How it Works

Find Family Members From Around The World Using DNA Matching

how it works


Take a DNA test and download the results as a DNA data file.


Upload the DNA data file to GEDmatch for processing.


Explore matching and comparison reports and other DNA tools.


Find relatives, build a family tree, and discover more about your identity.

How GEDmatch Works

1  Register – It’s fast and easy
2  Check your email for confirmation
3  Add the code from your email to GEDmatch site
How to Upload Your DNA to GEDmatch
1 Log into GEDmatch
GEDmatch login screen
upload your DNA files
2 Click on “Generic uploads (23andMe, FTDNA, AncestryDNA,most others)”
3 Provide as much information as you can in the form

If you’re not familiar with your mitochondrial haplogroup or Y haplogroup, don’t worry – you can leave these fields blank. However, do provide the name of your testing company. This is really useful when working with shared matches, as you may be able to glean good information from their family trees on the source site.

submit information
privacy options screen
4 Fill in your consent

You can choose what level of privacy you would like for your DNA kit. Simply select the option you prefer.

After that, scroll down a bit and follow these steps:

  • Click on the “Browse” or “Choose File” button at the bottom of the page
  • Find the title of the raw data you just downloaded from the testing company (23AndMe or Ancestry etc)
  • Hint: look for the correct download date
  • Find the title at the bottom of the page; highlight it and then click on “open” You can now see the title next to your GEDmatch browse button
5 Click the upload button and wait until you see the word “Finish”
file upload
6 Wait for the processing to finish

It may take up to 24 hours for all the features and functionality to become available after you upload your DNA. Please give the website some time to finish processing your data.

Free GEDmatch Tools

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Just upload your test results today and discover more!
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