Happy DNA Day – an Offer for AncestryDNA Testers

Happy DNA Day!   23andMe is holding a one-day special for AncestryDNA customers. If you've tested anywhere other than Ancestry, skip to the end for sites where you can get free offers. Today only, Ancestry DNA testers can upload their test results to 23andMe (for free) and receive 4 free health reports! 23andMe doesn't usually accept DNA test uploads.         To download your AncestryDNA, you'll need to:   Login to your account at Ancestry.com Navigate to the DNA tab on the top menu bar Select "Your DNA Results Summary"         Select the Gear icon next to "Settings" on the right side of the page         PAY ATTENTION HERE - Select "Download Raw DNA Data" on the right side of the window BE CAREFUL, it's inconveniently close to a "Delete Test Results" button         Enter your Ancestry Account passw…
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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 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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