Right now, in late summer 2018, 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.
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 9/3/18. Click Family Finder to order.
Big Savings on All DNA Tests at Family Tree DNA
There are DNA test sales on EVERYTHING ELSE at Family Tree DNA. For example, you can save $40 on a 37-marker Y-DNA test.
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 500 STR markers in addition to the revolutionary Big Y SNP test that checks the Y chromosome for thousands of mutations. You can save $150 on Big Y-500.
If you have already done a Y-DNA test, you can upgrade to additional markers or even Big Y-500 at a discount. Use the following link and log into your account to order. Click Family Tree DNA to see all the sale prices and bundles.
Their mtFull Sequence test is the only test that checks 100% of your mitochondrial DNA. Both men and women can do this test, which follows the direct maternal line. The sale price is $50 less than the regular price. Also at Family Tree DNA.
Sale ends 9/3/18.
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 9/3/18. 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.
NOTE: 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 $89
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. Living DNA is beta testing “Family Networks”—a new DNA-driven matching system and family tree reconstruction method. We will be glad we took advantage of these DNA test sales now.
Order directly from LivingDNA. Limited time discount.
23andMe Sale Has Ended
23andMe had their summer sale earlier. But even the regular prices are a bargain when you consider all that you get. 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).
Their Health + Ancestry option adds FDA-approved checks on your genetic health.
23andMe does NOT accept transfers from other tests. So we have no choice but to order this one directly.
AncestryDNA Sale Has Ended
The DNA test with the largest database, AncestryDNA, is $99. 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. Order at AncestryDNA, which does NOT accept transfers from other tests.
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