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DNA Testing Sales and Deals

The more people that get tested, the more chances you have of ethnicity samples becoming more accurate, and the more chances you have of finding cousins.  If you have had your DNA tested, look back at the results a couple of times per year, you may find more accurate results just from more data being added from new testers. You will not have to pay again.
Or you can pay about $39 to have a DNA test from another company transferred to Family Tree DNA.  The more companies you test at, the greater your chances of having a match with a cousin. 
And information from YourDNAGuide.com about another free option to share your DNA tests.  Download your results to Gedmatch.com   to compare with more users.   GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. Most tools are free.  Read how to do it in the second part below:


DNA Testing Sales and Deals



There are so many DNA Deals we had to add a special page for them all. I have to tell you I haven’t met a DNA test that I didn’t like and I’ve tested with every one of these companies. Take advantage of the Father’s Day Specials; for yourself, your dad, your uncle, your aunt. Tell everyone to test, because I’m always looking for cousins.

AncestryDNA (Canada) Get $20 off their DNA kits.  Click HERE

 AncestryDNA (US) Get 20% off their DNA kits.  Click HERE

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Save as much as 20% off their DNA kits. Click HERE

MyHeritage Save $20 off their DNA kits. Click HERE

23andMe – Get your genealogy and medical DNA information. Save $50.  Click HERE 

Living DNA Save $40 off their DNA kits Click HERE




Gedmatch can be a great place to collaborate with others who have been tested at other companies and gain access to more genetic tools to try to figure out how you are related to others.

It is a FREE (yes, FREE!) service provided by very intelligent and motivated genetic genealogists. Anyone with genetic genealogy test results from 23andMe, FTDNA.com (the Family Finder test), and Ancestry.com.

1. Head over to www.Gedmatch.com and click on “New User.”


Foundations in DNA Webinars at BPL

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

(SGS) Stateline Genealogy Sorter

May 31, 2017

Foundations in DNA Webinars at BPL

Join us in just over a week for the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program on DNA – Second Friday of the month, June 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. – noon.

We will be viewing one, or two, Legacy Family Tree webinars by Blaine Bettinger on DNA:

Foundations in DNA – Part 1 Genealogy and DNA

Foundations in DNA – Part 2 DNA Overview

The 3 DNA testing companies do not share their results, but you can upload your data to GEDmatch.com which is one large database.


Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research
GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. Most tools are free, but we do provide some premium tools for users who wish to help support us with contributions. You will need to upload DNA and / or genealogical (GEDCOM) data to make use of the tools here. Registration requires your name, email and password. Click HERE to register.

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Boost your family history with genealogical DNA testing! 5 Common Genetic Genealogy Myths

Boost your family history with genealogical DNA testing!
May 15, 2015

Tyler Moss
Online Editor
Family Tree University

Genetic Genealogy 101

Note from the Dean

There’s little doubt that DNA testing is an excellent supplement to your family history research. Attend a genealogy conference like RootsTech and you’ll notice genetic genealogy booths everywhere, and any number of headlining presenters trying to break down the topic for a wider audience.

And that’s just the problem. No matter what way you wrap it, DNA is complex and complicated. In order to understand which test is right for you, what you can (and can’t) expect to learn, and how it can be applied to your research takes careful planning-after all, these tests can be a big investment in both time and money. Heck, I work for Family Tree Magazine and readily admit that there are still elements I find flummoxing.

Which is why Blaine Bettinger, author of the Genetic Genealogist blog, teaches the most popular course in our catalog: Genetic Genealogy 101. Plus, Blaine will be on hand all four weeks to answer your questions and help you through the whole process. If you’ve been thinking of adding DNA to your family research for a while, I seriously implore you to consider the course: It will be worth your while!

Course Details: Genetic Genealogy 101

Date: 5/18 – 6/12

Length: 4 weeks
Price: $99.99
Instructor: Blaine Bettinger

• What genetic genealogy is and how it works
• How DNA can help your family research
• What different types of DNA tests there are, and what you can learn from each one
• How to avoid common genetic genealogy misconceptions

•How mtDNA, Y-DNA and atDNA figure into your family history
•What tests are available-AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and more-and which one is right for you
•How genetic genealogy can be used to bust through brick walls

Register Now


5 Common Genetic Genealogy Myths

May 15, 2015
Tyler Moss, Online Editor Family Tree University.

Although genetic genealogy can add valuable information to your family tree, it does have some limitations. To help you understand the benefits and limitations of genetic genealogy testing, here are a few of the most common misunderstandings. Mastering these will help you avoid the most common mistakes that beginner genetic genealogists make.

1. A DNA test can fill in my family tree.

Although DNA testing is powerful, it is merely one of many tools in the genealogist’s toolbox. DNA test results alone cannot fill in your family tree or break through your brick walls. For example, although a test can determine the genetic relatedness of two or more individuals, it usually cannot reveal the exact genealogical relationship between those individuals.
2. I’d like to take a DNA test, but I’m terrified of needles.

Good news! Although DNA used to be obtained by taking blood, getting a DNA sample now is as simple as spitting in a tube or swabbing the inside of your cheek!

3. I’d like to test my great-grandfather’s DNA, but he died years ago.

You don’t need to exhume your ancestor to get useful information from a genetic genealogy test! Genetic genealogists use their own DNA to learn about their ancestors. For example, a man’s Y-DNA was given to him by his father, who received it from his father, and so on back through time. And every one of us has autosomal DNA that we inherited from our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond.

4. Since I’m a woman, I can’t learn about my deceased father’s Y-DNA.

Although as a woman you did not inherit your father’s Y chromosome, there is a very good chance that there is another living source of that Y-DNA. For instance, do you have a brother who would have inherited Y-DNA from your father? Or does your father have a living brother? There are usually several different sources for the DNA you’re looking for; to identify those sources you’ll need to understand how Y-DNA is passed from one generation to the next.

5. DNA testing will reveal medical information about me.

With the exception of companies that intentionally test for medical data, most genetic genealogy testing does not uncover or share any important health information about the test-taker. However, test-takers should understand that some limited medical information can inadvertently be revealed by a genetic genealogy test, especially as new scientific discoveries uncover previously unknown connections between health and DNA.

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