Wow – the sales started early this year! I understand that Black Friday has morphed into the month of November. I’m good with that!
I’m not really surprised because many people are spending more time at home and let’s face it, genealogy is a great at-home activity. I’m glad the sales are starting earlier and running longer because it encourages more people to become engaged.
Genealogy can even help you produce holiday gifts for others in a myriad of ways. Not just purchasing DNA kits for yourself and family members but creating stories or giving them a book you’ve created with photos of grandma and grandpa’s life, perchance.
Of course, DNA is a HUGE part of genealogy. Even if you’re not going to be able to see Uncle Joe this Thanksgiving, you can certainly have a fun Zoom session and document him swabbing or spitting for his DNA test! Make memories, one way or another
Let’s see what the vendors are offering. Then, be sure to read to the end for a surprise.
FamilyTreeDNA – Early Bird Holiday Sale
FamilyTreeDNA has more products to offer than any of the other vendors with autosomal, Y DNA and mitochondrial DNA tests, each offering something unique.
Y DNA focuses only on your direct patrilineal (surname) line if you are a male. Mitochondrial DNA follows your matrilineal (mother’s mother’s mother’s) line for both sexes. The Family Finder autosomal test traces all ancestral lines. You can read a quick article about these different tests and how they work in this article:
The Family Finder test uses matches to known family members like parents, aunts, uncles and cousins to assign other matches who match both you and your family member to either maternal or paternal sides of your tree.
You can also use Genetic Affairs AutoCluster, AutoTree and AutoPedigree tools at FamilyTreeDNA to get even more mileage out of your DNA tests.
If you were an early tester with Y and mitochondrial DNA, you can upgrade now to a more robust test to receive more granular results.
Have you noticed the ancient DNA articles I’ve been writing recently?
- 442 Ancient Viking Skeletons Hold DNA Surprises – Does Your Y or Mitochondrial DNA Match?
- Ancient Icelandic Viking Settlers Expand the Y DNA Tree
- Longobards Ancient DNA from Pannonia and Italy – What Does Their DNA Tell Us? Are You Related?
- Ancient Ireland’s Y and Mitochondrial DNA – Do You Match?
Your most refined haplogroup revealed only in the Big Y-700 or mitochondrial mtFull Sequence test allows you to compare your haplogroup with ancient samples most effectively. I promise you, there will be more articles upcoming! These are just pure joy, connecting back in time.
The FamilyTreeDNA sale ends November 24th. Please click here to order or upgrade.
MyHeritageDNA includes lots of features that other vendors don’t have, such as integrated AutoClusters and Theories of Family Relativity (TOFR) which connects you and your matches through a network of common records and trees. TOFR is surprisingly accurate, either pointing the way to or identifying common ancestors.
I wrote about how to use these and other included tools to unravel your genealogy in this recent article, with a free companion webinar:
Additionally, MyHeritage has a strong focus in Europe that includes lots of European testers – perfect for people whose ancestors are emigrants from another country.
MyHeritageDNA is on sale now for $49, a $30 savings, plus free shipping if you purchase two or more kits. Please click here to order.
This sale ends November 25th.
Best known for their large database, AncestryDNA offers ThruLines which takes advantage of their database size to suggest common ancestors for you and your matches based on multiple trees. I wrote about ThruLines in this article:
The AncestryDNA test is on sale now for $59, a $40 savings, with free US shipping. Please click here to order.
Sale ends November 23rd.
23andMe is best known in the genealogy community for the accuracy of their Ancestry Composition, known as ethnicity results, which they paint on your chromosomes.
23andMe also creates a “genetic tree” between you and your closest matches based on who does and who does not match each other, and how they match each other. I wrote about genetic trees and subsequently, how they solved one mystery in these two articles.
- 23andMe Automatically Creates Tree Using New Technology – Relationship Triangulation
- 23andMe Genetic Tree Provides Critical Clue to Solve 137-Year-Old Disappearance Mystery
While the genetic tree technology isn’t perfected yet, it’s certainly the direction of the future and can provide insight into how you and others are related and where to look for them in your actual genealogy tree.
The 23andMe Ancestry only test is available for a 10% reduction in price at $88.95. Please click here to order.
Of course, 23andMe also offers a health product that includes the ancestry product.
The 23andMe Health + Ancestry test is available for $99, a saving of 50%. Please click here to order.
These sale prices end November 26th.
I have an early holiday gift for you too.
Beginning later this week, I’m publishing the first article in a new interactive series aptly named…drum roll…“DNA Tidbits.”
Indeed, there is fruit-of-the-vine to be harvested and that’s exactly what we are going to do – in small steps! Tidbits.
Just like everything else on this blog, it’s completely free of course and we are going to have lots of FUN!
Let me give you a hint – you’ll probably want to have test results at all of these companies because the Tidbits will be bouncing around a bit – so if you need to buy something, please click on the links below.
Thank you and I can’t wait to get started!
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Thank you so much.
DNA Purchases and Free Transfers
- FamilyTreeDNA – Y, mitochondrial and autosomal DNA testing
- MyHeritage DNA – ancestry autosomal DNA only, not health
- MyHeritage DNA plus Health
- MyHeritage FREE DNA file upload – transfer your results from other vendors free
- AncestryDNA – autosomal DNA only
- 23andMe Ancestry – autosomal DNA only, no Health
- 23andMe Ancestry Plus Health
Genealogy Products and Services
- MyHeritage FREE Tree Builder – genealogy software for your computer
- MyHeritage Subscription with Free Trial
- Legacy Family Tree Webinars – genealogy and DNA classes, subscription-based, some free
- Legacy Family Tree Software – genealogy software for your computer
- Legacy Tree Genealogists – professional genealogy research
- Genealogical.com – lots of wonderful genealogy research books
I am getting lots of good matches, better than Ancestry, for my mom at MyHeritage. Her dad is Belarus, her mom Slovak, and they immigrated with very little family.
This week we will have our monthly “DNA Day” zoom session to work out the fit of these matches. It’s so much simpler to do on MyHeritage because they inform you about exactly how much your matches match one another. Definitely a superior toolkit wrt Ancestry. I also love the confidence levels they provide on the Theory of Relativity. It’s becoming one of my new “go tos”.
Also going to pick up a MT kit for a SIL from FTDNA. The price has really come down lately.
I get matches for my mom from the Netherlands at MyHeritage too.
FamilyTree DNA released its Black Friday Sale today. Slightly better deal than the sale that ended yesterday. Family Finder is down to $49 with sales on mtDNA and Y-DNA.