Below are the regular prices of DNA tests for genealogy (and for identifying biological family) for consumers in Australia, and links to information on pricing for other countries, and associated products or subscriptions (if relevant).
If you are new to DNA testing and keen to get started quickly, you can’t go wrong by selecting the most popular and highly-recommended of them all – the ‘AncestryDNA’ test. If you have more time available, you may like to learn about the different types of DNA tests and compare the features of each of the autosomal DNA tests. If you have already done a genealogy DNA test, learn how you can upload your DNA data to other DNA databases for free.
|Ancestry||A$129||A$129||incl.||A$29.99 for one kit|
(A$10 per additional kit)
|Dog DNA Test|
NEW from Ancestry!
Ends 30 Sep 2023
|incl.||A$29.99 for one kit|
(A$10 per additional kit)
|MyHeritage||A$149||A$59||End of Winter Sale|
Ends 17 Sep
|incl.||A$23.09 for one kit |
or Free Shipping for 2+ kits
|FamilyTreeDNA||US$79||A$79||US$9.95 for one kit|
(US$4.95 per additional kit)
|23andMe||US$129||US$129||US$22.71||US$98.09 by courier||US$249.80||387||Included|
|Living DNA||A$169||A$149||Summer Sale||A$14.95 per kit||A$163.95||164||Included|
Autosomal DNA Test Price Comparison as at 14 September 2023 (conversions use Google Exchange Rates).
Scroll down for details by company and for other countries…
AncestryDNA regular price: A$129 plus shipping (each kit includes a return-paid shipping box)
Any current sales will be visible on Ancestry’s website once you click through the advert below
Regular price A$149, Now A$59 + shipping …or free shipping for 2+ kits.
End of Winter DNA Sale ends 17 Sep 2023.
Take an extra 5% OFF by using coupon code BESTDNASEP
23andMe US$129 plus shipping (by courier both ways)
Note that 23andMe provides their ancestry service to Australian customers, however their health service & reports are not available to Australian & New Zealand customers.
23andMe customers can create a hardcover book called The Story of Your DNA, which includes your Ancestry Composition, your Neanderthal ancestry, the traits you share with your DNA Relatives, and details of what your DNA says about your roots across the globe. 23andMe customers can order this keepsake for themselves, and in the near future they will be able to order a gift for a friend or family member with whom they are sharing their DNA results.
Note that you cannot upgrade a free atDNA data upload to Y-DNA or mtDNA, as FTDNA does not have your DNA sample to test.
Shipping cost & information (shipping not required if you have already tested at FTDNA)
(Living DNA sometimes offers free shipping on 3 or more kits, so check in your cart to see if this applies at the time of your order)
UK customers can now order the health tests below:
Which test? If you are unsure which autosomal DNA test to start with, see:
Birth, death, marriage notices and obituaries are one of the top research resources used by genetic genealogists to reconstruct family trees. Newspapers.com is a favourite for finding entries that aren’t available elsewhere, including from The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia:
Add interest to your British family stories and research with birth, marriage, & death notices, obituaries, and community news and events from the British Newspaper Archive:
FindMyPast subscriptions include access to worldwide newspapers:
Free Y-DNA tests
Free Y-DNA tests: Some surname projects offer free or subsidised Y-DNA tests to encourage males with particular surnames from particular locations to test – so check the ISOGG list of free DNA tests.
DNA from Stamps, Envelopes & Hair?
Can you extract DNA from stamps, envelopes & hair?
For information on extracting DNA from personal items or artefacts, see all the details in DNA from Deceased Ancestors.
Whole Genome Sequencing tests your whole genome – 6.4 billion base pairs, not just the (approx) 700,000 markers that we use for genealogy. Depending on coverage/quality of the testing (ie. how many times a particular SNP/location is read) it can be suitable for health interpretations. Read my experience getting started in What is a Nebula Genomics DNA test? and refer to Nebula Genomics for more information.
Hundreds of recorded webinars on DNA testing and Genetic Genealogy topics, plus a continual stream of upcoming webinars you can watch live. Some of the latest include:
Have you hit a brick wall in your research? If you need help finding that elusive ancestor, tracking down rare international records or translating foreign documents, I recommend Legacy Tree Genealogists.
They have a network of professional researchers with access to archives around the globe.
Contact LTG for a free quote and save US$50 on in-depth research projects.