Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Posted June 30, 2016 by Amanda | 30 Comments

We’re excited to announce big news – Geni and Family Tree DNA, a global leader in genetic genealogy, have partnered to integrate Family Tree DNA test results into Geni’s World Family Tree. Today we are releasing a project that has been one and a half years in the making!

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

As of today, Geni supports three major DNA technologies to enhance the World Family Tree - Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA. Users can now link their Family Tree DNA account to Geni and have their DNA test results transferred accurately to their Geni profile with a single click.

Now you can confirm your relationship to individuals in your direct paternal line (Y-DNA), direct maternal line (mtDNA) and relatives across all lines via autosomal DNA. You can also discover new relatives via DNA matching. Read more about using DNA to verify relationships in your family tree.

DNA tests are an increasingly popular method that is being used by genealogists to discover their family’s origins and find new relatives. By combining the power of genetic testing with Geni’s World Family Tree, users will be able to confirm or refute connections with confidence, increasing the accuracy of the tree. Uploading DNA data to the World Family Tree will highlight situations where the documented genealogy doesn’t sit well with the biological descendancy. These discrepancies are often caused by mistakes of genealogists, adoptions or infidelities. DNA data will also help separate fact from fiction, as is sometimes the case with people claiming descent from royalty.

The new integration with Family Tree DNA is secure and automatic, making it free of errors that could occur with manual data entry of DNA information. Privacy is strictly enforced and raw DNA data points such as markers and mutations are never shown on Geni. DNA results are displayed on profiles only as haplogroups and matches. Additional privacy settings allow you to control precisely how Geni manages your DNA information on profiles.

In addition, we have used public online information from Ysearch and Mitosearch —public services operated by Family Tree DNA, for uploading and comparing Y-DNA and mtDNA submitted voluntarily by test takers from various services. Geni has loaded this public data, and our fantastic team of curators has merged the data into the World Family Tree. As a result, Geni celebrates its DNA launch with DNA data points on more than 228,000 people, making it the most DNA-rich collaborative family tree in the world, from day one. These are exciting times for Geni.

Let’s take a look at DNA test results on Geni.

Profile Page

Profile pages will now show icons indicating which DNA tests have been taken or propagated to the profile, and the resulting haplogroup for Y and mitochondrial tests. You can control who will see this information on your profile using the “DNA Haplogroups” setting on your profile privacy page. Set it to Public to allow all Geni users to see the haplogroups, or Private if you want only your close family members (fourth cousins and closer) to be able to view this. Click ‘details’ to view the results in more detail on the new DNA tab on your profile.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

On the profile page, a new tab labeled DNA was added, as shown below.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Clicking on this tab will display information on this profile’s DNA test results. Here you can upload your own DNA test results or see a list of relatives who have already uploaded their test results to the tree. On your profile, you also have the option to view a list of living people in your tree who can be tested for Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA test that may match yours.

The profile DNA tab displays an overview of the DNA for the person as well as details of each of the three test types:

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

If you have taken a Family Tree DNA test before, you can upload it to your profile in a few clicks. Simply click on the link “transfer your DNA results” to transfer your results from Family Tree DNA to Geni.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

You will then be asked to log in to your Family Tree DNA account to connect it to your Geni profile.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Click the checkbox to accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and then confirm Family Tree DNA’s access to your Geni account by clicking ‘Authorize’:

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Once you have authorized the application, your Family Tree DNA account will show that it is connected.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

After linking your accounts, your DNA test results will be automatically uploaded to your Geni profile and appear on the DNA tab (this is usually completed within a few minutes).

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

The results will also be propagated to other profiles in your tree, showing you who may be related through your paternal line (Y-DNA), maternal line (mtDNA) or autosomal DNA (close relatives). Greater confidence can be obtained by testing more relatives – click the links to view lists of living relatives who can be tested.

For example, if you have completed a Y-DNA test, your results will be propagated to your father’s profile.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Confirm Relationships

You can gain more confidence in the connections in your family tree now that relationships can be confirmed with DNA test results.

In the DNA tab, a green checkmark will appear next to relationships that have been confirmed by DNA.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Relationship paths are even better now that they can be confirmed with DNA. If a relationship has not yet been confirmed, a button will appear suggesting to confirm it with a DNA test.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

A relationship path is considered confirmed if both people have matching DNA tests, or two or more propagated DNA results that match:

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

In the example below, mitochondrial DNA test results were used to confirm the relationship between an aunt and a nephew.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

When you click on ‘View details,’ you are automatically directed to the DNA tab of the profile to show which DNA test results confirm the relationship. The green check marks indicate which results that were matched to the profile have been used to confirm the relationship.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Review Conflicts

A yellow triangle will alert you when there is a conflict with other DNA test results that have been added to the tree so that you may investigate further.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

