In celebration of DNA Day, which was started back in 2003 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the Molecular Structure of DNA by Watson and Crick, as well as the announcement that the Human Genome Project was very close to complete, both Family Tree DNA and AncestryDNA have announced sales. So if you have been thinking about undergoing DNA testing, now would be a great time to take the plunge.
See below for more details, but these sales don't go on for long, so note the deadlines and don't procrastinate for too long:
I've been tracking DNA sales at the various companies, so to see how these sale prices compare with others, check out How Much Do DNA Tests Cost? If you live outside the USA, see Notes for UK (and ex-US) Residents.
- The new Y-haplogroup tree, with an expansion from 400 to 1000 terminal branches, will be released on Friday (25 April 2014)
The "DNA Day" price of $79 (+$9.95 shipping) shown didn't work initially (they sent the offer out prematurely), but instead I found a "Mother's Day" Sale for $89, plus a coupon for free shipping (Code: FREESHIPDNA worked for me), so effectively the overall cost was the same as the supposed "DNA Day" price. I was able to find this offer at both my normal Ancestry account, in addition to an account where I don't have a paid subscription or an associated DNA test (see screenshot below), so presumably it is open to everyone. The $89 price expires 11 May 2014 and the free shipping code expires 12 May 2014.
The "DNA Day" sale price of $79 reappeared – effective only from 25-27 April 2014 – this is very obvious when you log in to Ancestry. Try using the free shipping code of FREESHIPDNA I mentioned above, which is supposed to be in place until 12 May. Combined, this is then almost $30 off.
- Sale starts 24 April (delayed until 25 April) and ends 27 April at 23:59 hours PDT
- Autosomal DNA (and X-DNA) for $79 (normally $99)
- Try using coupon code FREESHIPDNA as well for free shipping
This is the cheapest price for any autosomal DNA test (it also includes X-chromosome DNA) – I'm not sure if this is offered to everyone, or only to current customers for testing their relatives. AncestryDNA is only available in the US and unfortunately the company offers no chromosome browser or other tools to assess the matching DNA segments, but raw data can be "transferred" to Family Tree DNA for $69 ($49 during a sale last summer), where you can assess the matching segment data, and you are then fishing in 2 "DNA ponds" for matches for ~$120-$140. You can also upload your raw DNA data from AncestryDNA to GEDmatch (see below), which is free, and this also allows you to assess and compare your matching segment data. So this $79 sale price is great value, and there are ways around Ancestry not providing a chromosome browser or other tools.
First of all you have to download your raw DNA data from FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, or AncestryDNA (see Download Raw Data for details of how to do this for each company) and then you can upload it to GEDmatch and obtain other matches across all 3 companies. If you use a Mac (Apple) computer, Read This before downloading your data. It also has some sophisticated matching and comparison tools not available elsewhere, so it is invaluable. See Using GEDmatch (from DNAAdoption) for details and screenshots for how to upload your data there, as well as what to do once your data have been processed. See also the GEDmatch Utilities downloads available in Word and PDF (written by Barton Lewis and Kitty Cooper, 18 Feb 2014).
Although there have been times when it took several weeks for DNA data to be processed at GEDmatch, currently it is only taking a few days. Give it a try – you can't beat the price!