Changes to AncestryDNA kit management

This is the link to the news about changes in the way AncestryDNA are managing their kits and how it affects those who manage more than one kit. Please read it carefully.

Enhancing Collaboration and Roles on DNA Results

Here are some observations made by Blaine T. Bettinger, on his Facebook page, about some of the misinformation being spread on various forums about the implications of these changes:

Whew, take a deep breath and don’t panic!! There is a LOT of misinformation out there right now! MOST comments I’ve read so far are incorrect because people haven’t thoroughly read the post and don’t understand the new Manager role. Messages will NOT go unanswered now, there will NOT be more paid subscriptions now, people will NOT stop testing now. One test per kit is NOT some weird new thing (FTDNA has always done it!). It’s mostly hype. If you feel strongly about this, PLEASE actually READ the post and checklist!!

**As long as a new kit makes you Manager, you will still be able to do everything you were able to do before (link to YOUR tree, download their data, and so on).**

**If you are a Manager, the kit’s messages are sent to YOUR account! Messaging won’t be any different, you won’t need to log into each account.**

AncestryDNA has announced that as of July 18th, there will be just one DNA kit activation per account (other than for minors). New kits will have to be associated with a new Ancestry account, which can be either a free or paid account. Existing accounts with multiple kits won’t be affected. There is now a new step during the activation process in which the activator can invite you as a manager (able to download raw data and send messages), which I hope will help the process.If you are a Manager, the kit’s messages are sent to your account.

It will be a challenge to ensure that people that I buy kits for and that create a new account give me Manager status, but it isn’t insurmountable and isn’t the end of the world.

[Please feel free to share this to combat all the misinformation out there!!]

AncestryDNA article in Nature Communications

2017-02-08_nature_articleWhen you choose not to opt out of the research component when you first sign up for AncestryDNA, your DNA results as well as your public family tree are used as data for scientific research. Although this can include the use of your results by third party companies with associations with AncestryDNA, it is also used for projects like the new article that has published in Nature Communications. This article examines recent migrations within the United States and reveals ethnic clusters that are supported by DNA data.

You can read about the research on the Ancestry Blog:
Nature Communications publishes AncestryDNA breakthrough on genetic communities

You can read the open access article in Nature Communications:
Clustering of 700,000 genomes reveals post-colonial population structure of North America