Downloading and Importing MyHeritage

Data able to be downloaded directly from MyHeritage is limited to Relative Data and Chromosome Data. DNAGedcom Client and Pedigree Thief are able to gather Triangulation and ICW data.

Regardless of how you chose to gather your ICW / Triangulation data, the Direct Download of Matches and Segment files from MyHeritage need to be imported before the files from another source.

Built in templates available for data collected from My Heritage

Note: The MyHeritage key is a 38 character alphanumeric string.

If your MyHeritage imports do not work, please check that your profile key is set up correctly as this will be the prime suspect for an import fail.

MyHeritage has anti-scraping measures in place and can 'lock- out' users for about an hour at a time, so the reading of data has to be done in stages. If this occurs, simply come back later and try again.

Match and Chromosome Data Direct from My Heritage

Note: All MyHeritage imports of ICW or Triangulations require direct download files to be imported first.

Downloading the Data

Wait for the lists to be emailed to you and unzip the files to a known location on your computer. 

They will be named "<name> DNA Matches list <Date>-(Alphanumeric)" and "<name> DNA Matches shared segments <date>-(alphanumeric)"

Note: The Alphanumeric that appends your file name is unique to you, but is not part of your match key for GMPro. See Profile Keys for how to find your MyHeritage ID if you have not already done so.

The time taken to receive your files by email can vary between minutes and hours, sometimes even days. This is a MyHeritage issue, and depends on a variety of factors. Be Patient.

Importing into GDAT

If you downloaded additional data via either DNAGedcom or Pedigree Thief, you may now proceed to those imports.

ICW and Triangulation data via Pedigree Thief

Written with the guidance of Colin Thomson who is the developer of the Pedigree Thief tool. See the Help page of Pedigree Thief for more information if needed by right clicking on the PT icon in your browser.

Downloading the Data

Gathering your Matches.

Pedigree Thief needs to create its own database to then be able to gather the rest of the desired data.

The "Save Stored Matches" button produces a csv file that is not needed for GDAT imports, but you can save this for your own needs if desired.

Gathering your ICW and Triangulation Data

Note: The "Save Chromosome Data" button will create a csv file that is not needed for GDAT imports, but you can save this for your own needs if desired.

The 'Save ICW (missing ID)' button will produce a csv file. This lists the matches that PT could not find in its database. Perhaps a new match not yet loaded, or the owner has changed the match name since the his/her page was read, or there is more than one match in the database that has the same details as the ICW person. A user can use this information to search for the individual and run PT on the page to update the database.

Importing into GDAT

ICW and Triangulation imports from Pedigree Thief can be done in any order without issues.

ICW and Triangulation data via DNAGedcom Client

Downloading the Data

Open the Client, select Gather, and then MyHeritage.

Importing into GDAT

Ancestors of Matches

Gathering a MyHeritage match's family tree can be done in one of the following ways depending on your level of access and or personal preference.

Note: If you are going to gather tree data via either PedigreeThief or One2Tree, you will want to ensure that you are viewing a match's tree from the point that they have assigned to themselves, and not from the home person in the tree (which can occur if the DNA kit is managed by a different person). In GDAT, use the "Links Specific to the current Profile" "Go" button to reach the match's page at MyHeritage. Then scroll down to find the match's tree on the page, this usually appears below the "Shared DNA Matches" listing. Click on the match in this tree view, and then on "View in Tree". From here, you can use one of the browser extensions to gather the available tree data. If you choose to use the "View Tree" link at the top of a match page, there is the possibility that you may end up viewing the tree from a different person's position, and not your DNA Match's position in the tree.