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Looking for a way to feel closer to your family while in isolation? Just in time for Mother’s Day, AncestryDNA is allowing you to discover all kinds of fascinating things you never knew about your ethnic roots and family tree with price slashes on two of its most popular kits.
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From today through Sunday, May 10, you can get a standard AncestryDNA test for $59 instead of its usual $99 for a savings of $40. Additionally, you can get the AncestryHealth Core kit, which is essentially the same as the standard kit with added insights into your health, for just $99. This is a $50 discount from its typical $149 price tag (note: AncestryHealthCore is not available for sale in New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island).
How to use AncestryDNA
The process for collecting your sample is pretty straightforward: Once you get your kit, all you have to do to get started is fill a special tube, which is included with the kit, with liquid saliva. The company provides a pre-packed mailer for you to return your sample to its lab. Literally, it’s that simple, people.
It takes a few weeks to get your full report back, but once you do, you’ll gain access to tons of data including your ethnicity, ancestry migration patterns and more. With a database of more than 15 million people internationally, AncestryDNA draws from more than 350 regions around the world to give you the most accurate insights into your familial heritage.
If you really want to have fun, you can even build out your family tree using the ThruLines feature, which is available with an added AncestryDNA membership for an additional $19.99 per month. This extra membership allows you to comb through Ancestry’s vast records library to track down information about your ancestors.
I signed up for this service earlier this year, and when I started digging, I was amazed at the breadth of information I suddenly had at my fingertips. Not only could I see everything from birth and death certificates, I was able to discover a lot more that I wasn’t expecting, like the exact date when my great-grandmother sailed from Glasgow, Scotland to Ellis Island in the 1920s.
Another fun fact I learned while doing this research? Unfortunately, I’m a direct descendant of Thomas and Ann Carr Putnam on my mother’s side, who were two of the main accusers during the Salem Witch Trials (and two of the biggest jerks in early American history, if you ask me).
Best of all, I was able to cancel my membership without any hassles and I still have my full family tree—none of that information was lost just because I stopped paying the monthly fee. And, because Ancestry is constantly refining its results as more people use the service (meaning DNA test results are subject to slight changes over time), there’s always an excuse to hop back in and take another look at what’s been found down the road.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift or you’re just interested in learning more about your DNA, these Ancestry deals are a great opportunity to dive right in and discover more about the past, plus save a little money in the process, too.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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