NEW! MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry Test

MyHeritage has announced their newest product, the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry Test. MyHeritage will now offer two separate DNA tests: MyHeritage DNA Ancestry-Only testMyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test


The Health+Ancestry test will be a cheek swab test, similar to the Ancestry-Only test. Customers who have already purchased a MyHeritage DNA test for genealogy (now called the MyHeritage DNA Ancestry-Only test) can pay $120 to upgrade their test results to include the health results. They'll need to complete a questionnaire about their personal and family health history but they will not need to submit a new swab or DNA kit.


MyHeritage will also offer a Health Subscription plan for $99/year that can be canceled at any time. The Health Subscription will give customers access to all new health reports as they are released without needing to re-test DNA. The Health Subscription will also give customers access to all adva…

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Sample Forms for Naming a DNA Beneficiary

This is a quick update with some links to sample forms for naming a DNA beneficiary. FamilyTree DNA provides this service at their site, although depending on the laws where you live, it may or may not be enforceable legally. For any of the linked forms you will need to either understand the laws where you live or contact a attorney for legal advice. Nothing in this blog is intended as legal advice.



The Problem with Dying

Even if you're on your A-game and have prepped for death, one problem with preparing for death in 2019 is the law hasn't completely kept up with the technology. You can visit The Digital Beyond and read their book Your Digital Afterlife to better understand the problem. There's a great site in the UK, The Digital Legacy Association with free resources, including this spreadsheet for digital accounts.

Basically the problem is, we now live in a digital age and we have no idea how…

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DNA Day Sales & Benefits at Test Sites

Thursday, April 25th is National DNA Day in the US and these testing companies have sales: 23andMeAncestryDNAFamilyTreeDNALiving DNAMyHeritageDNA


I'll share, in italics, what I've gleaned from my test results at each site.




23andMe has a 3-in-1 DNA test for $99 (not on sale) and a Health & Ancestry test on sale for $169 ($30 off the list price of $199). 23andMe's Ancestry test is a 3-in-1 DNA test and includes some mitochondrial and Y-DNA (Y-DNA only if you are male) results, but that portion of the testing is not as comprehensive as FamilyTreeDNA's mtDNA and Y-DNA tests.

I have 1200 DNA matches at 23andMe, mainly extended family, 3rd cousins and beyond. I don't use 23andMe for genealogy purposes. I primarily follow my 23andMe test results for the health test results-they're currently the only one of these companies offering health results (you'll need to purchase the Health & Ancestry t…

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