Confused about choosing the best DNA tests for genealogy?
Choosing a DNA Testing Company, on the website of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, has a good guide available.
- Before You Buy
- List of DNA testing companies
- Autosomal DNA testing comparison chart
- MtDNA testing comparison chart
- Y-DNA SNP testing chart
- Y-DNA STR testing chart
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
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. Their results differed about 85 percent from other test companies’ results, leading me to question the scope of the databases they use for comparison.
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 the ISGG article as a good guide.
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