Re: New Big-Y files needed

Jared Smith

Hi all! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all
the best in this new year!

I'm still in need of quite a few new Build 38 files to update my
analysis. I've received Raw Data files for the following:
- J Hartley
- C Hays
- Bennett

I know there were some difficulties with the file size of the Raw Data
file, which is the critical one for my analysis. Fortunately, I've
discovered a much easier way to get the Raw Data file that doesn't
involve you downloading it at all:

1. Log in to
2. Go to (or click MyFTDNA...
Big-Y... Matches)
3. Select the "Download Raw Data" button near the top right of the screen.
4. Right-click on the green "Download VCF" (NOT "Download BAM") button
at the bottom of the screen, and select "Copy Link Address". This menu
options might also be called "Copy Link Location" or similar,
depending on the browser you're using.
5. Reply to this message (or a private e-mail just to me, if you
prefer) and paste (Control or Command + V) in the long web site
address, then send to me.

It would be very helpful for our project if you could send this to me.

I also strongly encourage you to share your Raw Data file to the new
Y-DNA Data Warehouse. This will allow other researchers to analyze the
data to help build our tree. Instructions are at You use the same copied Link
Address as above, so it's very easy to submit.



On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 1:39 PM, Joel Hartley <> wrote:
Hi James,

I guess I’m underutilizing this:!AgUuC5wLrF2Ogy40BVWOsivXYYgD

Hope you get it (and that it is the right file).


From: [] On Behalf Of James Bennett
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2017 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Z16357] New Big-Y files needed


If by "Microsoft Cloud" you mean "One Drive", I believe if you store the
file on your local OneDrive folder, you can "right-click" the file and chose
"Share a OneDrive link". That will but a link in your clipboard that you
can paste into the e-mail.



On Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 5:59 PM, Joel Hartley <> wrote:

Yes, still no luck with the VCF. Any suggestions? I have used the Cloud
through Microsoft, but only on a limited basis and am not very familiar with
it. I also have my own website, but not sure how to share files with you.


From: [] On Behalf Of Jared Smith
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:44 PM
Subject: [Z16357] New Big-Y files needed

Hello fellow Z16357 cousins! Things have been relatively quiet around here -
no new matches in quite some time. Now's a great time to recruit those STR
matches of ours = Big-Y is on sale for $475.

For Big-Y customers, you've probably seen that FTDNA has made notable
updates to their Big-Y tools. There are some nice improvements (though still
some issues they are working through).

FTDNA has also moved to a new Y-DNA reference - hg19 to hg38. At it's most
basic level, this is an adjustment of the numeric values that are used to
represent different 'markers' on the Y-chromosome. Z16357, for example, is a
G to T allele change at position 22,512,912 when using the older hg19
reference, but it's G to T at position 20,351,026 using the hg38 reference.
So all of the SNP and variant numbering at
will need to be updated. The new reference provides us some opportunity to
find new shared or novel variants.

To update my research and reference numbers, I need your updated FTDNA
Results and VCF files.

Please take a few moments to download and e-mail them to me. This will be
incredibly helpful to our research.

1. Log in to FTDNA.

2. Go to

3. Click "Export Results" at the top right and save the .csv file

4. Click "Download Raw Data" at the top right.

5. Click "Download VCF" at the bottom and save the .zip file.

6. Attach both the .csv and .zip files to a new e-mail and send to me
off-list -

Once I have everyone's updated results, I'll analyze them, update the web
site, and let you know if I find anything interesting.


Jared Smith

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