How to download your data

Before you download your data, you should understand what is in it, and what you are agreeing to share. If you are happy with this...

  1. Log into your account at Family Tree DNA.
  2. Go to your BigY results page...
  3. Click on the button labelled "Download raw data"...
  4. In the pop-up window, read the agreement, then click the link to download the VCF data...
  5. This will download a ZIP file containing three files: variants.vcf, regions.bed and a "readme" text file.
  6. Congratulations, you have your raw data!

Mac users: your data may be automatically unzipped by your system. If you can, please zip it up again before sending it. Otherwise, make sure to include both variants.vcf and regions.bed in your upload. Please ensure you quote your surname and kit number when doing so.

How to upload your data

We now have a central repository which accepts all haplogroup R data. You should upload your ZIP files here, regardless of the project you are in.

  • If you cannot do this for whatever reason, please send your files to one of your project administrators, with explicit permission for them to place your files on this archive. Note, if the files do not appear on the archive, I will not see them. Project administrators' e-mails can be found on the left-hand panel of their respective project pages, e.g.: