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 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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RootsTech Day 3 – What’s the Best DNA Test for Me?

So, something's been waking up inside of me at RootsTech and today I decided to feed the beast and learn more. On Day 3 of RootsTech, I attended two more DNA classes, both a bit more remedial, to get a solid DNA foundation.   I haven't studied Genetics since 9th-grade Biology, and that was a long time ago. What I've noticed from talking to other attendees as we discuss DNA is it would be easy to either make someone glossy-eyed with technical jargon overload or oversimplify the science to the point of saying "you spit in a tube and then a miracle occurs and you have people matches and ethnicity reports."   All the lectures I've attended have been amazing--some more technical than others--but I've walked away from each lecture with a better understanding of the science and the opportunities. And that's no small feat for a technical topic. So bravo speakers!       Two Terrific DNA Classes (grab the handouts)  First, I attended We Are Famil…
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