Not sure where to start with your DNA testing? Worried it’s going to cost a lot of money to get tested? You can save money with your DNA testing if you follow the steps in the picture below. The steps are based on a blog post, 2015: The Most Bang for Your DNA Buck, by the Legal Genealogist, that is, Judy Russell. Judy’s post gives great details on how this works. These steps will save you money and get the most out of your DNA testing results.
How to Navigate the Big Three DNA Testing Companies
There are three DNA testing companies recommended by DNA Hunters, LLC: AncestryDNA, FamilyTree DNA, and 23andMe.
DNA Hunters recommend starting your DNA testing at AncestryDNA. AncestryDNA will tell you your DNA matches from it own database of people who’ve tested there. AncestryDNA is used by genealogist, many of whom have extensive family trees.
You will be able to transfer your DNA results from AncestryDNA to FamilyTree DNA for $39 (a $60 savings). This will give you new matches at FamilyTree DNA. Your new matches will be from both people who’ve tested there and people who’ve transferred their results to FT-DNA (just like you did). FT-DNA is a great site that’s used for genealogy.
If you’d like to find additional matches, you can test at 23andMe. 23andMe recently increased their price from $99 to $199. With this higher price, 23andMe gives you some health information, including “carrier status” for several diseases. This means that you can find out whether you carry a gene for a disease that you might give to your child.
Third Party Sites Help Interpret Your DNA Results
Two third party web sites that DNA Hunters, LLC recommends are (1) Gedmatch and (2) DNAGedcom. Both are free. Find out more about these third party DNA sites.
Summary – How to Save Money with Your DNA Testing
As you can see, if you follow these steps, you will save money with your DNA testing. You’ll also get the most out of your DNA test results.