Right now there are DNA test sales on several of my recommended DNA tests. DNA test sales make this is a great time to test anyone. All of these home test kits have a very long shelf life--at least a year or two. So stock up now.
AncestryDNA is Just $69
The DNA test with the largest database, AncestryDNA, is now just $69. 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. Order at AncestryDNA. Sale ends 6/18/18.
23andMe is cutting prices by 30% through 6/17/18
The Ancestry-only test drops from $99 to $69 and the Health + Ancestry test drops from $199 to $139. Price includes free gift wrap. Many experts say 23andMe is the best choice for measuring ethnicity. Plus, it has the second largest DNA database for finding genetic relatives.
23andMe also checks enough mitochondrial DNA and (for men) Y-DNA to determine your haplogroup(s). These are excellent prices for the value received.
23andMe does NOT accept transfers from other tests. So order now at 23andMe.
Family Finder is Just $59 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. Sale ends 6/18/18. Click Family Tree DNA to order.
Big Savings on Y-DNA Tests at Family Tree DNA
Nearly everything Y DNA is sale-priced at Family Tree DNA. Y-DNA testing can reveal a lot about a man's direct paternal line. Matches are specific to that line and can reach much farther back in time than autosomal testing. Adoptees and other men can often learn the last name of their biological father.
Men can do STR tests at 37, 67 or 111 markers, or the Big Y-500 which includes all 111 markers in addition to the revolutionary Big Y test that checks the entire Y chromosome for unique mutations. These DNA test sales include upgrades, which you order from within your account at FTDNA. Sale ends 6/18/18. Click Family Tree DNA to order.
MyHeritage DNA Test is Sale-Priced at $59
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 sale ends 6/17/18. Order directly from MyHeritage.
TIP: What's even cheaper than DNA test sales? 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. We will be glad we took advantage of these DNA test sales now.
Since the regular price of a Living DNA test is $159, this is probably the lowest price we will see on this test. Order directly from LivingDNA. Sale ends 6/18/18.
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