Info on how to use GEDmatch!

GEDmatch is only for people who have already had their DNA tested through Ancestry, 123andme or other DNA sites. It does not test DNA kits for you, it only extracts the results from other DNA testing.

From Family History Fanatics on how law enforcement used dna from GEDmatch.

More than 60 cases solved from GEDmatch. And even more today after it has increased in popularity. Used to identify unidentified bodies or crimes that the FBI categorize- as a violent crime, such as murder, rape, robbery, etc.

THIS DOES NOT GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCESS TO YOUR RAW DNA DATE. IT ONLY GIVES THEM ACCESS TO SEE THAT YOU HAVE MATCHED WITH ONE OF THEIR KITS THEY HAVE UPLOADED. Don't use an alias. Takes anywhere from 7 hours to about 2 days to process. Make sure when you submit, you do nothing! Wait for it the screen to change and there will be numbers going across the screen.

How to attach a GEDcom file to your DNA: It's just a family tree. This will help people who upload from other sites like ancestry or 123andme etc to find each other easier. It also helps law enforcement narrow their search.

Here's the great thing. After all this, you do NOTHING! If you get matched with a Law Enforcement kit, they will let you know if they need more information from you! If you are wanting to use GEDmatch to find relatives, please wait the 2 days and then you will have the option to do a one-to-many search. There is a link within the site to help you with this or you can go to and search “getting started with GEDmatch”

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