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  • National DNA Day is 4/25 and companies like 23andMe may also offer specials to commemorate the day.
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AncestryDNA Official via Amazon is having a DNA Day Sale and offers their AncestryDNA Test Kit for $79. Shipping is free. Thanks jevoyager & lostime [discuss]

Note: The AncestryDNA test uses microarray-based autosomal DNA testing to discover your family history. Click here for FAQ. Offer valid until Wed, Apr. 26th at 11:59pm ET.

Steps:
  • Order your complete kit with easy-to-follow instructions
  • Return a small saliva sample in the prepaid envelope
  • Your DNA will be analyzed at more than 700,000 genetic markers
  • Within 6-8 weeks, expect an email with a link to your online results

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National DNA Day is April 25th, and several sites are having sales already. I'll try to update as I can. I'll add I'm sorta new to DNA genealogy so I may just have to point you to other websites for more info if you have questions (and please feel free to correct me if I post any incorrect info or you have better info).

So for the big 3 dna providers:

Family Tree DNA [familytreedna.com] has their Family Finder for $59 (usually $79), Y DNA at $129-289 (usually $169-359), and the full sequence mtDNA is $149 (they have a more basic version for $79 but that's the regular price, it's not marked down). Note they charge $12.95 for shipping, so the final cost for the $59 kit is $72.

Ancestry [ancestry.com] is supposed to have a sale that ends April 26th - now live. Price is supposed to be $79 (usually $99) for the autosomal DNA. Looks like there is a sale for Canada [ancestry.ca] (live - ends Apr 25) andUK [ancestry.co.uk](doesn't start until Apr 23, ends Apr 26) as well.

23andMe [23andme.com] is offering $20 off a kit through May 14th. Good only for 2 kits.

Those are the 3 main reputable companies. There's a few others that I believe are newer and may not be as established yet, and I'm not terribly familiar with, so I would recommend doing your research on them before ordering. Personally I'd go with one of the 'big 3' but that's entirely up to you.

Living DNA [livingdna.com] is a pretty new UK based dna testing site, but has a US testing facility so you can order from them if you're in the US too. Sale is live, $119 (regularly $159) - UK test on sale too. They differ in that they include mtdna and Ydna in the test (other sites those cost extra). Note they do not let you download your DNA data to use on other sites. Reviews seem mixed, and while tempting with the 3 tests for the low price, personally I'm holding off until they're more established.

MyHeritage [myheritage.com] DNA is not having a sale on just the DNA test, which is $79. However they're offering a bundle that includes a DNA test and genealogical record access for $199 (regularly $329). While their DNA testing is newer, the company has been around awhile, and seems like more people are interested in using their DNA service. Reviews seem mixed, so again, may want to hold off ordering from them.

National Geographic Genographic Project [nationalgeographic.com] is $149 (down from $199 - has been marked down for awhile so not exactly a part of the DNA day sales). Includes mtDNA and Ydna. I don't know a lot about their test, so I have no input on this one. I'd read through their website and look at reviews to figure out if this test is for you.


Quick note about the tests. There are 3 types of testing, autosomal, mtDNA and Ydna. The autosomal is ususally the basic/cheapest kits offered, and tests DNA inherited from your parents. They use this to do the ethnicity mapping charts you often see promoted. It can also be used to potentially match relatives in their database of testers (note each company has their own database - they don't share data with each other).

mtDNA traces the mother's lineage, past down from mother to children, and can be taken by both men and women. Ydna traces the father's lineage, past down from father to son, so it's only available for men.

There is also a difference in how the samples are collected you may want to consider. FTDNA and LivingDNA do mouth swabs, the others (Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage) collect saliva in a tube. If you have a family member who may have trouble doing a saliva test (e.g. due to medical condition) then consider using a test kit that does the swabs.


A few other tidbits:
FTDNA also lets you upload your DNA data from other testing sites for a price ($19 I believe), so a popular option seems to be to test with Ancestry or 23andMe, then load your info to FTDNA. Read their FAQ [familytreedna.com] if you're interested in this as there are some restrictions.

Also FTDNA will let you upgrade to the other tests later on, so you can start with the basic kit, then order a mtDNA test later if you want - theoretically with the same sample already submitted (their website states they will contact you for a new sample if there is a problem with the original).

Regardless of the company you use, please consider uploading your raw DNA data to GEDmatch [gedmatch.com], which is a free open database. Each company has their own database, and this is a way for people taking tests from all the companies to share information and look for potential relatives regardless of who you tested with. There are a few other free database sites like this online, but this is the most well known so far.

ETA: Realize these tests usually take 2-3 months to get back results. A lot of it depends on their backlog of tests to run, and sales like these often increase the lead time a bit. (i.e. don't send in your results expecting to hear back in 2-3 weeks). If you are concerned about this you can check online FB posts/other forums specific to the company and get a sense how long it's taking people to get results back; or contact the companies customer service and ask.

ETA2:From splek: "Transferring to FTdna and reviewing matches is FREE. If you want their interpretation of your origin and access to the chromosome browser, then you have to pay the extra $19." Thanks for the clarification!
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AncestryDNA and 23andme WILL KEEP your DNA and SELL your DNA (in non-identifiable aggregate form) to make money. Do not use them if this bothers you.

