There are a lot of reduced prices available for DNA testing and Genealogy but some of them aren’t well advertised. The sale at FTDNA is theoretically over (but still advertised), while the Ancestry.com sales appear in their header and footer areas. 23andMe had an overall price drop that’s spectacular!
Ancestry and AncestryDNA
All sales appear to go through January 6th, 2012.
6 month Ancestry.com memberships are on sale for $49. That’s a great deal at 30% off!
One year of Ancestry World Explorer for $99. This breaks down to $8.25 a month and seems worth the price if your ancestors came from Canada. I’m not experienced enough to say what benefits there are to people of other descents — English, Irish or German etc.to evaluate the worth, but this is one third the price you are normally asked to pay.
Also reported is a 99 Dollar Ancestry DNA test sale available to Ancestry members only. I haven’t personally seen the ad but I’d say to give it a shot by calling in. The price on the sidebar still reflects $129 so I would call and not click!
AncestryDNA still needs improvements to be fully useful for adoptees but it’s a wonderful product for cousin matching WITH a very high number of trees. Their phasing of matches is state of the art, but their use of megabase pairs — ie 1 million base pairs — for comparisons instead of cM is questionable. Perhaps they have the right of it but it will take a lot of time and finding matches at multiple services to finagle the truth out. For those that enjoy segment matching, this isn’t the service for you as they currently don’t release that information. They do intend to release the raw data… which will be of some small use but to which all customers are entitled. They are currently my 2nd and 3rd recommended product — when you include the regular ancestry membership — for adoptees. I suppose their World Explorer membership is my 5th recommended product for adoptees, depending on your apparent ancestry. If all your lines seem to be colonial, I wouldn’t bother with World Explorer. If some lines appear to be recent Irish or other immigrants, or they are Canadian, French or otherwise, World Explorer may be worth the cost — especially at the sale price.
These sales are supposedly over but the sales prices still show. I’d guess making an order today (January 1st 2012) would still get you the sales prices.
MALE LINE TESTING – FOR GENEALOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
$169.00 now $119.00
$268.00 now $199.00
FEMALE LINE TESTING – FOR GENEALOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
$159.00 now $139.00
$299.00 now $199.00
FAMILY FINDER – FOR CLOSE GENEALOGY
$289.00 now $199.00
COMBINED TESTS FOR MALE AND FEMALE LINES – FOR GENEALOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Family Finder + Y-DNA12
$339.00 now $249.00
Family Finder + mtDNA
$339.00 now $249.00
$299.00 now $258.00
Family Finder + Y-DNA37
$438.00 now $318.00
Family Finder + mtDNAPlus
$438.00 now $318.00
Family Finder + mtFullSequence
$559.00 now $398.00
COMPREHENSIVE ANCESTRAL TESTS – FOR GENEALOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
>$548.00 now $398.00
FTDNA’s database of customers is small and slightly slanted towards the Jewish population. On top of which, their relationship estimates have to be questioned. They do use all 1 million SNPs for finding relatives although the response rate has gotten worse over time. If you’re a male, they are the only game in town for deeper YDNA analysis. The same is true for mtDNA but this is less helpful for genealogy as mtDNA evolves very slowly — in the range of thousands of years. They are my third recommendation to adoptees as far as genetics goes and fourth if you consider a regular Ancestry membership, which is very helpful in trying to figure out your ancestors.
23andMe has done some fundraising and gotten 60 million dollars in donations and grants to help with medical DNA research. They have used part of that money to drop the advertised price to $99 permanently. While not actually a ‘sale’, the price is low enough to be considered a sale, down from $299 previously. 23andMe’s One-Price-For-All model gets you genealogy matches, Ancestry composition breakdowns and medical DNA information. Although their invitation system and lack of focus (understatement!) on genealogy detracts from an otherwise very attractive package, they are still my first recommendation for adoptees.
All prices were taken from today — January 1st, 2012 — at 2 pm EST