Two weeks ago I posted my DNA Test Christmas Wish List, and already wish number 9 has been granted – my 3 DNA kits have finally been included in the Family Networks feature on Living DNA. But I was somewhat underwhelmed at my first login.
I understand that the Family Networks feature is still in beta test, but there are currently only three aspects of Family Networks that are functional –
- Who do I share DNA with
- How much DNA do I share with each match
- I can contact other users who share DNA with me
But I will take any feature that identifies more DNA matches for me and is free!
The first thing that I noticed is that as I had uploaded my DNA test result from another testing company, rather than testing with Living DNA, I am not shown my ethnicity results. This is not a big deal to me.
When I checked the quantity of matches for each kit, I had none, and my wife and mother in law (my other two kits) matched only each other. A disappointing beginning, but it can only get better going forward.
With LivingDNA entering the competition, it is a good time to compare the features available from the 5 top DNA testing websites, and the GEDmatch site which facilitates matching between test results from various sources. The chart below, lists the DNA test result features that I find most useful, in diminishing order of usefulness, with the testing companies in decreasing order of database size, plus a caution when using GEDmatch –
Most notably, Ancestry, which has the largest database of autosomal test results, has a feature set that more closely resembles that of Living DNA, which is a new entrant to the market. 23andMe, with half the database size of Ancestry has a much broader range of useful features. FamilyTreeDNA remains my personal favourite, but I anticipate that MyHeritage will outclass them within 12 months, and over time will become the testing company of choice.