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How to Activate and Manage AncestryDNA Kits

Description: This is a tutorial that is mainly focusing on how to activate and the introduction of how to manage ancestry DNA kits.

We are going to talk about activating and managing ancestry DNA kits. For those of you who’ve never activated an ancestry DNA kit before, we will start by walking through the simple flow of how to activate an ancestry DNA kit; for those of you who might be the family genealogists and have tested yourself and several other family members, we will walk through some of the new roles for collaborating with other family members who have tested or who you want to get tested.

Now it has been ancestry’s policy that every adult must activate their own ancestry DNA kit, some changes have been made to the activation flow which makes it more apparent and our goal is to give every adult the control over their own DNA results and the privacy, levels of those results will be more apparent as we go on today.

Let’s talk about activating an ancestry DNA kit, you can do this in several ways, you can go online through any web browser to DNA dot or you can go through your mobile app that allows you to activate your kit through the app and then track it through lab processing until your results are available, either way works just fine.

We’re going to walk through a couple of screenshots that have been taken both out of a web browser and off of our mobile device, now the main screen you’re going to get here is going to be to activate your DNA kit.

If you already have an ancestry account, you can just log in with your regular username and password to activate that DNA kit. If you’re not sure, you might want to double check that. One of the challenges we see is that some people run into it without using the ancestry account that already exists, so they create a new one, and that may cause that the two aren’t connect to each other. So double check first. If you already have an ancestry account, log in to that account and if you don’t, create a new account as part of your activation process.

Now new accounts on ancestry, specifically for ancestry DNA testing do not require an ancestry subscription or a credit card number. All we need is your name and email address and then we need you to create a password.

Once you have either logged in or created the free account, we’re going to get you to your getting started screen, we’re going to ask you if the DNA sample you’re providing is for yourself whether it’s for a child under the age of 18 or if you’re helping activate the DNA kit for another adult, select which is right for you.

Make sure that you read the ancestry DNA Terms & Conditions and our privacy statement, check that box and click Next, then plug in the 15 digit activation code from the side of the DNA, make sure you get those numbers and letters all entered accurately. If you don’t, it’ll pop up a little air, clear it out, try again, you should be fine.

Go ahead and click Next, then we’re going to need to provide a little bit of information about yourself, some of which is for our tracking purposes others is for the purposes of quality control. So we need you to provide your birth and your sex. Then click Next, it will take you into our research participation information.

Read the informed consent and click that, then select whether you do or do not give consent to have your DNA sample used as part of our research and then you’re going to set your display settings, display preferences determine what your DNA matches.

You’re going to get back your ethnicity and your genetic communities as well as a list of everybody in the ancestry DNA database who shares DNA with you and this screen helps you determine what you want them to be able to see about you or all of your ethnicity and cultural origins or only what you have in common.

Once you’ve selected that, go ahead and click Next, then we’re going to take you to a review screen to make sure all your information is accurate. On the top of that screen you’re going to see a display name option and you can edit that, the default is going to be your username but you have control over how you want your name displayed to your matches, full real names, username or only initials which can make you more anonymous.

Once you have clicked, then activate kit. At the bottom of that screen, you get a little activation complete screen which lets you know that the kit has been activated correctly and then you can walk through instructions.

I’m going to show you how to provide the DNA, take a sample into the little tube, get the cap on to make sure that the preservation gets dropped into the tube and when it gets to us, we can start processing your DNA kit.

You do have the option to activate a DNA test for a child, the question you’ll be asked is are you the parent or legal guardian of this particular child, it is important because we just want to make sure that people understand that they have control over their DNA results and children under the age of 18 cannot activate their own tests without the permission of a parent or legal guardian.

You also have the option on this getting started screen to help activate a DNA kit for another adult now, I always encourage people to take the test because the more DNA we can collect from family members, the broader picture it gives us of the DNA of our ancestors, it can connect us together to help build our family tree to help break through some of the brick walls to help validate our paper trail. So we added this new button that allows you to enter their email address so that we can send them the invitation to activate their DNA kit and this is a new part of the process.

If you purchase several kits for several members of family, it doesn’t mean that I own their DNAs, it means that I’m willing to pay for that and in the hopes that they would provide a sample that would help me with my research.

They can click the link in the email and they will walk through the same activation flow as I showed you, but they will get an additional step because of the invitation you sent them, in this additional step, they will choose if they want to assign an account manager or not, which means they have the option to make you the manager of their DNA test results.

As a manager, you have the right to do everything including delete your data, download it, upload it to other places or they can change how other people access your test results, except moving the owner’s access to their own DNA flow. So make sure the manager you make is a trusted family member, or a trusted friend.

If you are sharing DNA results with them, there will be benefits which is they can receive any messages that are related to the test results, and they will be able to communicate with the others who match with the DNA, then they can figure out some members on the family tree and continue to build the family tree as well as making new discoveries. They can also see your DNA test results without logging into your account and send messages back and forth.

Now if you have taken a DNA test at any time, you can go into your settings on your DNA homepage and you can invite others to have access to those DNA results, we’ve added some roles to let others have more breadth of opportunity for people to collaborate with each other which is very important because we know that collaboration is a huge part of family history research, so we want to give people the access to do that in DNA settings.

You can go down here and give people DNA result access, enter their email addresses and then select the role that you want to give them the chart, when you click on the details of the role, you will see a chart, click and read it, and you will go to ancestry blog, do a search there for activation and you will find our blog post about all these with in detail.

Now we shall clarify what each role can do, the DNA owner is the person who provides the DNA sample, they are the ones who have full control over everything that happens with their DNA results; the manager has all accesses except removing the owner’s access.

There’s also a collaborator which is designed for the people like me who work with adoptees who are trying to find biological parents, the collaborator can view the results, make their own notes on the matches and link the results to the tree that they create to see if they are on the right track.

A viewer is able to view the results, for example, if you are working on a family tree, and you need someone’s help, then you can give him the viewer access which means they can see the results and give you some suggestions but they can’t edit your family tree and the DNA results.

If you are the family genealogist, you can manage multiple DNA results on your account if the spitter gives you the access, you don’t have to log into different accounts or have multiple subscriptions, and you can attach as many results to your account as possible.

If you have the family tree, then you can attach all the results to which you have access to the family tree, every owner of the result can have the ultimate control of the his or her own result. If a family member doesn’t want to work with their own DNA, they don’t have need to have an ancestry subscription, all they need to do is to make you the manager, and they can invite as many collaborators or viewers as they want to.

If you are joining this world of ancestry DNA for the first time, I hope you are excited about the result.

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