Myheritage DNA Review 2021

MyHeritage DNA offers a raw look at your genetic makeup, but it doesn’t include any information to help you interpret the results or learn more about how your ancestors lived.

PROS

  • Easy to understand results
  • Included family tree software and research resources

CONS

  • Tricky sample collection process
  • It doesn’t give any context to your results

MYHERITAGE DNA SPECS

Family Tree SoftwareYes
Imports From Other ServicesYes
Exports ResultsYes

ALL SPECS 

MyHeritage DNA offers a full genealogical package that includes DNA testing and matching, as well as free family tree software. It presents your results with fun, music-backed animation, and lets you see where your ancestors lived on a globe. However, there’s no way to dig deeper into your results other than to explore DNA matches. If you’re looking for a DNA testing service that syncs with genealogy software, MyHeritage DNA doesn’t measure up to AncestryDNA’s offerings. Furthermore, the service has none of the more in-depth ancestral analysis offered by its competitors.MyHeritageDNA regions

Pricing and DNA Collection

To order a kit, you must provide your sex and birth year. MyHeritage DNA charges $79 for a kit, and shipping costs $12. If you order two kits, you get half-price shipping; buy three or more, and shipping is free. After that, you simply select a display name, and then accept the site’s terms and services.

MyHeritage DNA Ethnicities

I received my kit within a week and quickly registered it by adding its barcode to my account. Kits are tracked by number, not name, so you need to do this to get your results. Once I registered my kit online, a screen popped up with instructions that matched the packaging. 

This DNA kit consists of two swabs and two vials of a stabilizing solution. The swabs have cotton tips and plastic arms. Once you’ve swabbed a sample, you place the swab in the solution. First, however, you snap off the plastic part, which is easier said than done. The first time, I resorted to using scissors to snip it off; the second time, I figured out that you can snap it off by pressing it against the inner threads of the vial. In any case, I’d recommend keeping scissors handy.

DNA Reports and Extra Features

My findings were ready within a few weeks. MyHeritage DNA has the most dramatic reveal of any other DNA kit I’ve tested. When you click the notification email to access your results, it opens with a spinning globe set to regional music. When it stops, a map reveals your genetic makeup with hotspots indicating your ethnicity, and percentages listed to the left. 

While my reports from 23andme and AncestryDNA were nearly identical, MyHeritage DNA displayed a slight deviation. Not surprisingly, it still pegged me as mostly Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, but it also threw in 6.3 percent East European, which I hadn’t encountered before. The music began with a Celtic sound, but switched to an eastern European sound. I enjoyed the pageantry, I’ll admit. You can zoom in on the map, but that won’t reveal any more detail than what’s already there.

If you’ve already taken the DNA test, you can upgrade your kit for $49 to access health tests, including 42 reports with information like carrier status and genetic risks for various conditions. The company requires you to fill out a questionnaire first, which is then confidently reviewed by a physician. Your reports are then reviewed by an in-house clinical team that determines if you need genetic counseling.

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