04 January 2020

YEAH, FTDNA - Price Reduction for 2020

Now that the holiday sale is over, we expected the Family Tree DNA prices to rise to their former level, but NO! Here's the current prices!

  • Y-37  $119 (previously $169)
  • Y-111 $249 (previously $359)
  • BigY-700 $449 (previously $649). The BAM file must now be purchased as an add on for $100.
  • mtDNA full sequence $159 (previously $199)
  • Upgrade from Y-37 to Y-67, now $89
  • Upgrade form Y-37 to Y-111, now $139
  • Upgrade from Y-67 to Y-111, now $89
  • Upgrade from Y-37 to Big Y-700, now $339
  • Upgrade from Y-67 to Big Y-700, now $279
  • Upgrade from Y-111 to Big Y-700, now $239
  • Upgrade from Big Y-500 to Big Y-700, now $209
If you are stuck at a Y-12 or Y-25, know that the Y-25 no longer exists.
Upgrades for the Y-12 and Y-25 are:

Y-12 to Y-37, now $79
Y-12 to Y-67, now $149
Y-12 to Y-111, now $199
Y-12 to Big Y-700, now $399 (not including the BAM file)

Y-25 to Y-37, now $49
Y-25 to Y-67, now $119
Y-25 to Y-111, now $189
Y-25 to Big Y-700, now $389 (not including the BAM file

Family Finder is still $79, but when it is on sale there is very little profit, so that is understandable.

The bundle of a Y-37 and Family Finder saves you $9 and is now $189.

Shipping is now $9.95 U.S. and $12.95 for International.

I greatly encourage you to upgrade or test at the Y-37 level or higher. The Y-37 is now the very basic, and if you happen to be in a large haplogroup (your twig on the world family tree) such as R and I, your matches can be numerous and many may not show as each test level has its own maximum threshold. Therefore, by testing at a Y-67 you may find more matches that you would at a Y-37.

Also know that the mtDNA Plus no longer exists so there is now only the Full Sequence. This is also good as the mtDNA is slower to mutate so matches could be farther back in time, and the full mtDNA gives a clearer picture of who matches you. Again, if you are in a common haplogroup such as H and U, you may have hundreds of matches.

Remember, always contact and work with the matches who have the fewest genetic distances first. They will match you more closely in time than those with high genetic distances. (A genetic distance is the differences you and a match have on your test results. For example, if you and a match have a difference of 2 on one marker you have a genetic distance of 2. Zero is a perfect match. Allow the company to determine the genetic distance as some markers are calculated differently.)

The key to finding common ancestors for your matches is to have a ROBUST pedigree chart. Remember to use Genealogy Proof Standards (GPS) in creating your pedigree. AND...upload your tree to the website!!!

Thank you FTDNA for the New Year's gift!

SO...all of you out there, test and enjoy!
Remember, you could be my cousin...