Did you receive a gift card for the holidays?
If so, you can use that gift card just like a credit card to order a DNA kit.
DNA testing is, after all, the gift that just continues to give almost every single day.
That’s how often I receive matches from one of my tests or another.
Just for fun, I signed in to my accounts at the 4 vendors who do DNA matching to see how many matches I’ve received in the past week or so from the different vendors.
Since I’m female and don’t have a Y chromosome, I used a male cousin for that category.
|Vendor||Test Type||Matches since 12-17-2017|
|Family Tree DNA||Mitochondrial mtFull||1 (relatively rare haplogroup)|
|Family Tree DNA||Y DNA 37||1 (same surname – YAY!!!)|
|Family Tree DNA||Family Finder (Autosomal)||23 (4 with trees, 5 surname hints, 13 grouped to either maternal or paternal side)|
|Ancestry||Autosomal||44 (no tree hints, 10 with trees, although 4 of those trees are 5 or less people)|
|23andMe||Autosomal||Can’t see match date|
|MyHeritage||Autosomal||Can’t sort by date, 31 of 277 total listed as “new”|
Of course, it’s not the number of people who match you that’s important, but if the person you specifically need has tested with the vendor you select. Y and mtDNA aren’t judged by the number of matches, but the quality and closeness of those matches, since both tests reflect only one line of your genealogy. You can read more about those tests here.
Family Tree DNA is the only vendor to offer detailed Y and mitochondrial DNA tests with matching to others.
If you’re trying to figure out which test might be best, you can read a comparison here.
Autosomal of course, is about lots of matches as well as the “right” match to solve the problem you have in mind. For that very reason, I’m in all of the data bases possible.
Literally millions of new testers have ordered DNA tests since Thanksgiving. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear, when all is said and done for this holiday season that the total number of people who have DNA tested has nearly doubled. Just think about all of the new matches you’ll be receiving in the next couple months. Are you drooling yet?
If you haven’t tested, now is certainly the time to do that.
During the holiday season, Family Tree DNA issues holiday coupons each Monday. If you received a gift card this holiday season, the timing is perfect for you to redeem this week’s coupons and pay with your card.
I don’t know for sure, but I suspect this will be the last batch of coupons since next Monday will be New Year’s Day, the beginning of 2018. How did that happen so soon?
This week’s coupons expire at midnight New Year’s Eve.
If you want to redeem your coupon, click here to check for your own coupon on your personal page.
If you can’t use your coupon, or haven’t yet ordered a kit, click here to order and redeem any of my coupons – I’m sharing below.
Right after I published this article, I received more coupons from my very generous cousin, Jim. So here are a few more in case the ones you wanted above were already used.
I’ve enjoyed sharing coupons with you this year and can’t wait to see what new matches are waiting for us in a few short weeks!
2018 is going to be a wonderful year for genetic genealogy.
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