When you click on the link to view the conflict in detail, you will be provided with a tree view of the conflict.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

You can also click on the ‘Profiles’ tab to view the list of conflicting profiles.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

To help you pinpoint the discrepancy, click on the link to view a list of additional relatives that can be tested.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

DNA Matches

Users will be transferring new DNA information to Geni every day. As this happens, we will be looking constantly for new DNA matches in your tree. When a new match is found, you will be automatically alerted. You can view your DNA Matches under your notifications at the top right corner of the page.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Clicking on the DNA Matches notification will take you to a page that details your matches, organized by DNA test type.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

From here, you can view a list of matching profiles for each test type.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Family Tree View

We’ve also enhanced the family tree view to show you which relatives have had DNA test results added to their profile. In your family tree, a black DNA icon will now appear for each relative who has been DNA tested.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Merging Profiles

DNA tests have also been added to the merge comparison page so you can confirm your Tree Matches with even greater confidence. A green checkmark will indicate matching test results, while a yellow triangle will indicate a conflict.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Meet Relatives in Haplogroup Projects

Geni provides a DNA project for each haplogroup, as a meeting place for users who may be related and wish to share their family trees to find overlaps and merge duplicate profiles. Profiles that share the same haplogroup, determined either through testing or propagation, will be automatically added to the project. You can opt out of being included in DNA haplogroup projects in your profile privacy settings by making your DNA Haplogroups private. Users can edit the About section of each project to add more information about the haplogroup.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree


You can control what DNA information you would like to be public or private in your profile privacy settings.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

By default,

  • Your DNA haplogroups are public but can only be seen by other Geni users
  • Your name and link to your profile is public on propagated DNA
  • Other users can match to your DNA results
  • Your DNA results are propagated to other profiles in your family tree
  • Your relatives are allowed to propagate their results to your profile

You may update your privacy settings at any time.

Next Steps

Haven’t done a DNA test yet? Today is the perfect time to get started with DNA testing for genealogy now that you can add your DNA test results to your family tree on Geni. Check out our DNA tests page to find which DNA test is best for you. Purchase our discounted DNA tests powered by Family Tree DNA now!

Already tested with Family Tree DNA? Upload your results to your Geni profile now! You can easily transfer your results with a simple, one-click process. Just click on the link on your profile’s DNA tab to transfer your DNA results from Family Tree DNA to Geni, and follow the steps outlined above. Or you can login to your Family Tree DNA account and connect with Geni through their partner applications page. Upload your Family Tree DNA test results now.

Tested with a different provider? If you have already been tested for autosomal DNA by a different provider, such as AncestryDNA™  or 23andMe® , you may export your raw DNA data from their services and then upload it to Geni for future matches. In your DNA tab, click on the “Upload Your Autosomal DNA Results” button.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Follow the instructions for the provider you have tested with to upload your raw DNA data to Geni.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Upload your autosomal DNA results now!

Have your relatives tested with Family Tree DNA, but they don’t have a Geni account? You can link a Family Tree DNA kit to any profile on which you have full permissions to edit (family who allow it and public profiles you manage). The process is the same as the steps outlined above. Simply go to the DNA tab on their profile and click on the link to transfer those DNA test results from Family Tree DNA to Geni.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

It is very important to make sure you are logged into the Family Tree DNA account with the correct kit to ensure you are adding the right DNA test results to the Geni profile.

You can also invite your relatives to join your family tree on Geni. Once they have accepted your invitation, your relatives may connect their Family Tree DNA account to their Geni account. Not only will they be able to share their DNA test results in the Geni tree, but they will also be able to collaborate and contribute more information to the family tree on Geni. Read how to invite relatives to your family tree.

If you have more questions about DNA tests, please check out our DNA FAQ page for more information.

We’re very excited to add these new DNA technologies to the World Family Tree, to help improve and expand your family history research. Geni’s World Family Tree currently connects over 104 million profiles. Access to all DNA features on Geni is free. With DNA test results integrated into the family tree, the world’s highest-quality collaborative family tree just got better.


Post written by Amanda

Amanda is the Social Media Coordinator at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

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  • Leonid Neishtadt

    Is it possible to link/import data from 23andme?

  • geniblog
  • geniblog

    Yes, a yellow triangle will alert you when there is a conflict with other DNA results. If both adoptive and biological parents are included, the DNA results will propagate to the biological parents.

  • geniblog

    Hi Peter, it will show on the person’s DNA tab on the profile page if the results were uploaded from YSearch or Mitosearch.

  • Roberto

    How to do dna test? Blood? Send to you? Would it be better to do the dna test in the oldest man in my family?

    • geniblog

      Hi, you can purchase a DNA test from Family Tree DNA. Check out our DNA test page to see which test is right for you . Once you receive your results, you can link your Family Tree DNA account to your Geni account to add your results to your family tree.

