10 December 2015

Important Notice about 23andMe for Genetic Genealogists

The world of genetic DNA testing is always changing.  Back in October, we reported that 23andMe receives approval to provide health information.  These changes were accompanied by a price increase.

Then, those who had tested with 23andMe received notification that effective November 11th preparation was underway for a “new 23andMe experience.”  Part of that preparation appears to be that just not is the “new” 23andMe site different, but that information that genealogists have come to rely on is not now provided.

The result of this, according to The Legal Genealogist (Judy G Russell) in Now… and not now is the following ...

And it’s clear to me now that — well — at the very very best the new 23andMe site is a work-in-progress. And when all the dust settles and the smoke clears, we may find that it’s significantly less useful for genealogists than the old site used to be. That’s not a given; there is some nice potential to the new site. What’s also not a given is whether 23andMe cares about the genealogical community, and whether it will listen.

So… what do we do now?

If you’ve already tested with 23andMe, the time is now — right now — today — this minute — to save any information that may just up and disappear when 23andMe gets around to switching your kit to the new system.

Do read her full post as it provides links to a couple of blog posts written by Roberta Estes and Shannon Christmas which you will want to read where you can learn more about the coming changes and are provided with explicit instructions on how to best “save” the information currently available to those who have tested with 23andMe.

Good luck with your current mission – save, save, save your 23andMe DNA information if you tested before the “new system” is implemented.

For readers whose kit has been switched from the old to the new, what do you think?

If your kit was switched, have you found a way to still access the information previously available after the switch?

Editor's Note: 10 Dec 2015, 22:00, corrected affective to effective.

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