Confused about choosing the best DNA tests for genealogy?
Links to the websites
Current prices (and sales)
Types of tests (autosomal, Y, mt)
Collection method (cheek swab or saliva)
How long samples are retained by company
Raw data downloads
Size of comparison database
Genealogy community interaction
Methods for contacting matches
Fair warning: Mark’s site contains affiliate links, which means he gets paid a small amount by companies for referrals, which does not affect the price you pay. Personally, I think this is only fair, given the research time and costs of having a website.
As for me, I’ve had great results using FamilyTree DNA and Ancestry, was unimpressed by 23andme, and am completely baffled by the results I got from LivingHistory, which touts itself as providing county-level results in the UK. To say that this was not my experience with LivingHistory, and that their results differed about 85 percent from other test companies’ results, sums things up for me.
My FTDNA and Ancestry DNA tests have been extremely rewarding and I urge any genealogists who have not taken the leap into DNA tests to dive in, with Mark’s article as a good guide.
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