You'll have to come back later to see the rest of this page which is still being worked on! I've added the data I have so far in the table at the base of this page but please be aware that the data is a snapshot in time and you should confirm the information at the website given. The prices shown are for individual tests and better deals may be available for multiple tests. More sites will be added as I find them. The table is in no particular order and a sites presence does not imply a recommendation.
Unfortunately the 'free DNA tests' previously available from the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF)* (a previously free kit for analysing your DNA using a 38 marker Y-chromosome test and a HVR 1-3 Mitochondrial test.) is no longer available except in the countries listed below
The kit is available for those who have ancestors in the following countries:
- All Eastern European countries
- North Africa
Please contact SMGF at. for details but be aware that kits may take a while to arrive after you request them.
The disadvantage of the SMGF test is that you won't get the results posted back to you. Instead you must wait until the results appear in the database which can take several months since the processing is done in batches and the family tree charts are checked before being added to the database.
SMGF have reached their target of 100,000 DNA tests which is why the free Worldwide test has been withdrawn. A reduced price test is still available to those who still wish to contribute to their project. If you've already submitted a DNA sample to SMGF and would like a detailed personal report then this can be obtained at a greatly reduced price from GeneTree who now do SMGF's testing.
What to look for when choosing a DNA testing centre
- Does the site show examples of the information you will receive? If not - would you buy a new car without looking at it?
- Does the site explain the meaning of the results to your satisfaction?
- Does the site explain how the results they supply will be of use to you?
- Does the site explain exactly what will be tested - which markers and how many there are?
- Does the site explain what will happen to the DNA sample after it has been tested?
- Once you supply a DNA sample, do you still retain ownership of it?
|DNA Tester||Y-chromosome price (markers)||mtDNA (markers)||Autosomal (markers)||X-chromosome price||Y-chromosome Marker
tests (more is better)
|mtDNA HVR Markers tested
(more is better)
|DNA Worldwide||£169.95 (25)||£149.95 (1&2)||Offered £?||Offered £?||12,25,37,65||1, 2||Germany/
|Genebase||$119.00/£59 (20)||$189.00/£95 (1&2)||$99.00||Not available||20,44,67,91||1,2||Canada||$12.00||Vancouver/
|DNA Heritage||$137.77 (23)||$159.00||Not available||Not available||23,43||1,2,3||US/UK||Free||
|$179 (?)||Not available||Not available||33,46||1,2,3||US||Free|
|Roots for Real||$290.00/£195 (10?)||$290.00/£195 (?)||$290.00/£195 (16)||Not available||10?||?||US/UK||Free||Cambridge, England|
|DNA Testing||$310.00 (37)||$400.00 (1&2)||$250.00 (14)||Not available||13,37,43||1&2||US||Free||Phoenix, Az|
|GeneTree||$149.00 (33)||$179.00 (1,2,3)||Not available||Not available||33,46||1,2,3||US||Free||Salt Lake City, Ut|
|SMGF*||Free (38)||Free (1,2 3)||Free||Not available||38||1,2,3||US||Kit - Free||Salt Lake City, Ut|
$399.00 (175 SNPs)
£299.00 (175 SNPs)
|Family Tree DNA||$149 (37)||$149 (1&2)||$184 (15)
|$161 (17)||12,37,67||1,2,3||US||$4.00||Houston, Tx|
$399 (2000 SNPs)
|Not detailed||?||?||US||Free in US||Mountain View, Ca|
|DNA Diagnostics Center||$210.00 (?)||$395.00 (?)||Not stated||Not stated||?||?||US||$35.00 collection fee||Fairfield, Oh|
|Genelex||$295.00 (26)||$345.00 (1&2)||Not offered||Not offered||26||1,2||US||Free||Seattle, Wa|
|African Ancestry||$299 (?)||$299 (1)||Not offered||Not offered||?||1||US||Fre in US||?|
* See above
2 Price includes health related DNA items