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Coupons and discounts and sales, oh my…

Okay, it’s that time of the genealogical year when some folks (gasp!) are getting distracted from their family history.

By little inconsequential details like shopping for back-to-school supplies. Or getting a kid ready for college. Or even a beach vacation… or a cruise.1

Whatever the cause, whatever the distraction, it can be hard sometimes in August to keep our eyes on the genealogical ball. But dropping that ball can hit us in the pocketbook when we do things like overlook the sales that sometimes spring up in August — like the ones going on right now for DNA tests.

sale.dnaAncestryDNA has a sale doing on now on its DNA test that’ll save you $20 off the regular price of $99.

The Ancestry test, remember, is an autosomal DNA test — the test for the kind of DNA that we all have and that we inherit equally from our mothers and our fathers.2 So it’s a great test to try to find cousins who share parts of our ancestral DNA that we can collaborate with to research our family history.3

So if you’re heading off to a family reunion this August, or some other family gathering where those aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents will be gathering, you can get — say — six kits for the regular price of five.

That should be enough to get you started tracing those family lines. Head over to AncestryDNA for more information or to order. The sale ends August 17th.

Meanwhile, over at Family Tree DNA, there are coupon codes you can use for terrific savings not only on autosomal tests — called the Family Finder test at FTDNA — but on the other more expensive YDNA and mitochondrial (mtDNA) tests that only FTDNA offers.

Coupon codes are used by going to the Family Tree DNA website, choosing the test or tests you want, and then entering the code where the purchase page asks “Do you have a code?” And the codes that are available right now are:

CJS2015 works to apply a 15% discount to any order of $99 or more. So the usual $99 Family Finder test would be $84.15.

CGS30 (corrected!!!) works to apply a $30 discount — dollars, not percent here — to any order of


$140 or more. So you want to do some math here. For the 37-marker YDNA test, usually $169, this code gets you down to $139, while the other code would only bring the price down to about $143. But for the 67-marker YDNA test, usually $268, this coupon gets you down to $238, but the 15% coupon would drop the price to just under $228. So try both codes and see which one is the better deal.

The FTDNA coupons work for all tests — autosomal, YDNA (the kind of DNA only men have that is passed down from father to son so is useful in researching our direct paternal line4) and mitochondrial (mtDNA, the kind we all have but that is inherited only from our mothers so is useful for studying our direct maternal line5).

And it looks like these coupons are good through August 15th. Head over to Family Tree DNA for more info or to order there.

So… what are you waiting for? C’mon… I need more cousins in these databases!


  1. Not that I’m looking forward to the FGS Alaska cruise in just a couple of weeks or anything…
  2. See ISOGG Wiki (, “Autosomal DNA,” rev. 30 June 2015.
  3. See Judy G. Russell, “Autosomal DNA testing,” National Genealogical Society Magazine, October-December 2011, 38-43.
  4. See ISOGG Wiki (, “Y chromosome DNA tests,” rev. 23 June 2015.
  5. See ibid., “Mitochondrial DNA tests”, rev. 15 May 2015.
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