You can add your DNA matches to your personal family tree with the myFamilyTree tool from FamilyTreeDNA.  Whether or not you are just starting to build your tree or already have a GEDCOM file uploaded into your kit, this feature is designed to enrich the total genealogical experience.

How to access your myFamilyTree

You can access your myFamilyTree from your dashboard or from your navigation bar.

To access from your dashboard:

  1. Sign in to your kit.
  2. On your dashboard, locate the myFamilyTree widget.
  3. On the myFamilyTree widget, click the myFamilyTree button.


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To access from your navigation bar:

  1. Sign in to your kit. Your navigation bar is located at the top of your FamilyTreeDNA pages.
  2. On the navigation bar, click the myTree link.

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Family View and Pedigree View 

Family View versus Pedigree View

The Family View displays all of the people you have added to your tree including siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., and the Pedigree View displays you and your direct line of ancestors, i.e., your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc.

How to Switch between the Family View and the Pedigree View

To switch between the Family View and the Pedigree View:

In the upper-left corner of your myFamilyTree page, click on the Family View or the Pedigree View. The selected view is highlighted gray.

How to Build Your Family Tree

Adding Relationships

Starting Your Tree (Adding Immediate Relationships) 

To add an immediate relationship (spouse, parent, sibling, child):

  1. Click on your representation on the tree. Your profile card is displayed.
  2. On your profile card, in the upper-right corner, click the hamburger menu (hamburger menu) button (three verticle lines).
  3. On the menu, select Add Relationship. A relationship tree is displayed.
  4. Click the relationship of the person for whom you want to add, e.g., select Daughter if you want to add your daughter.
    The profile card for the family member you are adding is displayed.
  5. Fill in the details that you want to add for that person.
  6. Click Save. That person is now displayed on your tree.

Note: When building your tree, you do not have to enter a name or any other information for a relationship that you add.

Building Branches (Adding Distant Relationships)

To add distant relationships (aunts/uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.), you must first add the immediate family member who is associated with the distant family member. For example:

  • If you want to add your sister’s son as your nephew, you must first add your sister to your tree.
  • If you want to add your dad’s sister as your aunt, you must first add your dad to your tree.
  • If you want to add your mom’s brother’s son, you must first add your mom and then her brother (your uncle) to your tree.

To add distant relationships: 

  1. Click on the person who is associated with the family member you want to add. For example, if you want to add your sister’s son, you would click your sister’s representation.
  2. On that person’s profile card, in the upper-right corner, click the hamburger menu (hamburger menu) button (three verticle lines).
  3. On the menu, select Add Relationship. A relationship tree is displayed.
  4. Click the relationship that your two family members have. For example, if you want to add your sister’s son, click Add Son.
    The profile card for the family member you are adding is displayed.
  5. Fill in the details that you want to add for that person.
  6. Click Save. That person is now displayed on your tree.

Note: When building your tree, you do not have to enter a name or any other information for a relationship. You can add, for example, your dad’s brother (your uncle) to your tree and leave his profile card blank. As long as that relationship is added, you will be able to build your uncle’s branch of the tree.

Removing Relationships

It is important to note that when you remove a relationship, you remove that person and everyone on their branch. For example:

Example 1

Your sister and her son are on your tree.

  • This is your sister’s branch, and the branch consists of your sister and her son.
    • When you remove your sister, her son is also removed.

In this situation, if you were to select your sister’s son and remove him, only the son would be removed and not your sister.

Example 2

Your dad’s sister, her husband, and two daughters are on your tree.

There are two branches here:

  • Branch 1: Your dad’s branch, which consists of your dad, your dad’s sister, her husband, and her two daughters.
    • When you select to remove your dad, your dad’s sister, her husband, and her two daughters are also removed.
  • Branch 2: Your dad’s sister’s branch, which consists of your dad’s sister, her husband, and her two daughters.
    • When you select to remove your dad’s sister, she, her husband, and her two daughters are also removed, but your father remains on the tree.

Removing a Relationship

Warning: Once you remove a relationship/branch it cannot be undone.

To remove a relationship:

  1. Click on the person you wish to remove. Their profile card is displayed.
  2. On that person’s profile card, in the upper-right corner, click the hamburger menu (hamburger menu) button (three verticle lines).
  3. On the menu, select Remove Relationship. You are prompted that you are removing that person and everyone on their branch if there is anyone on their branch.
  4. Click Remove to remove that person and their branch if there is one.
Linking Matches

When you link a match to your family tree:

  • The person’s profile image indicates which FamilyTreeDNA test(s) they have completed.
  • The person’s profile card displays their mtDNA haplogroup and/or Y-DNA haplogroup if they have taken an mtDNA and/or Y-DNA test.
  • The person’s profile card displays their Shared Origins if they have taken the Family Finder test and have opted in to Origins Sharing.
  • If the match’s relation to you is in the range of parent to 3rd cousin and you both have taken the Family Finder test, the Family Finder – Family Matching feature is activated. For more information on this feature, click here see the Family Finder – Family Matching Feature topic.

To link a match:

  1. In the upper-right corner of your family tree, click on Matches. The DNA Matches menu is displayed.
  2. Search or scroll for the person whom you want to link to your tree.
  3. Click and drag the selected match to the person with whom they have a direct relationship (you, your mother or father, sibling, spouse, etc.).
  4. On the Link/Add Relationship window, select the relationship of the match you are linking.
    Once the match is successfully linked, the person’s profile image will indicate which FamilyTreeDNA test(s) have been completed.
Unlinking Matches

To unlink a match:

  1. Click on the person you wish to unlink. Their profile card is displayed.
  2. On that person’s profile card, in the upper-right corner, click the hamburger menu (hamburger menu) button (three verticle lines).
  3. On the menu, select Unlink Node. You are prompted that you are unlinking that person.
  4. Click Unlink. The person and their information are unlinked from your tree.

