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My Heritage DNA Ancestry Genetic Test Review

My Heritage DNA

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6.5
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My Heritage DNA Ancestry Genetic Test Review: Summary

In summary, the MyHeritage DNA test provided an interesting insight into my ancestry. It gave me information about my ethnicity which largely matched the genealogy research I’d done beforehand and I was happy to find quite closely related matches. The explanations that accompanied the results really helped me to get the most I could from the report and I loved the animation that accompanied my ethnicity estimate.

It was slightly frustrating not to be able to find out much about my relatives without signing up to the subscription fee. However, this is partly to be expected from such a new service and I look forward to seeing how this test evolves as time goes on.

My Heritage DNA: Full review

MyHeritage, who had until recently sold Family Tree DNA tests, released their own ancestry test in November last year, which links in with their family tree building and record finding service. At £69, the test is more affordable than many others on the market, especially considering that it not only offers ethnicity analysis, but includes a family finder feature. I was really looking forward to seeing what it had to offer.

Product expectations

The MyHeritage website explained that the test would provide me with information about where in the world my DNA originated and would match me with relatives. One thing I particularly liked was a video that showed the kit and its components, as well as the process the samples would go through in the lab. I felt that this really demystified how the analysis would work, something that I didn’t expect to see explained or shown in this much detail. Being able to see the lab itself and the different checks made throughout the process also reassured me about the security of my data and the accuracy of results.

There was a section at the bottom of the page that included another video on how to take the sample. Beneath this there was a short list of frequently asked questions, which answered both practical queries (eg. How long will it take to get results?) and broader questions about DNA testing (eg. ‘What is the connection between DNA and family trees?’). I really appreciated the effort MyHeritage had gone to guide me through the process and to make it as clear as possible what to expect when taking a DNA test, before I’d even bought one.

In terms of what was provided in the report, it was explained that I’d find out information about the places in the world my ancestors had lived and would be able to find relatives, matched with me through our shared DNA. I was interested to read that MyHeritage had “the largest international network of family trees” and was looking forward to using the service to build my own.

Ordering experience

To order my test I had to make an account with MyHeritage, which would also be used to deliver my results. This took less than a minute and I was then taken to an ordering page that offered a range of payment methods, including PayPal and the option to pay directly with my credit/debit card. The terms and conditions and privacy policy were pretty standard, though I was slightly concerned to read that I would have no rights to any commercial products that might be developed in the future, even if they were related to my DNA. I wasn’t quite sure, but this seemed to mean that they’d be able to make products using my DNA, without compensating me.

Once I’d ordered, I received a confirmation email. I was slightly worried, as a few weeks later I hadn’t received confirmation of my samples reaching the lab, so contacted customer service. I received a reply a few days later explaining that there was a slight delay in processing the kits. The response was polite and well-explained, and I received receipt of my samples reaching the lab less than a week later.

 

Results section

After my samples had reached the lab, I was able to track them during each stage of the process. I found this feature particularly valuable, as even though the results took four weeks to arrive, it felt as if there was always progress and information on how long each stage would take.

Four weeks after my samples had been received at the lab, I got an email informing me that my results were ready. The report was made up of two main parts, ‘Ethnicity Estimate’ and ‘DNA Matches’, each of which had several different features within it.

Results section: Ethnicity Estimate

Upon clicking on the link in the email, I was shown an introduction to my ethnicity results. This introductory presentation showed me some of the origins of my DNA, accompanied by a globe that span around to show me the region each result corresponded to. A part of this introduction is shown below.

I thought that this was a really engaging way in which to present a summary of my results and it provided a great starting point from which to explore them further. I particularly enjoyed the music that played as the globe spun around, changing with each region, which I thought was a fun extra touch.

Once I had gone through the introductory section, I was able to look at my ethnicity breakdown in more detail. My full breakdown with the accompanying map is shown below.

This section presented the results slightly differently, revealing that the vast majority (99.1%) of my DNA was from Europe. Within this, 87.5% was from ‘North and West Europe’ which was then broken down into the 75.4% ‘English’ and 12.1% ‘Irish, Scottish and Welsh’ that had been shown in the introductory slide show. I was surprised but impressed that it had been able to distinguish the English aspects of my ancestry from the rest of the British Isles. One of my grandparents was Irish, so it was nice to see this aspect of my ancestry reflected in my results.

The map that accompanied my full ethnicity breakdown also highlighted each of the corresponding regions and allowed me to zoom into the countries included within them (shown below).

This provided some factual information about the history and populations associated with each of the regions and also gave me the option to see where events from my family tree had happened in the world. Unfortunately, my family’s events occurred almost exclusively in England, but I imagine this feature would have offered a great way to visualise a more wide-ranging family tree. I thought this provided an excellent link between my traditional records-based research and my DNA results.

