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Summer sale announced

No, it isn’t DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist.

Instead, it’s Christmas in August.

Because Family Tree DNA has just announced its summer sale… and it’s a doozy.

sale.2016First off, there are package deals on a number of test combinations, all including the flagship Family Finder test. That test, remember, is an autosomal DNA test — the kind of DNA we all inherit from both parents and that helps us find cousins to work with on our genealogical research.1

Some of the combinations are just for the guys, because they include YDNA testing. YDNA, remember, is the kind of DNA that only men have and that’s passed from father to son to son so it tells us about our ancestry in our father’s father’s father’s line.2

Some of them the combinations include the Full Mitochondrial Sequence — and mitochondrial DNA (or mtDNA for short) is the kind that we all have but that’s passed down from a mother to all of her children, and then passed down to the next generation only by the daughters. So it tells us about our ancestry in our mother’s mother’s mother’s line.3 And they can be done either by men or women.

The YDNA combos include:

Y37 + Family Finder: usual price $268, sale price $238.

Y67 + Family Finder: usual price $367, sale price $337.

And on the mtDNA side, the combos are:

For the ladies: FMS + Family Finder: usual price $298, sale price $268.

For the guys: Comprehensive Genome (FF+Y67+FMS): usual price $566, sale price $538.

All of those are good. Just one word of warning: the bundled tests have to be used on one tester. Canceling part of the bundle means the price for what’s left goes back up to the full price.

But here’s the best part: if all you want is the Family Finder test, there’s a standalone price for that test, and by itself it’s a huge draw right now — the usual $99 test can be had for $69, plus shipping, during this summer sale.

The Family Finder test at Family Tree DNA has some unique advantages in the DNA testing world. A brand-new feature is the ability to separate matches into the paternal and maternal sides solely on the basis of the DNA results. Other testing companies won’t do this without having a parent tested in the database — an insurmountable hurdle for those of us whose parents have passed on. Family Tree DNA, however, will divide the matches based on siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles and more.

This new matching system alone makes it well worth being in the Family Tree DNA system, even if you’ve already tested elsewhere.

Christmas in August.


  1. See ISOGG Wiki (, “Autosomal DNA,” rev. 10 July 2016.
  2. ISOGG Wiki (, “Y chromosome DNA tests,” rev. 21 June 2016.
  3. ISOGG Wiki (, “Mitochondrial DNA tests,” rev. 27 June 2016.
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