Update to AncestryDNA Test Rules

For those who are interested in taking an AncestryDNA test, or getting other family members to do so, this is something you need to take a moment read. Ancestry has recently updated their Terms and Conditions, and this is going to affect anyone who takes future tests.

In essence “EVERYONE” (meaning, every adult) now has to have their own Ancestry account. This is free and requires your name and email. However, not everyone wants to have an Ancestry account, or wants to deal with their own test results. So what Ancestry have done is that the person who is takes a test is an account “owner” of that test, however they can then assign someone else to be a “manager” of their account. So if your mum or grandpa is happy to supply the spit for the test, but wants nothing to do with the account, you’ll just have to set it up for them (with their name and email), and change the admin settings so that you are the account “manager”.

Ancestry writes …

“As of July 18, 2017, our process for activating multiple DNA kits will provide DNA test takers enhanced control over their information by limiting activation to one test per account. The one exception to this is parents who will continue to be able to activate tests for their minor children.

If you are a customer who currently manages multiple DNA kits in your account you’ll continue to have access to those DNA results and there’s no action for you to take. If you have other family ready to get started on their own, these simple steps will help them begin their DNA journey.”

Options for giving access to a test can be found under the Settings page accessed from on your DNA Results Summary page.

A question that has already been raised numerous times is that if you already manage a number of AncestryDNA tests through your own account my account, what happens to them? The answer is nothing. These tests remain associated with your account. It’s only NEW tests that will be affected.

You can read more about these new Terms and Conditions, together with a bunch of answers to FAQs here.

One thought on “Update to AncestryDNA Test Rules

  1. LivingDNA

    If I have an Australian Aboriginal as an ancestor (ie: of Australian Aboriginal descent), will that show up as exactly that in the results if i take Y-DNA or mtDNA tests?

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