  • geniblog

    Hi Peter,

    From your message, it seems your test results are not yet complete. You should wait until FTDNA notifies you that the results are in. If they don’t show up on your Geni profile after they appear on FTDNA, then you should try again at that time.

    • Peter Roberts

      Hi Amanda,

      My test results were completed at FTDNA thirteen years ago. Please let me know who I should contact to help me.

      Thanks and sincerely, Peter

      • geniblog

        Thanks for the clarification. I’ve sent you an email so we can investigate your issue further.

  • geniblog

    Hi, from your message, it sounds like you are trying to access one of our premium features. Please allow me to clarify our account types. A basic account on Geni is free and it allows you to add unlimited people to your tree, access our DNA features and merge and collaborate at no cost. You may also contact users and profile managers for free from their profile pages. We also offer a premium subscription called Pro, but it is not required to use Geni. Pro gives you access to additional features such as Tree Matches (matching profiles on Geni), full access to our search engine and priority support. You may want to try out our Surname pages ( or our Public Directory (

  • geniblog

    Hi Rachel, thanks for your comment. 1) For your matches, you may find this chart helpful . 2) For the people who seem to repeat, are they the same profile or are they duplicate profiles that have yet to merge? Please feel free to send a ticket to our customer service team for here 3) Privacy is strictly enforced, so we wont show raw DNA data points such as markers and mutations. DNA results are displayed on profiles only as haplogroups and matches.

  • Elena Mihaylova Kuyumdjian

    Geni is a MyHeritage company. I am a premium subscriber on MyHeritage. When the DNA features will be available on MyHeritage?

    • geniblog

      The DNA features on MyHeritage and Geni are separate and for the most part work independently of each other. As of now, the MyHeritage DNA features are planned for release in the late July – early August timeframe.

  • Azi Grae

    I uploaded my 23andme info on June 30, 2016 and it still says it will be “will be processed soon”- what is the ETA for having this setup? thanks,

    • geniblog

      Hi, the results are stored for now as we complete work to expand our DNA features, which will include this data for future matches. It’ll be a couple more months before they are available.

  • lstep

    I’m a Geni basic user. In my profile, I don’t see that DNA tab. Is there something to do to see it? And when I try to go directly to , I get an error: “Unable to view DNA matches for this profile”.

    • geniblog

      Hi, you may be in one of the restricted locations. Please note that the DNA features are not available to residents of the following locations: Israel, France, Poland or the State of Alaska.

      • Lusha Hood

        Can you please let me know why these particular countries do not have the DNA features available, I’m resident if one if these countries.

        • geniblog

          Hi, the features are not available due to the laws in those countries.

  • geniblog

    Hi, DNA matches are a great way to discover new relatives. When you find a match, you can contact them to connect with these new branches of your family.

  • Nickvet419

    “If a relationship has not yet been confirmed, a button will appear suggesting to confirm it with a DNA test.” I am not seeing this option with a fifth cousin once removed who has a matching dNA test?

  • Christina Harris

    I had taken a DNA test through Ancestry last year and in July 2016 uploaded to Geni of which I am a “Pro”. I still see absolutely no results and since July see the message
    “Your autosomal DNA test results were uploaded to Geni on July 8, 2016 and will be processed soon.

    I agree to participate in the Geni DNA Research Project

    You may remove your uploaded autosomal DNA test results from Geni.”
    This has me me quite frustrated!
    Can you help??

    • geniblog

      Hi Christina,

      We apologize for the delay. The results are being stored for now as we complete enhancements to our DNA features, which will include these results in future matches. Unfortunately, the work is taking longer than anticipated. We hope to have the work completed soon and you will be notified as soon as the matches are available. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

  • Christine

    Hi, I have been trying to upload my 23andme file and keep getting error messages saying it’s not the correct file type. It’s a zipped file. So I tried again, this time unzipping it first and then attempting to upload the unzipped file (which is a .txt file). Still getting and error message. What gives?

    • geniblog

      Hi, we accept the zipped and unzipped file. Can you please email the file to so that we can look further into this?

  • geniblog

    Hi Melton, we apologize for the delay. We’re still waiting on some work to be done by MyHeritage (our parent company) before we can make matches to 23andMe autosomal DNA test results available. At this time, we don’t have plans to propagate Y-DNA and mtDNA results from 23andMe. However, we do support Y-DNA and mtDNA results from Family Tree DNA, which is available now.

  • Michel Hartveld

    Hi Amanda, I do live in Brazil but will be next week in the USA (Texas). I am interested in getting a DNA test for my origins.
    How should we proceed ? Michel Hartveld (

    • geniblog

      Hi Michel, you may want to consider purchasing an autosomal DNA test to uncover your ethnic origins and find new relatives. You can read more about what DNA tests are available here: