Ancestry.com made some very big announcements on their blog this week:
- Ancestry.com will no longer sell the Y-DNA and mtDNA kits – deciding to focus on their autosomal DNA test only
- Ancestry.com will no longer keep Y-DNA and mtDNA samples in storage – all samples will be destroyed and cannot be used to upgrade to an autosomal DNA test
- Ancestry.com will no longer offer access to your Y-DNA and mtDNA results – all results must be downloaded before September 5th, 2014 when they will be permanently removed from their servers
WHAT TO DO?
- Contact your matches!
- Download your results to a CSV file.
- Transfer your Y-DNA results to Family Tree DNA (ftDNA). They are offering the low price of $19 for the transfer of both the Ancestry.com 33 and 46 marker tests. Upgrades are available to ftDNA’s standard 25 and 37 marker tests for an additional fee of $39. See ftDNA FAQs Why upgrade to more markers?
- The $19 fee allows you to transfer your results to ftDNA and to join projects; however, you will not receive matches or a haplogroup prediction. Your results will be available to your project administrator and will be displayed in your project's public page.
What about my mtDNA?
There currently is no company offering transfer of your mtDNA results. I recommend that you upload your results to mitosearch.org for FREE.
Other Ancestry.com Discontinued Services and Products:
A number of other recently acquired products will no longer be supported or made available to users:
- Genealogy.com service, including the message boards
- The MyFamily website. All content can be downloaded and zipped up but must be downloaded by September 5th, 2014
- MyCanvas story creation and printing service