Sales, Sales, and More Sales. Yep, that’s right DNA testing kits are on sale! It’s time to get kits to find long-lost relatives, find ethnicity, break down brickwalls in genealogy research, or just for the heck of it. Maybe this week is the time to get your DNA kit.
Which test is right for you? Well, let’s take a look at what’s onsale.
Ancestry has the largest database available among the DNA testing companies. Statistically a large base of potential relatives would be a good thing to start with right? $59 dollars is a bargain price to test. What your $59 will get you is a DNA kit that you complete at home by filling a tube with saliva. The saliva is then shipped to Ancestry’s processing center where your DNA will be extracted. Your 23 chromosomes will then be compared with that large database to determine relatives and ethnicity. Easy, peasey, lemon squeezey.
What doesn’t the $59 give you? Access to the genealogy information available through Ancestry or the family trees of your matches. You have to pay extra for that. Ancestry offers monthly fees for those options, which can be down right affordable. For $19.99 a month a subscription to the United States Discovery package is available. If you are on a tight budget, many libraries have Ancestry available for research. Reserve time and use the resource, plus they may have a full access package that may get you into 3-Fold (Military Records) also.
Not to be outdone, Family Tree DNA is running a sale beating Ancestry, for just $49 you can use their convenient swab test to find out your ancestry, ethnicity, and they have a chromosome browser to compare matches. No extra charges after the fact, however, they don’t have genealogy records.
In addition to DNA testing kits Family Tree offers a free upload option for existing DNA kits. If you have already tested at another company you can upload your result for free into their database. For an additional $19 you can open all of your matches and ethnicity, what a deal! If that isn’t a sure enough sell, maybe using one of their maternal or paternal testing options might be? Using deep DNA testing can help with brick walls or simply be another way to extend your research. Y-DNA or mtDNA may be just the ticket to find your country of origin or unlock the mystery surrounding your 3x Great Grandfather or Grandmother.
Choosing a DNA test can seem overwhelming on the surface, however, with just a little research the choice becomes much clearer. I didn’t have the benefit of a sale or research prior to testing. I jumped in. I tested at Ancestry and transferred to Family Tree DNA. In retrospect I should have waited for a sale then weighed my options to see which was best for me. It would have saved me money, time, and frustration.