Several of my recommended DNA tests are sale priced right now. The occasion is DNA Day, officially April 25, which celebrates the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.
The DNA test with the largest database, AncestryDNA, has been reduced from $99 to just $59. In addition to the heavily advertised ethnicity breakdown, you will discover hundreds or even thousands of genetic relatives who could be related to you from any branch of your family tree. Once you get your results, you can download your raw data and transfer it for free into three other major databases to get many more matches.
Both men and women can test. If you have tested before, this is a good time to get extra test kits for other family members. All these home test kits have a very long shelf life. Sale ends 4/29/18.
Family Finder is Just $49 at Family Tree DNA
My favorite DNA test is Family Finder. It has the most tools for working with your DNA matches. I get all of my tested family members into that database. Family Tree DNA uses cheek swabs instead of having you spit saliva into a tube. This is much easier for the very young, the very old, and anyone who is just grossed out by the idea of filling a test tube full of spit.
By testing directly instead of transferring data from another test, you get the maximum number of matches and they will attempt to save samples for 25 years. Getting your older relatives tested there is a must in my opinion.
Big Savings on Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests at Family Tree DNA
Family Tree DNA offers many other test types beside the Family Finder autosomal DNA test. During the DNA Day sale, you can save $30 on a 37-marker Y-DNA test for men (now just $139). Save $50 on the only test that checks 100% of your mitochondrial DNA (now just $149).
Several bundles of multiple tests are on sale too. See the table below. Sale prices end on 4/28/18. Click Family Tree DNA to order.
MyHeritage DNA Test is Sale-Priced at $69
MyHeritage has made several critical improvements to its DNA testing in the past few months and the database is growing rapidly. They use cheek swabs for collecting your sample. This DNA Day sale ends 4/25/18. Use this link: http://bit.ly/MyHeritageDNA
NOTE: If you are an adoptee or part of a family that gave up a child for adoption, you can apply for one of 15,000 Free DNA tests they are giving away through a program called DNA Quest. The application deadline is 4/30/18.TIP: If you have already done AncestryDNA, Family Finder, or 23andMe, you can upload your raw data for free at http://bit.ly/MyHeritageUpload.
Recent 23andMe tests (since August 2017) are Version 5. That data can be uploaded but will not be processed until MyHeritage figures out how to work with the very different data set.
Living DNA Test on Sale for $79
A fascinating new test is Living DNA. It already provides a breakdown of your overall ethnic ancestry AND identifies the haplogroups of your maternal and (for men) paternal ancestry. The ethnicity report does a nice job of breaking U.K. ancestry into 21 sub-regions.
They are currently doing sub-regional research in Ireland and Germany. Those of us with Irish or German ancestry will see even more refined ethnicity breakdowns in the future. In the next few months, we will get the opportunity to compare our DNA with that of others in the database to see genetic relatives.
At RootsTech Living DNA previewed “Family Networks”—a new DNA-driven matching system and family tree reconstruction method that I'm anxious to see.
Since the regular price of a Living DNA test is $159, this is probably the lowest price we will see on this test. Sale ends 4/25/18.
30% Off 23andMe Tests
The last of my recommended companies to announce a DNA Day sale is 23andMe They are cutting prices by 30% through 4/25/18. The Ancestry-only test drops from $99 to $69 and the Health + Ancestry test drops from $199 to $139. These are excellent prices for the value received.
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