Link Your Online Tree to 23andme

A new feature at 23andMe is the ability to link your DNA test profile to a tree at any one of a number of online sites. Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org FindMyPast.com, GENI.com, MyHeritage.com, RootsWeb, and WikiTree.com are all supported. The problem is that most of those sites need a login so if your match is not logged in there, it does not work well.

WikiTree.com and RootsWeb are the two that do not need a user to be logged in to see the tree, so I recommend using one of those sites. Although MyHeritage.com, which many of us still have from the days when you got a free small tree there as a member of 23andMe, will show much of a tree without being logged in.

Where do you see this tree link?
Go to Tools > DNA relatives and click on a person. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and see something like this image. Click the ‘Visit” link to get to the tree.
How do you link your profile to your tree?
This is the tricky part. The only place I have found where you can do this is from your DNA relatives People page.

On the top line, to the right of the select box, next to filters, are the words in blue Update DNA Relatives profile as shown in the image below. Click those words. Note the red arrow was added by me, as always, in my screen shot examples.

Next scroll to the very bottom of the page and look for the words Family Tree URL, as in this image (with my usual added red arrow).

Click the tiny down arrow (indicated by my red arrow) to the right of those words to get that box to expand. Now you will see some more words like “Share your family tree with your DNA Relatives. See the list of supported family tree services.” Click the little “i” if you want to see the list.

There is a box below those words which will either be empty or have a MyHeritage URL, if you originally set up a tree there. If you wish to change it, delete that URL or double click on it. Then add or paste in the new URL for your preferred online tree. Finally click the UPDATE button.

WARNING, at least in chrome, a box comes up asking if you really want to leave this page. NO you do not want to leave until the swirling “Saving Preferences” goes away!

The pedigree view in your online tree is the most useful for people looking for shared great (great great) grandparents with you. I prefer to use WikiTree.com which has both a pretty pedigree view and a compact one.

Clicking through to my tree gets you to this page where you can easily see where we might match and where my 2nd grandparents are from if it is further back. And scrolling down that page there is a link to a compact tree which shows up to 254 ancestors with dates, places, and ahnentafel numbering. Click here for mine.

By the way, if you have not been on 23andMe for a while it will ask you questions about viewing your health reports before it lets you do anything (unless you are an ancestry only member).

I look forward to seeing more trees linked to my matches at 23andMe!

UPDATE 2 May 2017: I forgot to mention that your tree must be set to public at WIKItree for this to work. You can keep your details private while your tree is public see my recent blog post for how to do that.

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  1. I recently added Wikitree tree links for 23andme accounts and I have heard from new matches. It’s great because the inquiries were specific questions that solved some mysteries.

  2. I’ve seen posts that suggest some people don’t know how to capture the URL for a specific person in their pedigree at these sites. It might be slightly different for each of the alternative sites, but I think the generic advice would be to copy the URL in the browser address bar when the person of interest is showing (preferably in a pedigree view).

  3. It’s a shame that 23andMe doesn’t allow the link to be added for more than one (or all) of the “designated” trees. My Ancestry tree is by far the most complete, but requires a subscription, whereas at the moment I only have small trees on Wikitree and FamilySearch (and I will never have time to add all the collateral to those sites as well as maintaining my primary Ancestry tree). Although these links can be added to the Profile as a workaround, I would prefer them all to be together in the tree block.

  4. This is a great tool for people on 23andMe who have been transitioned to the “new experience” but for those of us still on the old site… it is something else to be bitter about.

  5. While WikiTree may be great for beginners, I’ve been at it a while, and my database contains over 51,000 individuals. WikiTree wont’ accept my GEDCOM, and I’ve spent too much time gathering that data to try to figure out how to create a meaningful subset.

    RootsWeb remains the superior albeit kinda 1990s-clunky genealogical hosting site.

    • 51,000 is a lot but RootMagic Essentials makes it pretty self-selecting for small subsets to be split off, and those small subsets are convenient for investing small chunks of time managing the imported individuals post-import, in my admittedly smaller gedcom import experience – that’s where the power of collaboration comes in. It’s also a friendly and flexible site with a lot of smart people and fun community collaboration, challenges and responsiveness.

    • Daiyu,
      Linking to your RootsWeb tree is fine as I say in the article but frankly I completely disagree about your statement re WIKItree.

      No need to import all 51,000 as probably some 40,000+ are already there. Remember wikitree is a collaborative tree, one copy of each profile … It is SO useful for DNA that I really recommend uploading a GEDcom of 8 generations of ancestors and putting in kit numbers there.

      Also see my comment above with a link to my article about keeping multiple trees updated.

    • Hello Daiyu,

      Much of your earlier ancestry is already in WikiTree. You simply need to connect what you have (which is not in WikiTree) to that earlier ancestry.

  6. Thanks for the serendipitous tip. Was just mulling over last night how to make more use of a cousins old 23andMe test which isn’t supported at FTDNA or dnagedcom [without windows client].

    • Vernon –
      You have to be logged into a different person to see the link to your tree at the very bottom of the page when they click on your name in DNA relatives.
      Hmmm, I really need to check on how this works with multiple family members under one login.

      • Thanks, Kitty. Now I understand. I do not have access to another account that has me as a relative, so I will just have to assume that it is working. I really enjoy your posts.

        • Thanks for the compliment Vernon!

          If you can see the new URL when you go back to that page, it is working

          You inspired me to change the URL in my two aunts who are together and I am happy to report that worked fine!

  7. Thanks Kitty! I do love WikiTree, though I am slow on the learning curve. They have added so much! I am awed by their little elves. I am always finding additional sourcing to family profiles. I like that they have automatic links to Gedmatch Tier 1. When you find DNA triangulation on Wiki to “prove” your paper trail it gives me goose bumps. Their G2G forum is amazing with the help they give. I need all the help I can get.

  8. Unfortunately the 23andMe page of DNA relatives is different (Ireland) and whilst it has an Update Profile link there is nowhere to add a link to a family tree. Perhaps you should amend your article to show that this is for US customers only (?) as us poorer European cousins don’t appear to have this facility yet.

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