AncestryDNA Vs. MyHeritage

AncestryDNA Vs. MyHeritage – Both of these companies started with software to build and maintain family trees. In the late 2010s, both companies expanded into the DNA direct-to-consumer testing market.

Ancestry and MyHeritage now both offer genealogy DNA test kits in addition to their family tree subscription services which provide research and documentation of your family history. Both companies focus mainly on recent genealogy, and neither provides mtDNA, Y-DNA, or health-related genetic testing services.

Check out the executive summary of this Ancestry vs. MyHeritage comparison here, or read the whole thing below! (we made a similar comparison for 23andMe vs Ancestry here).

Company overview and basic data


Can be used for Personal Ancestry Personal Ancestry
DNA collection Cheek Swab Saliva Collection
Number of SNPs tested 702,442 637,639
DNA sample stored Stored Indefinitely Stored Indefinitely
Availability Worldwide excluding France Israel and Poland Around 35 Countries
  • $129-$299 per month for subscription packages
  • $49 for DNA ancestry test
  • $19-$45 per month for subscription services
  • $99 for AncestryDNA test
  • $109 for AncestryDNA + Traits
Benefits and Unique Selling Points
  • Massive European database of documents
  • World’s largest connected family tree
  • See how many living relatives you may have from each region
  • Specialized for certain ethnicity like Jewish
  • Website (well) translated to multiple languages
  • Cheaper for the basic test
  • Interactive and comprehensive ancestry results
  • Massive North American database of records and documents
  • Compare ancestry origins with your family matches
Platform matching for family Yes Yes
Geographical analysis of ancestry Yes Yes
Special Features Build a family tree with thousands of individuals, using the company’s software and DNA results. Subscription service adds a number of discovery features. Compare ancestry origins between family matches. Use family tree features and research database as part of subscription package.
Number of users 1,750,000 Over 10 Million
Ownership Privately owned by Gilad Japhet The investment firm Permira
Address Or Yehuda, Israel 360 W 4800 N Provo, Utah 84604
Website Address
Editorial Score

98.2% – Winner


Read Review My Heritage Review Ancestry Review

These two companies are strikingly similar, and were born out of North American and European markets. They test and analyze much of the same genetic information, and provide the user with similar results. Ancestry seems to provide more thorough and complete results, with a slightly better user interface, but MyHeritage seems to offer a more vast database and the chance of connecting with family you never knew existed is incredible.

Our editorial presence between these two companies is towards MyHeritage but it’s a close call!

Our Winner 🏆

Our Runner-Up

Company backgrounds for Ancestry and MyHeritage

 Ancestry and MyHeritage have very similar roots. However, their markets have generally been separated. Ancestry has a complicated company history of providing genealogy research resources, dating back to their first magazines and floppy discs on the subject. Based out of Utah, the company has a very large base of users in the United States and North America in general.

MyHeritage started in 2003 by a software programmer, Gilad Japhet. The company provided software for creating family trees, much like Ancestry. However, MyHeritage is based out of Israel and the majority of their customers are European.

In 2012, Ancestry offered its first genetic testing kit. MyHeritage followed suit in 2016. Both companies now service a wide variety of regions and languages. However, since a majority of their customers were from pre-established markets, their genetic databases largely reflect this. AncestryDNA claims over 10 million users, while MyHeritage claims to hold enough data to create a family tree of 13 million people. Both companies have an even larger database of family tree information, available through a subscription service.

Winner - company background / reputation:

Draw! As each company gains a more world-wide distribution, the differences in their customer base will be reduced. Ancestry has been around slightly longer, but MyHeritage boasts powerful software and an incredible user-base.

Ancestry vs MyHeritage Offerings


 AncestryDNA offers a look into your relatively recent ancestral past. For reasons they explain on their support site, Ancestry only looks at autosomal DNA. This gives a good look at your more recent ancestors. The tests compare your DNA with that of around 43 reference populations from around the world. With this data and data from their tens of millions of family tree users, the company can estimate your relatedness to various global populations.

An interesting feature of the service is the ability to track and learn more about potential migrations your family may have been a part of. Ancestry shows these potential migrations and provides some background on why these migrations took place. The platform also has a family matching service, which can predict how closely related you are to other users of their platform. This service allows willing participants to contact each other to further explore their family heritage.