The rest of my DNA was Balkan (7.8%), Greek (3.8%) and Native American (0.9%). I’m not aware of any Greek ancestors, so was slightly surprised by this result, but my dad has always been convinced that his dark hair and complexion are linked to some distant Mediterranean ancestry, so the Greek percentage may confirm his suspicions! My mum has been able to trace her ancestry with records to find out that she has some Eastern European ancestors, so this also matched up well with what I expected.

I was most surprised by the Native American heritage, as I have no knowledge of any Native American ancestors. However, as this was such a small percentage of my overall DNA, it seemed plausible that this could be from an ancestor further back than we’ve been able to trace with records.

Results section: DNA matches

After looking through my Ethnicity Estimate, I moved on to my DNA matches. I was impressed to see that I had over 1500 matches (1590 in total). Looking through them, I saw that most were estimated to be third to fifth cousins. Many of my matches were rated as medium or low confidence, which was helpful to know, though I wasn’t sure why not all of them included this rating.

I liked the way in which my matches were clearly displayed, and really appreciated the information about how MyHeritage had matched me to my ‘relatives’. The details about my matches included the percentage of DNA I shared with them, the number of shared segments and the length of the largest segments we shared (in cM). An example is shown below.

There was a section that explained that cM stood for centimorgans, and was used as a measure of genetic distance. It also explained that shared segments were pieces of our DNA that matched exactly. For me, the balance between providing enough information about my genetic relationship with my matches and being easily understandable was just right, and I felt I could much more clearly assess my results after reading these explanations.

After looking over the list of my matches, I clicked ‘Review DNA Match’ on one of them and discovered several extra features. These included being able to see ‘Smart Matches’ that identified people that seemed to appear in both of our family trees, ‘Shared Ancestral Surnames’, ‘Shared DNA Matches’, ‘Pedigree Charts’, designed to show our direct ancestors (i.e. our family trees) side by side and ‘Shared Ethnicities’. There was also a chromosome browser (shown below), which demonstrated where, on our chromosomes, we shared DNA.

Something that I found slightly frustrating was the fact that I was only able to see a preview of many of these features and couldn’t contact my matches or even view their family trees without signing up to the MyHeritage subscription service. As the test itself was less money than many other ancestry tests I’ve seen, I would have been happy to pay a little bit extra to be able to access these features, but £54 (the cheapest option) was almost the same price as the test, so I chose not to. Some of the subscription options included other MyHeritage features, such as record matches and other non-genetic family tree building tools, so I imagine this is a more valuable option for those wanting to combine their different types of genealogy research.

Results section: Raw DNA data download

Something that I was surprised to see in my account was the ability to download my raw data. This wasn’t advertised as a feature of the test, but I was happy to discover that it was available. It wasn’t an obvious option, but I found it by clicking on ‘Manage DNA Kits’ and then on a menu next to my kit number. This menu included the options to re-assign my kit and delete my DNA data as well as download the raw data file.

I was again impressed by the comprehensive explanation that was shown when I opted to download the file, including the number of genetic variants that the test covered as well as details and examples of what the raw data would look like. It was made clear that the data would be presented in a table, and complicated headings, such as rsID were explained in a simple and straightforward way.

Once I had read the explanation, I was informed that I would be sent my data by email, and had to confirm that I understood that it was now my responsibility to keep it secure. It was reassuring to have the file sent to me rather than being directly downloadable, especially as I had often left myself logged in to the service.

Key takeaways

In summary, the MyHeritage DNA test provided an interesting insight into my ancestry. It gave me information about my ethnicity which largely matched the genealogy research I’d done beforehand and I was happy to find quite closely related matches. The explanations that accompanied the results really helped me to get the most I could from the report and I loved the animation that accompanied my ethnicity estimate.

It was slightly frustrating not to be able to find out much about my relatives without signing up to the subscription fee. However, this is partly to be expected from such a new service and I look forward to seeing how this test evolves as time goes on.

 

