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DNA Day Comes Early… or Late… with a Sale!

National DNA Day

It depends on how you look at it, whether National DNA Day — being celebrated today by the National Human Genome Research Institute — is early or late. Either way, Family Tree DNA has an offer you won’t want to miss.

And since I’m still looking for any descendant of a Cottrell family in or near Madison County, Kentucky, around 18201 and any document male descendant of the Faure family of Manakin Town, Virginia, it’s a sale I don’t want you to miss since I’m still willing to pay for those tests! I’ll even go one better: if you descend from William and Christian (Campbell) Baird of Cherokee County, Alabama, and Pope County, Arkansas, I’ll pay for a test there too.

National DNA Day commemorates two amazing milestones in human genetic history: the discovery in 1953 of the DNA double helix by Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick; and the completion in 2003 of the Human Genome Project.2

Neither of those events was on April 20th.

Watson and Crick actually announced their belief that they might have determined the double-helix structure of DNA on the 28th of February. They announced they were sure of it on the 25th of April.3

And it was on April 14, 2003, that “the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the Department of Energy (DOE) and their partners in the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project.”4

Whether we should have celebrated last week (or back in February) or waited until next week (or next February), one thing we’re all in time for: a National DNA Day celebration sale on almost all of the tests offered by Family Tree DNA.

The sale started last night at 6 p.m. and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st.5

And here’s what the offer looks like:

For New Kits

   Current  Sale
 Y-DNA 12  $99  $59
 mtDNA  $99  $59
 Y-DNA 37  $149  $129
 Y-DNA 67  $238  $199
 Family Finder  $289  $199
 mtFullSequence (FMS)  $299  $249
 Y-DNA 12 + mtDNA  $179  $118
 FF + Y-DNA 12  $339  $258
 FF + mtDNA  $339  $258
 FF+ Y-DNA 37  $438  $328
 FF + mtDNAPlus  $438  $328
 Comprehensive (FF + FMS + Y-DNA 67)  $797  $657

For Upgrades

   Current  Sale
 Y-DNA 12  $89  $59
 mtDNA add-on  $89  $59
 Y-DNA 12-37 Marker  $99  $69
 Y-DNA 37-67 Marker  $99  $79
 Y-DNA 12-67 Marker  $199  $148
 mtFullSequence upgrade (HVR1 to Mega)  $269  $199
 mtFullSequence upgrade (HVR2 to Mega)  $269  $199
 mtFullSequence add-on  $289  $219
 Family Finder add-on  $289  $219

These are good prices and, as far as I’m concerned, FTDNA is the best all around testing company for genetic genealogy right now (though that hasn’t stopped me from testing with 23andMe and it won’t stop me from testing with Ancestry when it opens up its autosomal testing to the public). So this is a good deal. Just head on over to Family Tree DNA to take advantage of the offer — no coupon or anything needed, the price will be adjusted automatically when you buy the test kit.

And I’m really serious here. I’ll pay fo:

1. YDNA and/or Family Finder testing if you can document Cottrells from Madison County KY around 1820 in your family tree; or

2. YDNA testing if you can document direct-line male descent from the Faure family of Manakin Town, Virginia (meaning you have to be a male with the Faure, Ford or Fore surname); or

3. Family Finder testing if you can document your descent from the William and Christian (Campbell) Baird enumerated in the 1860 Cherokee County, Alabama, census6 and the 1870 Pope County, Arkansas, census.7

Seriously. Contact me!


  1. See 23andMe to FTDNA? Yes!, The Legal Genealogist, posted 5 Feb 2012.
  2. National Human Genome Research Institute, “National DNA Day” ( : accessed 19 Apr 2012).
  3. Feb 28, 1953: Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA,” This Day in History ( : accessed 19 Apr 2012).
  4. National Human Genome Research Institute, “The Human Genome Project Completion: Frequently Asked Questions” ( : accessed 19 Apr 2012).
  5. FTDNA didn’t say what time zone it was using to count this, but just in case… the company is in Houston, which is Central Daylight Time.
  6. 1860 U.S. census, Cherokee County, Alabama, Davis Cross Roads Post Office, population schedule, p. 136 (stamped), dwelling/family 332, Wm G and Christian N Baird; digital image, ( : accessed 19 Apr 2012); citing National Archive microfilm publication M653, roll 5.
  7. 1870 U.S. census, Pope County, Arkansas, Illinois, population schedule, p. 10 (penned), dwelling 614, family 630, William and Christin A Baird; digital image, ( : accessed 19 Apr 2012); citing National Archive microfilm publication M593, roll 61; imaged from FHL microfilm 545560.
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