A number of reputable companies offer DNA tests for genealogical purposes. As a service to the genetic genealogy community, I maintain a list of current prices and some comparative information about the companies here. (Note: I earn a small commission if you purchase through some of the links on this page. The cost is the same for you. Click here for more information.)
Current Pricing for Autosomal DNA Testing
(Companies are listed in order of database size.)
|Company1,2||Price3||Database Size4||Processing Time5|
|AncestryDNA||$79 (normally $99)||> 5 million||21.5 days|
|23andMe||$99/$199 (Ancestry only/Ancestry + Health)||> 2 million||30.4 days|
|Family Tree DNA Family Finder||$69 (normally $89)||≈ 500,000||22.3 days|
|MyHeritage||$69 until 10 Oct (normally $99)||≈ 50,000||unknown|
|Living DNA||$99 (normally $159)||unknown||77 days|
1For advice on where to test, click here. While written for adoptees, the advice in this post applies to most genealogy situations.
2Raw DNA data can often be transferred from one company to another for free. For more information, click here.
3Prices are for the U.S. market.
4Click here for additional information.
5Average time from mailing the test to the lab and receiving results; times based on a user survey. You can contribute your own processing times by clicking here and view all of the submissions here.
AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage all offer both ethnicity estimates and a list of relatives who share DNA with you. Other labs, such as Living DNA, the National Geographic Genographic Project, and Genes for Good, do similar DNA tests but do not currently match you to relatives.
Family Tree DNA also offers Y-chromosome DNA (male line) and mitochondrial DNA (female line) testing.
Autosomal Testing Growth
Feel free to use the following graph in presentations to genealogy societies and DNA interest groups. It was last updated in August 2017.
DNA Test Processing Times
Below is summary of processing times for tests completed since July 1 2017.