DNA research can be expensive.  This is a quick look at some of the more common DNA services that you might want to consider.  The prices should be checked at their website for possible updates.  You should read our post on the pros and cons of using DNA technology in your genealogy quest.

  • AncestryDNA: Price: AncestryDNA offers its test for around $99, but they often have discounts and promotions, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for those. Results: AncestryDNA provides detailed ethnicity estimates, connecting you with potential relatives through their extensive database, and allowing you to build your family tree. They also offer additional features like AncestryHealth for an extra cost, which provides health-related insights.


  • 23andMe: Price: 23andMe offers two main options: Ancestry + Traits for around $99 and Health + Ancestry for around $199. Results: The Ancestry + Traits test provides ethnicity estimates, DNA relative matching, and interesting trait reports. The Health + Ancestry test includes all the features of the basic test along with health-related information, carrier status for genetic conditions, wellness reports, and more.


  • MyHeritage DNA: Price: MyHeritage DNA offers its test for around $79, but they also frequently run special promotions and discounts. Results: MyHeritage DNA provides ethnicity estimates, DNA matching with relatives, and integration with their extensive genealogical database. They offer a comprehensive family tree-building platform and provide useful tools for genealogy research.


  • Living DNA: Price: Living DNA offers two main options: Ancestry for around $79 and Ancestry + Wellbeing for around $129. Results: The Ancestry test provides detailed ethnicity estimates and the ability to connect with relatives. The Ancestry + Wellbeing test adds insights into how your DNA affects your wellness, such as diet and exercise recommendations based on your genetic profile.


  • FamilyTreeDNA: Price: FamilyTreeDNA offers various testing options, with prices ranging from around $79 to $199, depending on the level of detail and features you choose. Results: FamilyTreeDNA provides ethnicity estimates, DNA matching, and integration with their genealogical database. They also offer specialized tests for deep ancestry research and Y-DNA and mtDNA testing for paternal and maternal lineages.

It’s important to note that prices may vary depending on any ongoing promotions or discounts offered by these companies.

Additionally, the results and features mentioned here are subject to change as companies update their offerings. It’s always a good idea to visit the official websites of these testing services to get the most accurate and up-to-date information before making a decision.