FamilyTreeDNA: READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY a DNA test kit from FamilyTreeDNA!

Where will your DNA take you? Learn about your personal history and follow the path of your ancestors with FamilyTreeDNA’s industry-leading tests

Founded in 2000, FamilyTreeDNA pioneered the field of genetic genealogy—the use of DNA testing to establish relationships between individuals and determine ancestry. Over 2 million people have tested with FamilyTreeDNA, resulting in the most comprehensive DNA matching database in the industry.

EXTENDED! FamilyTreeDNA Summer Sale: Save up to $50 USD on a variety of DNA test kits!

EXTENDED FamilyTreeDNA Summer Sale: Save up to $50 USD on a variety of DNA test kits!

EXTENDED FamilyTreeDNA Summer Sale is HERE! Now through September 5th, you can save up to $50 USD on a variety of DNA test kits to help advance your genealogy and family history research! Click the image above to get started!


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  • Connect with Relatives – Our DNA test kit is equipped with interactive tools that track your genealogy, trace your lineage, and determine family connections. With our Family Matching and Chromosome Browser features, connect with your genetic relatives across the globe while also comparing the DNA segments that you share.
  • Explore Your Genetic History – Explore your origins further using the myOrigins Chromosome Painter feature. The myOrigins Chromosome Painter uses colors representing the populations in your myOrigins results to paint segments of your genome. Use the Chromosome Painter to see where each DNA segment in your ancestry comes from.
  • Explore Your Ancient Roots – Our DNA ancestry test kit unravels your ancient DNA and history. With ancientOrigins, find out the amount of autosomal DNA you carry from ancient European groups: Neolithic Hunter/Gatherers, Early Farmers, and Bronze-age Metal Invaders.
  • Convenient Self-Test Kit – Collect your samples in the comfort of your home! This non-invasive ancestry testing kit only requires a simple cheek swab. After extraction, mail your kit back using our return shipping envelope or, for US residents, our prepaid return shipping label.
  • Trusted and Secured Testing – Our DNA & ancestry tests are covered by our data privacy and terms of service policies. The DNA kit findings are also processed in our in-house laboratory by our team of experts.

Tips & Tricks for FamilyTreeDNA

Here are my tips and tricks on purchasing and using a DNA test kit from FamilyTreeDNA:

  • If you’re serious about family history you MUST take a FamilyTreeDNA test! Why? FamilyTreeDNA is the only major DNA test kit vendor that offers kits to test Y-DNA and mt-DNA. A test for biological males, Y-DNA is used to help answer questions about relatedness on the paternal male line. A test for both biological males and females, mtDNA is used to help answer questions about relatedness on the direct maternal line.
  • If you’re concerned about privacy, create a “burn” email account. FamilyTreeDNA DOES NOT have a great track record for protecting user privacy when it comes to working with law enforcement. Rather than allowing its customers to OPT IN to letting law enforcement use customer DNA data for criminal cold case research, there is only an OPT OUT policy.  I recommend this: initially don’t use your real name when creating an account AND use an email account that is not easily traced back to you. This means creating a new account at GMail, Hotmail, or other email websites. This adds an extra layer of privacy and allows you anonymity. Down the road you can choose to share your real information with other testers if you so choose.
  • Download your test results as soon as you are notified via email. The test results from a FamilyTreeDNA test kit are YOURS and you should follow the instructions online to download the file. Then make sure you backup the file and secure it.
  • Consider deleting your test results for complete privacy. If your goal is only to have DNA test results and you don’t want to engage with other FamilyTreeDNA users, then ask FamilyTreeDNA to delete your results and then close your account.
  • Purchase on Amazon Prime to save on shipping.  If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can get free 2-Day (and even free 1-Day) shipping for most DNA test kits including FamilyTreeDNA. Check the price . . . often the Amazon price will the same as the current promotional or sale price!
  • Upload your DNA test results from AncestryDNA® and other vendors. If you want access to the DNA tools at FamilyTreeDNA or if you want to connect with other DNA testers at FamilyTreeDNA, upload your test your test results. There is no fee to upload your results and access basic tools. However, you will have to pay a small, one-time fee, to access the premium tools

When is the best time to purchase FamilyTreeDNA?

Only recently have sales on DNA test kits been more commonplace. In the past, the big sale days were National DNA Day (April 25th), Black Friday (the 4th Friday of November) and Cyber-Monday (the Monday after the 4th Friday of November). Now you can find major sales during these periods:

  • January: New Year’s Day (especially in the UK)
  • February: Valentine’s Day
  • March: St. Patrick’s Day
  • April: Easter, National DNA Day (April 25th)
  • May: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day Weekend
  • June: Father’s Day
  • July: Canada Day (July 1st), Independence Day (July 4th)
  • August: Summer Sale
  • September: Labor Day
  • October: Family History Month
  • November: Black Friday, Cyber Monday
  • December: Holiday Shopping Season

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