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  1. Rating
    100

    The beginning: I started with 23andMe, then moved on to Ancestry DNA. I wanted to see if there were any differences. There were a couple. The main two differences were:1) 23andMe showed a 40% range of Irish/British (zero Scandanavian) and Ancestry showed 50% range Scandinavian (zero British/ 3% Irish).2) 23andMe showed .08% African (zero West Asian) and Ancestry showed 4% West Asian (zero African).This had me REALLY confused, so I decided to look more into how the DNA testing process works, along with all of the details I thought I already knew from previous research.These DNA testing companies are able to give results based on their detailed research they have done on a reference population. It is different for every company. The main thing to keep in mind is the size of the reference group. The larger the group the more accurate the results. MyHeritage makes their testing available Internationally. People around the globe are doing this testing adding to this reference population. Via DNA testing company ways they are able to map different algorithms and locations to find where people in those regions would be from.Previous tests vs MyHeritage:1) My testing with MyHeritage was able to tell me that the reference group that Ancestry DNA had was more accurate. Knowing that many of the British and Irish (23andMe) people migrated from the Scandinavian region, somehow these tests were able to track that. This was done likely through the comparison using algorithms of people who share DNA SNPs in both Scandinavia and Britain/Ireland. Knowing that Scandinavia is the original location these people migrated from, these tests were both able to show that I am over 50% Scandinavian and not British at all (with much greater detail in reason than I am knowledgeable about of course).2) My testing with MyHeritage was able to tell me that the reference groups that 23andMe had, agreed that I have African DNA. Whatever the DNA segment is, it simply isn’t in Ancestry’s system. Ancestry DNA was unable to locate it and put a name to it like the other two tests did. BUT…Not only was MyHeritage able to verify for me that I was African, but it was able to pinpoint the location to KENYA. Some people from a Kenyan bloodline had gone through the testing and become part of MyHeritage’s reference DNA. People from that area had a specific gene that lined up with one I have that showed up in my test. This along with a ton of other factors (SNP’s tested and algorithms and other gene carrier factors) proves the Kenyan heritage.The main reason for MyHeritage DNA is by having the largest reference group and the fact that I was able to compare between these three companies myself and was able to see these differences. I can see how this company is on top as many online reviews and top lists place them. The fact is your family members can tell you your entire life where you are from. Until you or they are tested, there really isn’t any way in knowing. Yes, my grandfathers parents were from Poland and spoke Polish and immigrated to the US. But does this mean that they didn’t have any blood from West Asia or even from the Iberian Peninsula from their personal heritage as well? Of course not!This is where MyHeritage DNA is proving to be on top!**Don’t forget! Your DNA doesn’t change, but the population group does! As time progresses and more advances in technology are made your results may transform and become more and more accurate! I mean, really, it’s a guessing game any way you look at it. MyHeritage is in the top! Forget 23andMe (except for the Health part, that stuff is great) and forget Ancestry DNA (except for their tree stuff, those Mormons really like helping out their dead family members, apparently that’s a thing..and it makes their Tree system great as well).Summary: MyHeritage is the best company. Just go for it!

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    20

    They are giving you so little info, and if you want to know more, you need to pay additional &179.99, Would never wasted my money on this, if I knew. They didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. Not recomended!

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  3. Rating
    60

    Before buying the MyHeritage DNA test please be aware that UNLESS YOU BUY A MYHERITAGE MEMBERSHIP FOR A YEAR OR MORE YOU WILL BE LIMITED ON WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR RESULTS.I got my results and can see the persentage of each nationallity that my DNA carries with a map showing the areas. It also show I have 2036 DNA matches. I can see the person’s name, the country they are from and what percentage of DNA we share and our possible relationship (Example: John Doe, 3rd-5th cousin, shared DNA .05%). When I click to view the person’s tree it brings me to the “upgrade your account” page. So to see the trees of the 2036 DNA matches I must purchase the Premium Plus membership, that has the tree searching included, for the price of $175 a year.Had I known this I would have gone with a company that either gave you full access to DNA match information or allowed you to buy a (less costly) monthly membership.

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  4. Rating
    20

    Took for ever and they made everything a monthly payment to unlock other services. Very disappointed with this purchase

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  5. Rating
    20

    MyHeritage doesn’t recognize the kit number and customer service only works if you’re paying over a hundred dollars for their services. What a joke and a waste of time.

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  6. Rating
    20

    I received my Heritage list , but then they won’t give you your DNA unless you pay more money monthly. Not worth it and was very disappointed.

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  7. Rating
    20

    DO NOT PURCHASE!!! they have totally false test results! They gave ethnic percentages that were nowhere near what I was. They have false reports on my son and nephew who all took the test.We are of Korean descent but the results showed ZERO Korean and instead bunch of other ethnicities that was nowhere even close to what we were.I took 23andme and Ancestry and they showed similar results to each other but NOTHING even close to My heritage results. 23andme AND Ancestry both showed almost over 90% Korean!Trying to get help or info from My heritage site is next to impossible and even trying to contact them through email is of no help and a joke!I went through so much confusion and distress when I saw there DNA results and I’m glad I took the others to disprove My Heritage’s findings.Turns out they don’t even have Korea in the data their data base!!They don’t even deserve the one star!

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    20

    They got close on the British Isles conclusions. But the family has records of decendents from central Germany so we were sure that would show. But the results show nothing for Germany which should be quite dominate. Also did not show the 1/32 Native American. Not very accurate.

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