The Ancestry DNA kit is typically $99, and the company has various subscription services available for building and exploring your family tree.


MyHeritage also offers a DNA test kit for exploring your genetic ancestry. Like Ancestry, their kit analyzes your relatedness to 42 different global populations. Their platform also provides interactive maps for exploring your family’s history. One feature even estimates how many of their users from each region are related to you, showing on a global map where these living relatives are located. The service also allows you to match to known relatives and contact them if you both consent. Unlike Ancestry, the service does not seem to analyze possible mass migrations your family was a part of.

Winner - level of offering:

Ancestry takes a small advantage in this category, simply for analyzing and supporting research about how your family may have migrated. Both companies boast a large database of users, resources, and tools for analyzing who you are related to. Unfortunately, both companies focus on autosomal DNA and miss the deep ancestry provided by mtDNA and Y-DNA.

Compare AncestryDNA and MyHeritage Results

When it comes to the results you receive, both companies provide an online platform detailing the results of your test. Both companies have interactive maps, allowing you to explore various regions. Ancestry has a slight advantage here as well because their maps are supposedly easier to use and understand. Further, Ancestry provides information about how your family may be connected to mass migrations. This information, tied into their vast research library, could provide real and complete evidence about your family history.

Winner - level of results:

And another tie. MyHeritage and Ancestry offer incredibly similar tests. Both tests are comparing to around 40 reference populations, though they likely have differences based on how many individuals are in each reference population and which individuals were tested. Users do claim that AncestryDNA’s results are highly understandable and provide very comprehensive information, while MyHeritage excels in family matching.

Will your data be shared?

Both companies claim that your data will never be sold to third-party business, but will be used for research and product development. MyHeritage has a clause in their Privacy Policy which gives them the license to basically use your sample any way they choose. Ancestry did not seem to have this blanket clause present in their Privacy Statement, though the user does agree to allow them to research and use the information.

Winner - data protection:

Draw! Again! Both companies will use your data to improve their services and research genealogy. MyHeritage phrases it in worse terms, but Ancestry basically has equal privileges over your data. The good news is both companies allow you to delete your data upon request.

Media coverage and user opinions

Both companies have had their fair share of media coverage, both good and bad. MyHeritage suffered some bad publicity in 2017 when the company was hacked. Nearly all 100 million users had to change their passwords, but it seems no private data was exposed. Ancestry has taken heat for providing seemingly inaccurate results to some users, but in general has mostly positive coverage.

In terms of reviews, Ancestry fairs slightly worse than MyHeritage. On Amazon, Ancestry has over 4000 reviews with 4 of 5 stars. MyHeritage has less than 1000 reviews on Amazon, with an average of 3.6 stars. However, Trustpilot gives MyHeritage 4 of 5 stars with over 2,500 reviews. Users who reviewed Ancestry on Trustpilot give the service only 2 stars with over 4,304. This number seems skewed, however, as 73% of people give the service 5 stars.

Winner - media coverage and user opinions:

MyHeritage! Both companies have some bad press, some good. While Ancestry is slightly behind MyHeritage in terms of user reviews, this may be simply because of Trustpilot’s review policies, but until we clear that seems like My Heritage has the upper hand.

Conclusion: Ancestry vs. MyHeritage

Anyone looking to use one of these services is interested mostly in their genealogy and family history. Though Ancestry does offer a side package that discusses traits, both companies mainly focus on your relatively recent historical past. Both companies also offer access to a wide variety of non-DNA resources and family tree software to build and explore your history. Both companies also provide a means for finding and contacting genetic relatives.

The between the companies comes in two forms. First, Ancestry provides contextual information around your family history. This can be events, migrations, or even famous historical figures that you may be related to. This information can be extremely helpful in crafting a family tree. Second, Ancestry provides slightly more interactive and understandable results.


Winner: Though both companies have a number of similarities, Ancestry has some more interactive results and details about potential migration routes your family may have used, while MyHeritage simply has a larger database and we felt can contribute more towards ancestry researches. 

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One important piece of information I was looking for wasn’t addressed in this otherwise helpful comparison. How can one import and export information to share with family members who are part of the other service? Is this possible? Easy to do? What about importing from other family tree software programs, and other DNA services?