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Family Tree DNA test available here [familytreedna.com] for $69 through 5/14. - expired
Groupon also available for $59 [groupon.com].

My Heritage for $69 as well. https://www.myheritage.com/dna - expired
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Interested to get others thought on this. myheritage is the cheapest, but I read that 23andme has the largest database to get more detailed info from.
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Ancestry has the largest DNA database at over 4 million. MyHeritage is the smallest of all because they are fairly new. And so far, their results have been terrible. Their ethnicity estimates are the worst, and their cousin matching algorithm has been really really bad. If you use any of the other good DNA companies (such as AncestryDNA, 23andme, or FTDNA), you can upload your file to MyHeritage for free, if you want to see how bad it is. Wouldn't recommend anyone waste a dime on it.
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Ancestry has the largest DNA database at over 4 million. MyHeritage is the smallest of all because they are fairly new. And so far, their results have been terrible. Their ethnicity estimates are the worst, and their cousin matching algorithm has been really really bad. If you use any of the other good DNA companies (such as AncestryDNA, 23andme, or FTDNA), you can upload your file to MyHeritage for free, if you want to see how bad it is. Wouldn't recommend anyone waste a dime on it.
Agree with everything. I got it for free, and later deleted my account even for free because it gave me nothing.
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As mentioned in original post, FTDNA is also on sale for $69. But you can get it for less through Groupon, $59 [groupon.com].
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Interested to get others thought on this. myheritage is the cheapest, but I read that 23andme has the largest database to get more detailed info from.
Check out the FTDNA offer.
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Ancestry has the largest DNA database at over 4 million. MyHeritage is the smallest of all because they are fairly new. And so far, their results have been terrible. Their ethnicity estimates are the worst, and their cousin matching algorithm has been really really bad. If you use any of the other good DNA companies (such as AncestryDNA, 23andme, or FTDNA), you can upload your file to MyHeritage for free, if you want to see how bad it is. Wouldn't recommend anyone waste a dime on it.
Thanks! That's super helpful. The FTDNA on groupon looks like a good deal. But $59 vs 99 for 23andme.. Is it worth it to pay extra, or is FTDNA pretty good and comparable?
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Thanks! That's super helpful. The FTDNA on groupon looks like a good deal. But $59 vs 99 for 23andme.. Is it worth it to pay extra, or is FTDNA pretty good and comparable?
Eh, it's a tough call. They're both good products.

23andme's database is a little bigger, their ethnicity estimate is generally considered better, and they include estimates of your paternal (Y-DNA) and maternal (mtDNA) haplogroups for free, and they have a little more health-related SNP's if you're interested in that and want to upload your DNA to promethease.com for $5 to get some health info. (You can do that with FTDNA's data, but will get less health info because FTDNA intentionally tries to avoid health related SNP's when testing.)

FTDNA has a little bit higher rate of response from matches if you're looking to contact distant relatives for genealogical purposes, plus they are the only ones with "real" Y-DNA and mtDNA tests if you want to upgrade to them later, although those tests will cost a good bit more. They also have "group projects" you can join to collaborate on a common surname or geographic area, etc.

By the way, 23andme is currently $79 for two more days. (Of course it's the "Ancestry version" aka "non-health" version meaning they won't provide you with health reports directly, but as I mentioned earlier you can get similar info by uploading your test to Promethease.)
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Eh, it's a tough call. They're both good products.

23andme's database is a little bigger, their ethnicity estimate is generally considered better, and they include estimates of your paternal (Y-DNA) and maternal (mtDNA) haplogroups for free, and they have a little more health-related SNP's if you're interested in that and want to upload your DNA to promethease.com for $5 to get some health info. (You can do that with FTDNA's data, but will get less health info because FTDNA intentionally tries to avoid health related SNP's when testing.)

FTDNA has a little bit higher rate of response from matches if you're looking to contact distant relatives for genealogical purposes, plus they are the only ones with "real" Y-DNA and mtDNA tests if you want to upgrade to them later, although those tests will cost a good bit more. They also have "group projects" you can join to collaborate on a common surname or geographic area, etc.

By the way, 23andme is currently $79 for two more days. (Of course it's the "Ancestry version" aka "non-health" version meaning they won't provide you with health reports directly, but as I mentioned earlier you can get similar info by uploading your test to Promethease.)
super helpful, thanks! I've tried looking at a few websites to compare, but couldn't find a clear answer. I can't find the $79 mothers day offer for 23and me. I just see $99. Do you have a link?
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super helpful, thanks! I've tried looking at a few websites to compare, but couldn't find a clear answer. I can't find the $79 mothers day offer for 23and me. I just see $99. Do you have a link?
That's strange. When I go to 23andme.com (and I'm not logged in), I get the Mother's Day sale splashed across the page. Are you not in the US by chance?

EDIT: Nevermind trying to order it directly from them; it's on sale at Amazon, too, plus free Prime shipping: Smilie
https://www.amazon.com/23andMe-DN...B01LZ5K87Z

(Typically when AncestryDNA or 23andme have sales, Amazon usually mirrors them.)
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By the way, 23andme is currently $79 for two more days. (Of course it's the "Ancestry version" aka "non-health" version meaning they won't provide you with health reports directly, but as I mentioned earlier you can get similar info by uploading your test to Promethease.)
I've been looking at 23andme for a while and see the Health version is on sale right now, too (thanks for the Amazon link above). I see you say that there is similar data available to just buy the $79 version of 23andme and use Promethease... Have you seen the results for health on both? Are they close enough that it's not really worth an extra $95? Thank you!!
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for some reason, I thought this was from Verizon ha
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Did you hear about the guy that had three different companies check his DNA and he got back three different results ? Save your money folks.
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I don't get this? Other than for medical reasons or u were found as a baby on a doorstep, what's the point? I had to laugh at the commercial where the guy had been "celebrating" his >insert national heritage here< until he found out his ancestors were from somewhere else, so now he celebrated THAT national heritage. Bwahaha! Who cares? YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE. Not who your ancestors where. Stupid!
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Did you hear about the guy that had three different companies check his DNA and he got back three different results ? Save your money folks.
That's because each company has their own set of reference populations & algorithms, both of which get improved periodically. Specific ethnic origins are a very difficult & complex thing to try to estimate/calculate. All the companies will agree very closely on large scale results such continent percentages, but they will differ some when trying to predict more precise origins such as individual countries.

And by the way, your anecdotal story doesn't mean much; if this "guy" had three different tests done at each company, and he bought them separately and mailed them back separately and put separate fake names on them, etc, his DNA results would still come out exactly the same for all 3 tests within each company.
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