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Too good to wait til Sunday

The Legal Genealogist usually reserves DNA discussions to Sunday’s blog.

But this is too good to wait.

Family Tree DNA announced its summer sale yesterday and anybody who’s even thinking about DNA testing for genealogy is going to want to take advantage of this sale.

The best part of the sale is the $99 price tag on the Family Finder autosomal DNA test. That’s the test that works across genders and helps you find cousins out to about the fourth and fifth cousin level to help with your paper trail research. And the best part is the teaser — that if enough kits are sold at this $99 price level, the company may be able to keep the price that low.

That would put Family Tree DNA — with its superior tools for genealogists — in a position to compete dollar-for-dollar and head-to-head with 23andMe and AncestryDNA which both offer a similarly priced test but with fewer useful tools. And it would also make it possible for many more genealogists to test with all three companies — fishing for cousins in all three pools.

Here’s the line-up of prices (good through July 26 for kits bought and paid for by then):

Test

Regular Price

Sale Price

Family Finder

$289

$99

mtDNA Full Sequence

$289

$189

Y-DNA37

$169

$129

Y-DNA67

$169

$208

Y-DNA111

$359

$308

Family Finder + Y-DNA37

$368

$228

Family Finder + Y-DNA67

$467

$307

Family Finder + mtDNAFullSequence

$398

$288

Comprehensive Genome (Y-DNA67, FMS & FF)

$666

$496

Hmmm… let’s see now… I need to get my Uncle Jerry and Aunt Trisha tested… maybe my sister Diana wants to test… there are those Johnson and Shew cousins… and…

Yep. Gotta love a sale.

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