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.
Current Pricing for Autosomal DNA Testing (as of 30 November 2017)
(Companies are listed in order of database size.)
|Company1,2||Price3||Database Size4||Processing Time5|
|AncestryDNA (USA), Ancestry.co.uk||$79||> 6 million||22 days|
|23andMe||$99 for Ancestry only; $169 for Ancestry + Health||> 3 million||24 days|
|MyHeritage||$59 (price good through January 22, 2018)||> 1 million||26 days|
|Family Tree DNA
|$79||≈ 550,000||41 days|
|Living DNA||$99 (normally $159)||unknown||61 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, unless noted.
4Click here for additional information on database sizes.
5Average time from mailing the test to the lab and receiving results; times based on user-submitted data from August–October 2017. You can contribute your own processing times by clicking 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. Living DNA has promised relative matching in the first half of 2018.
Family Tree DNA also offers Y-chromosome DNA (male line) and mitochondrial DNA (female line) testing, as well as group projects for specific surnames, geographic regions, and haplogroups. Prices for these tests are on sale through the end of 2017.
- Y-37 marker test (males only): $169
- Y-67 marker test (males only): $268
- Y-111 marker test (males only): $359
- Big Y test (males only): $575
- mtDNA Plus (mitochondrial DNA) test: $89
- mtFull Sequence (mitochondrial DNA) test: $199
Autosomal Testing Growth
Feel free to use the following graph in presentations to genealogy societies and DNA interest groups. It was last updated on 10 November 2017. The chart only includes databases that offer relative matching.
DNA Test Processing Times
Below is summary of processing times for tests completed September–December 2017. You can contribute your own processing times by clicking here.