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If I currently manage DNA tests for relatives in my own account, will those relatives have to create new accounts? DNA tests registered before July 18 will not be affected.
You can continue to manage them in your own account, although I encourage you to reassure your relatives that you will give them control over their results whenever they like.
If I register a test in my account now, can I change the name and birth year later if that person decides not to take the test and I give it to someone else? I just bought several tests in advance of a family reunion next month.
My relatives expect me to manage the results for them, but I won’t see them until after the changes take effect. The best course of action would be set aside some time to help your relatives register new accounts for themselves, then show them how to grant you a level of access that they’re comfortable with.
Will people have to pay for an subscription to take a DNA test? You can use a free account to register a DNA test, the same as at any of the other DNA testing companies.
After July 18, you will only be able to invite that person to be the manager, although Ancestry may be working to implement a full transfer of ownership.
The new registration process at Ancestry requires a name and unique email address.
You cannot use the same email address associated with an existing account.
On 13 July, Ancestry DNA‘s official blog announced pending changes to how DNA tests are registered and managed in their system as of 18 July. As with their earlier trial of this system back in February (which I wrote about here), the new system has caused a lot of consternation, confusion, and misinformation to be spread.
(Note: I earn a small commission if you purchase through the links in this post. Click here for more information.) Previously, one could buy multiple tests for relatives and register them all within a single customer account at Ancestry, meaning that the account holder had full control over the DNA data of other people.