Upload your FamilyTreeDNA data to Open Humans

Through this project you can upload your FamilyTreeDNA data to Open Humans, allowing you to share your data with other interesting projects or gain some insights from it. To get started all you have to do is login into Open Humans, authorize us and upload your new FamilyTreeDNA data file.

Behind this project

This Open Humans project is run by Bastian Greshake Tzovaras, you can reach him via email at bastian@openhumans.org, or even quicker via Twitter under @gedankenstuecke. If you want to have a look at the code that runs this project you can head over to GitHub, where it is published open source under an MIT license.

Some of your questions should be answered in our FAQ.


Will my data be publicly available?

The short answer: No, by uploading your FamilyTreeDNA file you don't agree to make your data public or give anyone access to this data. It will be stored in your account and you decide with whom to share.

The longer answer: It can be public if you want it to be public. If you're logged in into Open Humans you can head to your personal data page, and make individual sources publicly available. If that's too much genome sharing for you, you can also see if there are individual projects or studies with which you want to share your genome.

Where do I find the raw data I'm supposed to upload?

If you head to the FamilyTreeDNA website you should find a link that allows you to download your data.

We'd ideally be interested in your Raw Data Concatenated. Your download should be of a single file that ends in *.gz.

Help, there are multiple download links

You should see two main categories on the FamilyTreeDNA download page. Once is the Build 37 files, the other is the Build 36 files. Both Build 37 and Build 36 are accepted, though we recommend Build 37. You should also go for the Raw Concatenated Data file, as this contains all your variants across all chromosomes.