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Old 04-25-2018, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Actually, 23 has a place where you can put in a link to a tree you have somewhere else. It shows up on the page where you see your DNA relatives.

(But yes, you have to look somewhere else for it)
Yes you can put a link in your profile, but 23andMe doesn't host the trees, and so most people don't put an external link in their profile. Lots of people don't even have a tree set up somewhere, so if they wanted to, they'd have to look elsewhere to do it, and most people don't bother, etc. At AncestryDNA, they prompt people to build a tree while they wait for their results to come in, and make it super easy for people to do so (not everyone does, but making it easy does make people more likely to do it). Also, not having the trees internally on 23andMe means it's harder to compare them. AncestryDNA makes it incredibly easy to integrate the DNA with the trees for a more seamless workflow that yields more success more quickly.
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Old 04-27-2018, 07:31 AM
 
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It is true, thanks.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:56 AM
 
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I had the same issue with 23&Me. They took forever until they informed me they could not read the sample. They did send me another kit and that worked. Keep at it... you already paid.
My second sample failed as well. Their email said there was not enough DNA and they’re sending me a full refund. I followed the instructions carefully both times. Anyone have thoughts on how to increase the odds of a sample including sufficient DNA?
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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My second sample failed as well. Their email said there was not enough DNA and they’re sending me a full refund. I followed the instructions carefully both times. Anyone have thoughts on how to increase the odds of a sample including sufficient DNA?
You might try Family Tree DNA. I believe it uses a swab to collect the sample, not spit.
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:38 PM
 
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You might try Family Tree DNA. I believe it uses a swab to collect the sample, not spit.
Thanks, I’ll give that one a try. I’m also planning a new criminal career. Between not shedding much DNA, I also have no fingerprints other than some swirls on my thumbs. I found that out when I was applying for a TSA account. The guy trying to get my prints said it’s become pretty common for some peoples finger pads to be smooth due to the amount of time they spend on a keyboard. Since I’ve been a programmer for almost 40 years, it makes sense!
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Thanks, I’ll give that one a try. I’m also planning a new criminal career. Between not shedding much DNA, I also have no fingerprints other than some swirls on my thumbs. I found that out when I was applying for a TSA account. The guy trying to get my prints said it’s become pretty common for some peoples finger pads to be smooth due to the amount of time they spend on a keyboard. Since I’ve been a programmer for almost 40 years, it makes sense!
LOL. That is funny. But yeah, maybe try a swab test . Myheritage is a swab test as well.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:06 AM
 
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My heritage was a good one to discover the ethnicity.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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My heritage was a good one to discover the ethnicity.
MyHeritage are the worst for ethnicity, in my experience. There are exceptions, of course, it does depend on the individual sometimes... but for the most part, it seems to be the most inaccurate.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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MyHeritage are the worst for ethnicity, in my experience. There are exceptions, of course, it does depend on the individual sometimes... but for the most part, it seems to be the most inaccurate.
My experience of managing 7 accounts is that MyHeritage struggles with people of mixed ethnicity, but excels at identifying people of one ethnicity.
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Old 07-09-2018, 04:18 PM
 
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Which is much more time consuming and difficult - most people on 23andMe never respond. Some people don't respond at other companies too, but I find the response rate is much lower at 23andMe. As you self admittedly don't have your DNA at any other company, and I'm guessing you've never searched for an unknown bio parent from DNA, perhaps you don't have the experience to make an informed comparison.
Agreed. Of the multiple cases where I've tested both at 23andme and Ancestry DNA (and FTDNA imported as well) I find the 23andme response rate much lower. Many seem just interested in health and not genealogy.

Of course, not that it isn't worth doing, but it's good for people to have appropriate expectations.
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