Welcome to the DNAGedcom Client


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The DNAGedcom Client (“DGC”) is a new Windows and Mac application that runs on a user’s machine. It will import AncestryDNA data into a Matches csv file and an Ancestors of Matches csv file.  In addition, the Windows

The Windows version also includes the capability to download 23andMe data as well as the new Shared Matches (ICW) from Ancestry.

A Mac version can be downloaded here: http://www.dnagedcom.com/app/DNAGedcom.app.zip.  The 23andMe and ICW features will be added to the Mac version in the near future.

FTDNA and other capabilities will be added in the future.

In order to give our users the best and easiest service we can provide, this client app will be available by subscription only. Monthly rates to become a subscriber is $5.00. The annual rate is $50, a 17% discount over the monthly rate.  The subscription helps to support the other features on DNAGedcom.  


To install the DNAGedcom Client, login to DNAGedcom.com. Go to the Members tab and in the drop down menu, click on Subscriber Information.

You will be taken to a page to the subscriber page, where you can add a subscription. You can make your payment through PayPal for a recurring $5.00 per month or an annual subscription for $50.

After doing your subscription, it can take up to 30 minutes for the subscription to be processed. Once it is processed, you will see a link to the DNAGedcom Client tool as shown above. Follow this link to http://www.dnagedcom.com/app/publish.htm.

If you are sure you already have Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or greater installed, you can click on the Launch link to launch the application, otherwise, click “install”. After clicking on “Install”, a setup.exe file will be downloaded to your computer. You may get a warning, please accept/keep the download. Save to a folder you will remember, then click on the setup.exe file to install the app. Again, you may get a warning, please allow the installation file to run.

After installing, you will be able to run the program from your start menu under DNAGedcom / DNAGedcom

 Using the DNAGedcom Client

After selecting DNAGedcom Client from your start menu, a small box will come up verifying the application. It may also ask you to confirm an update. When it opens the first time, you will be asked for your DNAGedcom log in and password to verify your subscription. An incorrect DNAGedcom username or password will cause the program to end.  After verifying your subscription, you will be taken to the main page where you will see two selections: “Options” and “Ancestry”. Select “Options” to choose a folder location where to download the output files. Then “Save”. Use the little back arrow in the upper left to go back to the main page. Then select “Ancestry”.

Enter the username and password for your Ancestry account, then click “Logon”.

Once you are logged in, the profile drop-down box will show the DNA tests you have in your account. Choose the test you want to download.

Then Click “Gather Matches”. The progress bar will then show you when that is complete. The “Cancel” tab will also gray out when it is complete. Next click “Gather Trees”. Again the progress bar will proceed. This portion will take much longer than gathering the matches and also depends on the number of matches as well as trees in the DNA account. The tree gathering for an AncestryDNA account with 2,767 matches took just about a half-hour to complete getting the trees.

Once all the data has been downloaded, go to the folder you set under “Options”. The files will be named something like m_ProfileName.csv (“m” file is Matches file) and a_ ProfileName.csv (“a” file is Ancestors of Matches file).


Open the matches file and you will see something none of have seen before based on Ancestry’s decision not to release any chromosome browser information. Column H contains “sharedCM” amounts!

We are not sure how Ancestry is going to react to this, so for now we are not advertising it. And at least for the time being, we suggest you download all and any of your AncestryDNA accounts.

What can I do with these files?

See the documentation for GWorks, a Gedcom Comparison Utility, produced by DNAGedcom.com for additional information how to work with these files. See: http://bit.ly/1J51bGI


Please send an email to GSupport@dnagedcom.com if none of the instructions above answer your question.

Thanks for using DNAGedcom!


8 comments on “Welcome to the DNAGedcom Client

  1. This is a fantastic utility and has been immensely helpful in cracking the brick wall. The wall will come down when I have enough time to sort through all of the information this utility has given me! I so very highly recommend it and am more than happy to pay for it! It also uses much less of my internet allowance than another similar utility.

  2. Thanks for this new program. I’ve not downloaded yet but I want to demo it at my DNA Interest Group next week. One question I anticipate is “How do you know if you have .NET Framework 4.5 on your computer?”. I don’t see any instructions to figure that out. If you hit ‘launch’ will the program inform you if you don’t? Thank you, Debra

    • I’d recommend running the Setup and having it install the very first time. This will set up anything missing. You can certainly try just running the Launch and if it fails you can then fall back to the Setup step.

      You generally would find the .Net 4.5 in your Windows update List. It will probably be under the optional items to install, depending on your version of Windows. But the simplest is to just use Setup the first time. After that, the application will auto update.

  3. I’ve not tried installing this as I have it says you need Windows 7 or later and I have Vista which I think is an earlier version of Windows, Are there any plans to produce a version which will work with Vista? I am not planning on replacing my laptop in the near future, but obviously if I am in a minority then I can appreciate why there won’t be a version for Vista.

    • I have seen several people successfully install with Vista. I know it does not work with XP, but haven’t heard anyone have any problems with Vista. So feel free to try and it should work.

  4. It works! Be prepared to see lower cM totals than you would expect, as Ancestry leaves out some segments they feel are IBS / pile-ups / noise.

    This tool is also useful for helping to ID GEDmatch users that uploaded from Ancestry.


  5. I’ve followed the directions but all the files in the folder have an .dgdb extension and no name. example: 225D3451-264C-4679-B55C-F76041BA372B.dgdb

    What did I do wrong?


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