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 16 March 2018)

(Companies are listed in order of database size.)

Company1,2 Price3 Database Size4 Processing Time5
AncestryDNA (USA), Ancestry.co.uk US: $79
Ireland: €95
UK: £79
> 7 million 28 days
23andMe $99 for Ancestry only; $199 for Ancestry + Health > 5 million 38 days
MyHeritage $69 (normally $99) > 1 million 35 days
Family Tree DNA
Family Finder test
$79 > 700,000 37 days
Living DNA $99 (normally $159) unknown 48 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 to receiving results; times based on user-submitted data from December 2017–February 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): $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 graph of processing times for autosomal DNA tests completed July 2017–February 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.


You can contribute your own processing times by clicking here.