From the AncestryDNA Terms:
"By submitting DNA samples to AncestryDNA, you give permission to AncestryDNA to...store the samples for additional genetic testing and archiving purposes"

"Any DNA sample submitted to us cannot be returned and shall be stored by AncestryDNA or its agents. "

" you acquire no rights in any research or commercial products that may...embody your DNA."

"By submitting DNA to AncestryDNA, you grant AncestryDNA and the Ancestry Group Companies a perpetual, royalty-free, world-wide, transferable license to use your DNA"

(It should be noted that all of this is done only in an aggregate data / non-personally-identifiable way.)

If this bothers you, use the FamilyTreeDNA or National Geographic Geno 2.0 DNA test. They are the only ones who so far have no interest in making money on the side from your DNA.

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Genes for Good [umich.edu] is a free option. It requires some surveys but they don't take long. I think it took me maybe 1-2 hours of time for mine. My test was processed within 6 weeks. The results didn't tell me much but I uploaded to Promethease [promethease.com] and paid $7 to get more info. Definitely worth it, IMO.
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The "If you haven't done anything wrong, you don't have anything to fear" argument is quite a poor one.
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Do these tests work for a family who must immigrated to the US? This is my co-worker's and her family. They are from Sweden and just moved here 3 years ago. As far as they know, none of their blood relatives have ever left Sweden...

Just wondering...
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Do these tests work for a family who must immigrated to the US? This is my co-worker's and her family. They are from Sweden and just moved here 3 years ago. As far as they know, none of their blood relatives have ever left Sweden...

Just wondering...
I think it should, as far as the ethnicity analysis, and if they want to do the mother/father lineage stuff. They may not get as much out of the potential dna matches with other testers, since most of these sites lean heavily to testing US population. They may want to do one through a company based out of Europe, such as the UK Ancestry or Living DNA (there's probably others, I'm just not aware of them). But for more certain info I'd suggest they join a forum or Facebook group that's focused on DNA genealogy and ask there, they'd probably get more specific answers.
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Thanks OP. I've always had an interest in doing some DNA testing but have yet to take the plunge. My primary concern, however, is privacy. Which of these sites do you feel is best as far as safeguarding my information and not auctioning off my biometric data to the highest bidder?
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Do these tests work for a family who must immigrated to the US? This is my co-worker's and her family. They are from Sweden and just moved here 3 years ago. As far as they know, none of their blood relatives have ever left Sweden...

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cookiereceiptDo these tests work for a family who must immigrated to the US? This is my co-worker's and her family. They are from Sweden and just moved here 3 years ago. As far as they know, none of their blood relatives have ever left Sweden...

Just wondering...


FTDNA has a very wide database, especially for Europe and the Americas, so you would be better off with a place like that.
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Genes for Good [umich.edu] is a free option. It requires some surveys but they don't take long. I think it took me maybe 1-2 hours of time for mine. My test was processed within 6 weeks. The results didn't tell me much but I uploaded to Promethease [promethease.com] and paid $7 to get more info. Definitely worth it, IMO.
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I don't care about ancestry I care about health.... If I just want to check if I'm carrying deficient gene which one is best?
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thanks op. I've always had an interest in doing some dna testing but have yet to take the plunge. My primary concern, however, is privacy. Which of these sites do you feel is best as far as safeguarding my information and not auctioning off my biometric data to the highest bidder?
FTDNA to my understanding doesn't sell any data to other parties. Ancestry and 23andMe I believe do use the data for various purposes, but it's supposed to be aggregated and/or anonamized data (ie. they don't sell your specific data to anyone). To an extent there is sharing of your info if you want with regards to doing the DNA matching with potential relatives in the various site databases; I know for FTDNA is this is opt-in, not sure about the others. Each site should specify and have privacy info available. This internet post may give some more perspective on the issue http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2...ine-print/
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I don't care about ancestry I care about health.... If I just want to check if I'm carrying deficient gene which one is best?
23andme initially focused on that, but ran into some regulatory roadblocks. I'm not sure if they've been able to resolve those issues.
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I don't care about ancestry I care about health.... If I just want to check if I'm carrying deficient gene which one is best?
To be honest I wouldn't bother with these. 23andMe does offer some, but it has to be taken with a grain of salt when it comes to interpreting their results, and there's still a lot of controversy over their tests even with FDA's approval. If you are serious about this I would really ask your doctor or see if you can locate a genetic counselor to talk to, and decide what testing to have done.

However if you really want to go this route, then the cheapest way (I believe) is to do one of the general tests for $59-79, and upload your data to promethease.com. I don't know much about the medical testing, but from what little I've read the promethease site can provide about as much info as the 23andMe for a lot less. To really find out I'd visit each site and see specifically what results you get for the tests from both companies and decide if that meets your needs or not.
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Genes for Good [umich.edu] is a free option. It requires some surveys but they don't take long. I think it took me maybe 1-2 hours of time for mine. My test was processed within 6 weeks. The results didn't tell me much but I uploaded to Promethease [promethease.com] and paid $7 to get more info. Definitely worth it, IMO.
After uploading to Promethease, what information can you get? Is it similar to what you'd get from other services?
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After uploading to Promethease, what information can you get? Is it similar to what you'd get from other services?

I don't have anything to compare it to since I just sent out my 23andme sample not too long ago and haven't received the report but it was a long report with all sorts of information. They have some sample reports, for example this one [snpedia.com].
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Which test is best for ethnicity and health?
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