While it’s database isn’t anywhere near the size of Ancestry, MyHeritage has lots of customers outside of the USA. This MyHeritage DNA Kit review is going to look at the features of the DNA test and run through the pros and cons of this service.
- One of the most popular testing company for ancestry tests
- Has 9 billion historical records
- Has over 35 million family trees
- Supports 42 languages and has around 92 million users worldwide
- Assists with further genealogical research if wanted
|DNA testing type:||Autosomal|
|Speed:||3-4 weeks (mine took 27 days)|
How much does a MyHeritage kit cost?
- Ethnic Group Testing
- Geographic Regions
- Relative Finder
- 27 health reports
- Physician Oversight
- 4-6 week turn around
- Up to 2500 people in the family tree
- 24/7 phone support
- Family Tree Builder Premium
What is in the box?
- 2 cheek swabs
- Vials to place cheek swabs in
- Plastic bag to send in results
- Return Envelope
One thing that is surprisingly missing is return shipping. MyHeritage is the only service I’ve found that makes you pay for return shipping.
Send in steps
- Activate Kit online
- Open Test kit and lay out unopened swabs
- Remove one cheek swab and swab inside of your cheek for 30-60 seconds
- Put the vial and insert the swab
- Close vial
- Swab other cheek and insert into the second vial
- Put the vials on the cotton pad in the plastic bag and close it. Put it in the included envelope.
- Mail the envelope to the DNA lab. (you have to pay for this yourself!?)
How does MyHeritage protect my privacy?
- Allows you to control if matches can find you and what info they have access to (private and secure)
- Never sells your DNA samples, results, reports, or any other information
- Allows you to opt-out of any research programs
- Requires a court order to hand your DNA over to law enforcement
- MyHeritage pledges never to share your data with insurance companies
MyHeritage did recently get hacked, but the hackers were only able to steal usernames and passwords, no DNA data.
MyHeritage plays a video that shows your heritage, from where most of your DNA is from to least.
From here, you can look at the 4 tabs that MyHeritage provides:
MyHeritage gives you the DNA estimate that was shown in the video when you first got your results.
By comparing your DNA into the DNA from their database, MyHeritage matches you to individuals with whom you share important DNA. You can look at your family members that are on MyHeritage. I had no close family matches (though I did on 23andMe and Ancestry), and some extended matches (so far removed it wasn’t that interesting). This should give you an idea of the database size for MyHeritage.
The report lists matches until the fifth cousin – that is six generations back. This results in many matches – hundreds and sometimes thousands. Do not get overly excited as a large number of them might not mean much. They could very well be false positives. In other words, concentrate on matches until your 4th cousins. Beyond this, use paper paths and genealogical documents to confirm relatedness.
The last tab, Tools, gives you 3 options:
- Chromosome Browser allows you to add your DNA matches to look at shared DNA segments. For the extremely advanced DNA tester, this is interesting. For all else, this is gibberish.
- AutoClusters – hidden behind a paywall
- Ethnicities map – Allows you to discover the most common ethnicities in each country.
MyHeritage has recently added a health section. You can purchase the add on for $120. It differs from other DNA testers in that they give you a physician for oversight to determine if the test is right for you. If you’ve already bought the ancestry kit, the steps to add this are:
It takes an estimated 4-6 weeks for your results.
Similar to Ancestry, you can search public records to find family member records. This is hidden behind a paywall, so if you want to be able to search public records, you will need to subscribe to MyHeritage Data plan.
Other family members DNA – MyHeritage lets you upload family members’ raw DNA data from another site. As a result, if you have a family member who has taken a 23andMe or Ancestry (or other company) DNA kit, you can upload the DNA to MyHeritage and look at commonalities.
Professional Genealogy service – MyHeritage partnered with LegacyTree, so you can hire a professional researcher to help you build out your family tree if wanted.
In conclusion, MyHeritage DNA Kit is on par with 23andMe and Ancestry. It is a well designed, easy to use site which shows you the information you came looking for. You can save a little money vs. 23andMe if you’d like, but the amount you save vs. how interesting and well presented the results are in other services doesn’t seem worth it.
Extras like uploading your DNA make the site attractive. Not paying for return shipping can’t be worth how much MyHeritage is saving.