Tree Management

Tree Management Page

The Tree Management page allows you to add information about your tree, download, export, and upload a GEDCOM, view and change the Home Person,

On the Tree Management page, you can:

  • Download, export, and upload a GEDCOM.
  • Add/edit information about your tree.
  • Delete your tree.
  • View your linked matches.

To navigate to your Tree Management page, click the Tree Management button in the upper-left corner of your myFamilyTree page.

Tree Information

In the Tree Information section, you can name your tree and enter a brief description of your tree.

To add/edit information to the Tree Name and Tree Description fields, select the pen () icon to the right of the corresponding field.

Delete Tree

In the Delete Tree section, you can delete your family tree. When you choose to delete your tree,  all people, photos, notes, linked relationships, etc. in your tree are deleted permanently.

Warning: Once you delete your tree, it cannot be undone.

To delete your family tree, click the Delete Tree link in the Delete Tree section. When prompted, click the Delete button.

Linked Matches

The Linked Matches section displays the matches that you have linked on your tree.

In this section you can:

  • View your linked match’s profile by clicking their name.
  • Send them an email by clicking the envelope () icon if you have Outlook or a similar application set up for emails.
  • Add a note about your linked match by clicking on the note ( ) icon.

myFamilyTree Features

Add/Edit a Family Member's Profile on Your Tree

To add or edit a family member’s profile:

  1. Click on the family member on the tree. Their profile card is displayed.
  2. On that person’s profile card, in the upper-right corner, click the hamburger menu (hamburger menu) button (three verticle lines).
  3. Click Edit Profile from the menu options. The edit version of the profile card is displayed.
  4. Add or edit information.
  5. Click Save.
Share Your Tree

 To share your tree: 

  1. In the upper-right corner of your myFamilyTree page, click the Share Tree button.
  2. On the Share window, click the Copy Link button.
  3. Click Close.
  4. The link has been added to your clipboard.
Search for a Family Member on Your Tree

To search for a family member on your tree:

  1. In the upper-right corner of your  myFamilyTree page, enter the name or location associated with that family member in the Search field.
  2. Press Enter on your keyboard. The Search list displays all of your family members who have a like name or location (depending on which you entered).
  3. In the Search list, click on the family member’s name to center that person on your tree view.
Tree Map

The Tree Map button is located at the lower-left corner of your myFamilyTree page. The Tree Map displays a mini map of your tree. You can click on an area of the Tree Map to quickly navigate to that area on your actual tree. 

Show/Hide Tree Details

The Details Show/Hide toggle is located at the lower-left corner of your myFamilyTree page. You can toggle this button to show or hide family members’ details on your tree.

When you select to show details, birth and death locations are displayed when entered for your family members.

Tree Reset

The Reset Tree View button is located on the lower-left corner of your myFamilyTree page.

Once you have selected to view a family member’s tree branch, you can use the Reset Tree View button to reset the view back to your tree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get back to my dashboard?

To navigate back to your dashboard, click the myFTDNA link in the upper-left corner of your myFamilyTree.

What is the Home Person?

The Home Person is the person with whom the tree started. Normally this is you or the owner of the kit for which you are creating the tree.

How do I add a half sibling to my tree?

To add a half sibling:

  1.  Add both of your biological parents to your family tree.*
    Example: Joe Jones and Jane Smith are the biological parents of Mary.

  1.  Add the spouse relationship to your biological parent who is also the biological parent of your half sibling.
    Example: Linda Jones is added to Mary’s biological father Joe.

  1. Then add your half sibling by adding a child (son or daughter) relationship to the parent that you and your half sibling do not share. This will link your half sibling to both of their parents.
    Important: Make sure to add your half sibling to the parent that you and your half sibling do not share, not to the biological parent that you share.
    Example: Mary’s half sister Lisa is added to her mother Linda, which links her to her father Joe also.

*For information on how to add a relationship (spouse, sibling, etc.), please see the above Adding Relationships topic in the How to Build Your Family Tree section.

Why can’t I delete a relationship without deleting everyone on their branch?

If you have entries all tied to one person on your tree and no one else, then deleting that person will break the link that connects all of those entries to the tree. When deleting a relationship, you will receive a warning message if any additional entries will be deleted with them.

Does the system compare my tree to my match’s tree to come up with link suggestions?

No, link suggestions are based on your matches’ names only. The Soundex system will identify matching or similar sounding names between the entries in your tree and your matches’ names and alert you to any possible links to investigate.

Why can’t I link my family member’s profile to my tree?

You can only link your genetic matches from the tests that you have taken to your tree. If your relative took another type of test, then they are not in your matches list and cannot be linked.

How do I control who sees my tree?

You can control who sees your tree in your Privacy & Sharing Account Settings. For more information, click here.

How do I add, change, and remove a family member's profile photo on my tree?

To add or change a family member’s photo:

  1. Click on the family member on the tree. Their profile card is displayed.
  2. On that person’s profile card, in the upper-right corner, click the hamburger menu (hamburger menu) button (three verticle lines).
  3. Click Edit Profile from the menu options. The edit version of the profile card is displayed.
  4. In the upper-corner of the profile card, click on the camera icon.
  5. You are then able to add a photo and remove a photo. To change a photo, you can just upload the new photo or drag and drop it.
  6. Click Save.