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.

Autosomal DNA Test Prices (as of 20 April 2018 … expect more sales soon!)

(Companies are listed in order of database size. See below for pricing on Y-chromosome DNA and mitochondrial DNA tests.)

Company1,2 Price3 Database Size4 Processing Time5
AncestryDNA (USA), Ancestry.co.uk DNA DAY SALE!
US: $59 (normally $99; ends 29 April)
UK: £79
> 9 million 36 days
23andMe DNA DAY SALE!
$69
for Ancestry only (normally $99)
$139 for Ancestry + Health (normally $199; ends 25 April)
> 5 million 54 days
MyHeritage DNA DAY SALE!
$69 (normally $99; ends 25 April)
> 1 million 34 days
Family Tree DNA
Family Finder test
DNA DAY SALE!
$49 (normally $79; ends 28 April)
> 700,000 41 days
Living DNA DNA DAY SALE!
$79 (limited time; normally $159)
unknown 46 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. For pricing in other countries, click the relevant link: Australia, New Zealand.
4Click here for additional information on database sizes.
5Average time from mailing the test to the lab to receiving results; times based on user-submitted data from January–March 2018. 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.

 

Other Tests

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): $139 (normally $169)
  • Y-67 marker test (males only): $209 (normally $268)
  • Y-111 marker test (males only): $289 (normally $359)
  • Big Y-500 test (males only): $649 (normally $799)
  • mtDNA Plus (mitochondrial DNA) test: $89
  • mtFull Sequence (mitochondrial DNA) test: $149 (normally $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 20 April 2018. The chart only includes databases that offer relative matching.

 

 

 

DNA Test Processing Times

Below is graph of processing times for autosomal DNA tests completed July 2017–March 2018 (3-month rolling averages). Times are in days from the moment the test was dropped in the mail to when the results were returned. “N” is the total number of reports for that test.

You can contribute your own processing times by clicking here.

 

 

 

Average processing times (excluding shipping time) for other types of DNA tests reported from July 2017 through February 2018 are summarized below. There are not enough reported values for these tests to break the times down into 3-month averages.

 

You can contribute your own processing times by clicking here.