Ancestry.com announces discontinuing Y-DNA and mtDNA testing
On Thursday, June 5, 2014, Ancestry.com formally announced they were discontinuing several services they have previously offered. One of those services is the discontinuance of the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests.
The Y-DNA test is the test which documents a direct male paternal line and the test used in surname Projects--notably the Turner DNA Project with Family Tree DNA Company.
According to the official notification by Ancestry.com of this change, after Sept 5, 2014, the results of past Y-DNA tests and mtDNA tests which were done under Ancestry.com will no longer be available.
If you are a male Turner who did a Y-DNA test with Ancestry.com (or a female who sponsored a male Turner doing this test), I highly recommend that you transfer the kit results to the Turner DNA Project at Family Tree DNA Company. FTDNA has been doing this type of testing far longer than Ancestry.com offered it. Additionally, the Turner Surname Project under FTDNA which began in 2002 now has over 580 members who have tested. A few of these are mtDNA tests (which document a direct maternal line) and some are what FTDNA calls their Family Finder test (an autosomal DNA test similar to Ancestry.com's test they call "AncestryDNA."
Ancestry.com has not made any announcement regarding their plans for their AncestryDNA (autosomal) test.
mtDNA tests done under Ancestry.com MAY NOT be transferred to FTDNA because of compatibility issues.
There are two ways to transfer your Y-DNA test results to Family Tree DNA Company. One stores your results there but does not give you matches or haplogroup predictions. Both a Y-DNA 33 Marker Ancestry test and a Y-DNA 46 Marker Ancestry test may be transferred this way. It would allow your results to show on the large Y-DNA results chart of our Turner DNA Project. There is a small $19 fee to do this type of transfer.
The other type of transfer will provide both the transfer and storing of your results at FTDNA, full participation in the group, matching, and the upgrade which involves a new sample so that the markers which are not tested at Ancestry.com in their tests may be added to make the results fully compatible with those testing at FTDNA. This type of transfer is $58.
AncestryDNA (autosomal tests) may also be transferred but because Ancestry.com at this point still appears to be retaining this test, I will leave that up to the individual's own judgment as to whether it is advisable to transfer at this time or not.
If you need more information on how to proceed with a transfer of a Y-DNA test which you have done at Ancestry.com, you may contact me at my email address--not posting to the message board.
The important thing is, do something to ensure that your current Y-DNA test done at Ancestry.com is not lost. Family Tree DNA Company's business is DNA testing for genealogical purposes. It is not a historical data records company as is Ancestry.com which temporarily offered DNA services.
Gail R. Blancett, Administrator, Turner DNA Project, under FTDNA