which Version of 23& Me you have

    Only V3 and V4 and compatable for FTDNA download

    (not V1 orV2)

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    • #3
      FTDNA doesn't accept V5 from 23andMe either. You can determine the version of your test by looking at the number following the V in the file name.

      Also, you must upload the compressed format of the file.

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      • #4
        If your file is v5 (tested after July 2017), then as mentioned, you can not transfer to FTDNA due to incompatibility.

        There is not enough overlap between the tested SNPs in V5 file to compare to the ones FTDNA tests.

        Of the SNPs tested by the V5 chip, only around 160,000 SNPs are compatible to the approximately 700,000 tested by FTDNA.

        Gedmatch Genesis will allow comparisons between companies with low overlap.

        Companies that do imputation will accept V5 files (myHeritage is saying they will accept in near future).
        FTDNA has stated that they will not use imputation. This may change in the future.

        If your file is v5, then the only way to be in FTDNA database is to test with Ancestry (partial matchlists on transfer due to only approx 430,000 overlap), or test directly with FTDNA (or myHeritage transfer, they uses same chip as FTDNA)

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        • #5
          Thanks for the updates. Mine is v5 so forget FTDNA for my test. Wife did My Heritage so no issues with hers.

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          • #6
            You can buy a test from FTDNA.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bobsbeer View Post
              I have tried loads of times to upload a test done on 23andMe. I keep getting an error saying it is in the wrong format. Is there a problem with 23andMe files? Is there a way round it?

              Thanks Bob
              After researching the 23andme upload problem I found after May 2017 you cannot upload 23andme to familytreedna. My parents dna was done 11/1017 I tried and tried to no avail. I had done mine moths ago but I was AncestryDNA and could do it. Wanted us all in the same place but someone recommended Gedmatch.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by edie731 View Post

                After researching the 23andme upload problem I found after May 2017 you cannot upload 23andme to familytreedna. My parents dna was done 11/1017 I tried and tried to no avail. I had done mine moths ago but I was AncestryDNA and could do it. Wanted us all in the same place but someone recommended Gedmatch.
                23andme cut off to FTDNA is Beginning of Aug 2017 (Date the switched to GSA testing chip)
                myHeritage accepts these 23andme files.
                Upload kits there to be in one database
                Note as of Dec 1, 2018 myHeritage will be like FTDNA in which you will need to pay a small unlock fee for extras (matching is free), so if you uploaded kits before then, you will be Grandfathered in (no unlock fee)

                Or test parents directly with FTDNA, currently on Sale for $49USD and FTDNA has weekly sales discounts throughout December

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by prairielad View Post
                  FTDNA has weekly sales discounts throughout December
                  I haven't seen this announced anywhere.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jim Barrett View Post

                    I haven't seen this announced anywhere.
                    True, I should have said that they usually offer weekly discount codes throughout the month of December (Mystery Rewards) which does not mean they will again this year....
                    If they do, members usually post unused coupon codes (each has a single use only) in following document
                    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...#gid=150946280

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                    • #11
                      True, but they normally had a sale running from soon after the close of the conference until the end of the year and the discount codes were in addition to that sale.

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