What is DNAGedcom?
The primary goal of DNAGedcom is to help adoptees find their biological family using genetic information. Of course, its powerful genetic tools are just as useful for people who are building their family trees for fun.
Before you keep going, we need to stress that DNAGedcom is advanced! The analyses are hardcore and not for the faint-hearted. But if you are here with a question about your ancestry and are determined to find an answer, DNAGedcom may offer you the best tools there are out there.
Unlike other raw DNA interpretation sites, DNAGedcom has a real focus on family tree instead of other functions like health reports or ethnicity estimate. This also means that the data type DNAGedcom works on is the GEDCOM file, a special type of DNA data about your family tree.
Don’t worry, we will get to how you can use 23andme data in DNAGedcom (or from other genetic testing companies) if you have no clue what a GEDCOM file is.
You may have had basic tress built on other sites like Ancestry.com, but DNAGedcom is the ultimate expert on this. It has helped many adoptees find their biological families!
How much does DNAGedcom cost?
DNAGedcom has some free functions, but you would want to get a paid subscription to use its core program.
For $5 per month or $50 per year, you can download the DNAGedcom Client program. This is the place you would import the data, run the analyses and download results.
How to use DNAGedcom?
Seeing the full power of DNAGedcom is rewarding but also painstaking. There is a 25-page installation guide that you need to follow closely. It is long, but will walk you through every step of the way, including:
- Register at DNAGedcom
- Pay the DNAGedcom Client subscription
- Install the software for Windows PCs/Mac
- Sync data from FTDNA, 23andMe and Ancestry with DNAGedcom
- Manually upload genetic files to DNAGedcom
What can DNAGedcom do?
There are a ton of things that DNAGedcom can do, which is explained in-depth in this slide show. The tools are very technical and only some make sense at first sight, for example:
- DNAGEDCOM Match-O-Matic
- Upload GedMatch 23andMe and FTDNA
- DNAGedcom Ancestry Uploader
You might already be lost at this stage, but basically these tools serve 3 main functions:
- Gather detailed match information such as name, contact and shared DNA segments
- Format, process and prepare information for match analyses
- Analyze match information to get results like
- The ancestors of your matches
- Which family line a match comes from
- Common matches between you and your match (relatives of your relative)
- Information about your match, (eg. length of shared DNA segments)
After the analyses, you will be able to download the results in a .csv format. You then have the option to import them into Excel to play around.
For example, Kitty shows us in this blog how the clustering tool can spit out a spreadsheet that tells you which matches belong to which family line (colored clusters).
If you know exactly what or who you are looking for, DNAGedcom’s results may expand your family tree and give you the answers. Below, you can find an real example from the founder’s presentation on how DNAGedcom analyses led Sue to her biological family!
If you would like to learn how to use specific functions such as GWorks or ADSA to work on your family tree, it is worth following blogs from genealogical experts like Kitty.
DNAGedcom vs GEDmatch
These two sites are often confused with each other. Both are powerful web tools, but they do different things:
- GEDmatch is a place to upload your raw DNA and compare those to found matches (relatives), mostly for free.
- DNAGedcom takes it a step further to compare the matches instead of DNA against each other. So you upload match comparison results (GEDCOM files) instead. In fact, many people take their match results from GEDmatch for additional work on DNAGedcom.
When doing the research for this DNAGedcom review, we were surprised by how well received this site is by the community. DNAGedcom is recommended by many users on Facebook and we didn’t find any harsh complaints.
- Top-notch tools for gathering, processing and analyzing GEDCOM data
- Rapid growth of users, server capacity, and customer support
- New tools get released once in a while
- Very friendly price considering the huge amount of value in return
- Intended for advanced users and not intuitive for the inexperienced
Is DNAGedcom safe?
No users have reported privacy issues with DNAGedcom. Its privacy statement also makes it clear that “Please be rest assured that this site shall only collect personal information that you knowingly and willingly provide by way of surveys, completed membership forms, and emails.”
If you are deleting DNAGedcom, you can simply uninstill the Client program and terminate your account. This will delete all information related to your account.
Who runs DNAGedcom?
DNAGedcoms was founded by Robert Warthen to find his wife’s biological family. Since launching in 2013, it has become the start-of-the-art toolbox for thousands of adoptees and genealogy enthusiasts.
Hopefully we didn’t lose you with the complicated diagrams and jargons! DNAGedcom is definitely a PRO tool that isn’t easy to pick up. We encourage you to follow the official guides and experts’ blogs to get some results from DNAGedcom, as they can be really informative! If you are looking for your biological family or expanding your family tree, DNAGedcom is the ultimate toolbox. If you love its power but find it way too hard to use, don’t be discouraged! Start with the useful links below and take it slow.