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DNA Day Sales and some DNA Test Comparisons

DNA Day is one week away!   April 25th is DNA Day and companies usually offer sales on DNA test kits.   UPDATED: As of April 20th, all these sites are offering sales on their DNA tests (listed in order of sale announcement): MyHeritageDNA LivingDNA 23andMe Ancestry.com FamilyTreeDNA     Here are my very biased DNA test comparisons with what I like and dislike about each test. Visit the ISOGG Wiki for less biased information.         MyHeritageDNA   Autosomal Test Sale price: $69 + shipping (at their site) Sale price: $68 at Amazon.com and free shipping with Amazon prime List price: $99 My Bias: My husband currently works for them. I prefer cheek swab tests to saliva tests. I have a free tree & records at their site because I'm LDS. They have a great business relationship with FTDNA, whom I respect a ton. I know what their upcoming products offer (see last pa…
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DNA Testing Complaints – What to Know Before You Test

If you're considering DNA testing for genealogy or have already tested, you've probably heard complaints or had some yourself.     Today, I'll focus on the biggest DNA testing complaint: Ethnicity Estimates. And I'm addressing autosomal DNA testing (atDNA), the most common test taken today, versus Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA testing.  

You can't sit through a DNA class or webinar and not hear someone pretty angry about their ethnicity estimate.

These complaints come from people with well-researched genealogical records as well as those with strong oral traditions of their ancestry.

Half the audience writes off five minutes of their life because they've "been there, done that" and the other half is sitting on the edge of their seat waiting to hear how the company justifies its results.

I've been on both sides of t…

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DNA Testing for Genealogy – Is It Worth It?

 DNA Testing for Genealogy - Is It Worth It? Twenty years ago, I wasn't sure. Today, it's a definitive "Yes." 1990s In the 1990s, BYU Professor Scott Woodward was in Egypt speaking about using DNA to study mummies when an Israeli researcher asked him about using DNA to test fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The scrolls had been written on animal hides before they were torn. Could DNA testing identify which pieces came from the same animal hide and belonged to the same scroll? I saw the Dead Sea Scrolls on exhibit in Israel in 1995. The work of piecing together tiny fragments looked impossible and being able to match them by their DNA was an exciting breakthrough. Animal hides and document fragments was a finite enough collection that I could grasp the payoff. DNA testing made sense.   2000 In 2000, Professor Scott Woodward had a microbiology lab at BYU and was paying $10 to anyone who would donate a DNA sample.  My youngest brother was a poor, graduating college…
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