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How Much is DNA Testing?

Are you wondering how much it costs to do a DNA test?  So many people are under the impression that doing a genealogical DNA test is too expensive, but I am happy to say that this is not always true.  There are reasonably priced DNA kits, and easy ways to make sure that you get the most for your money.

Doing an Ancestry DNA test has been the start of an amazing learning process for me, and I recommend it without reservation to anyone who is able to do one.

How Much is DNA Testing for Family Tree and Ethnicity?

You will generally be able to find DNA tests priced between $59 and $199, depending on what kind of test you are looking for, and which company you choose to do your testing with.

There are a few different types of DNA tests and you can learn different information from each one.  Depending on the test that you choose, you can learn the following from doing the test:

  • Find out your ethnicity estimates going back as far as 300-500 years, approximately
  • Find new family by comparing your DNA with all of the other DNA kits in their company’s database
  • Determine which genetic communities you belong to
  • Learn about your Y-DNA and your mtDNA
  • Learn about the health information contained in your DNA
  • Deep ancestry- more than 500 years ago

Are you interesting in a DNA price and feature comparison?  Check out this graphic:

Solve your DNA Mystery Ebook
DNA Test Chart Comparing Prices and Features

Which is the Best DNA Test?

This is a tough question to answer, since it really depends on what you are looking for.   That said, for those who are searching for new DNA family members, you will want to have access to the largest database available.  For that purpose, Ancestry DNA is the superior choice.  I personally have found that Ancestry DNA offers a good balance of price and features, since I am also building my family tree and find that it is very convenient to have all of those capabilities on one website.

If you are only interested in ethnicity and health information, but still want the possibility of finding new family, 23 and Me is a good choice – even though most medical professionals insist that there is limited value in knowing this type of genetic information at this point.  For the more scientific-minded, the National Geographic DNA test is nice.  With this test, you can also upload your DNA to Family Tree DNA to access their family finder database – kind of the best of both worlds, if you will.


I hope that you do decide to take a DNA test and that you enjoy it as much as I have.  If you have any questions, comments, or anything to add, I would love to hear from you in the comments.

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