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Below are regular prices, sales prices and any special offers available for the purchase of DNA tests for genealogy (and for finding biological family), and associated products or subscriptions.
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.
|Ancestry||A$129||A$129||incl.||A$29.99 for one kit|
(A$10 per additional kit)
|MyHeritage||A$139||A$139||incl.||A$23.09 for one kit |
or Free Shipping for 2+ kits
|Family Tree DNA||US$79||US$49||Ends 31 Aug||US$9.95 for one kit|
(US$4.95 per additional kit)
|Living DNA||A$169||A$139||Summer DNA||A$14.95 per kit||A$153.95||154||Included|
Autosomal DNA Test Price Comparison as at 11 Aug 2022 (conversions use Google Exchange Rates).
Scroll down for details by company and for other countries…
A$129 plus shipping (includes return-paid shipping)
Fitness: Endurance Fitness, Heart Rate Recovery, Muscle Fatigue, VO2 Max, Sprinter Gene; Nutrients: Beta-Carotene, Vitamin B12, Omega-3, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E; Appearance: Facial Hair Thickness, Birth Weight, Cleft Chin, Finger Length, Earlobe Type, Earwax Type, Eye Colour, Freckles, Hair Colour, Hair Type, Hair Strand Thickness, Iris Patterns, Male Hair Loss, Skin Pigmentation, Unibrow, Wisdom Teeth; Sensory: Alcohol Flush, Asparagus Metabolite Detection, Bitter Sensitivity, Caffeine Consumption, Coriander Aversion, Lactose Intolerance, Sun Sneezing, Sweet Sensitivity, Savoury (Unami) Sensitivity; Compare some of your traits with your DNA matches who also purchased Traits, and see how your traits may relate to other people with heritage from regions covered by AncestryDNA. Add Traits to existing AncestryDNA results or Add Traits to a new AncestryDNA kit order. If the AU links don’t work, switch to the US site from the country selection drop-down at the bottom of Ancestry’s website, then click the DNA tab on the top menu to see the Add Traits option. Traits is not intended to diagnose health and is not suitable for medical advice.
Regular price A$139 + shipping …or free shipping for 2+ kits!
23andMe USD$99 plus shipping
Note that 23andMe provides their ancestry service to Australian customers, but 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 a free atDNA data upload does not allow you to upgrade to also test your Y-DNA or mtDNA, as there is no DNA sample to test.
Your Living DNA ancestry kit includes a breakdown of your biogeographical ancestry into 80 worldwide regions including 21 British regions, as well as your motherline (mtDNA) and fatherline (Y-DNA, males only) haplogroups.
Australians can order a Living DNA Wellbeing test – which is currently 20% off in the Summer Sale.
You can order your Personalised Ancestry Book in your online account.
FindMyPast Free Trial – 14 day free trial to access records & family trees
FindMyPast subscriptions are not needed to test your DNA or contact DNA matches, but you will really love a membership for viewing historical records and family trees, and discovering exciting stories from your family’s past!
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.