DNA Day is back again! Held annually on 25 April around the world, although it did start out as a US-only thing and was called National DNA Day. What is now known as International DNA Day, World DNA Day or just simply DNA Day (although it still seems to be largely known as National DNA Day in the US), started back in 2003 and is held annually, with celebrations being organised by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). It is a day to commemorate the anniversary of James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery (and published article) of the Double Helix, as well as the completion of the Genome Project which took 13 years to complete.
There’s no doubt that genealogy and DNA work well together, but remember, one doesn’t simply replace the other, you need the paperwork and genetics to back each other up.
Anyway to celebrate DNA Day, we have some highlights and specials for you. So if you’ve been holding out to get a DNA kit for yourself or other family members, or a guidebook to help you understand it all, now’s a great time to do so.
ANCESTRYDNA – ON SALE (save $30) sale ends 28 April 2019
An AncestryDNA test allows you to uncover your ethnic mix, discover distant relatives, and find new details about your unique family history with a simple DNA test. AncestryDNA has the largest consumer DNA database, with 10 million people who have tested already.
FAMILY TREE DNA (FTDNA) – ON SALE (save from $30 to $200) sale ends 25 April 2019
Family Tree DNA have the most comprehensive Y chromosome, autosomal, and mitochondrial ancestry DNA database for genetic genealogists! You can choose from their Family Finder, Y-DNA, or mtDNA kits, all on sale for DNA Day.
FINDMYPAST DNA – ON SALE (save $34) sale ends 16 May 2019
Take the DNA test that can reveal more about your ancestry than any other. Discover the British and Irish regions you descend from, and unearth the records you need to explore your family story.
LIVING DNA – ON SALE (save $50) sale ends 28 April 2019
Living DNA shows you your DNA mix across 80 world regions, including Britain and Ireland which are broken down 21 regions. Living DNA also puts your ancestry into context showing your breakdown today (going back up to 10 generations), and also the spread of your ancestors at different points in history, showing how we are all connected. This 3-in-1 test gives you not only your ethnic breakdown, but follow the Motherline and trace your origins back via your maternal ancestors and see how they moved around the world over thousands of years. While the Fatherline will show you the journey that your paternal ancestors travelled as they spread out and moved across the globe.
MYHERITAGE DNA – ON SALE (save $21) sale ends 28 April 2019
The places your ancestors called home are encoded in your DNA. Ethnic groups historically come from the same geographic regions and draw from a local gene pool. MyHeritage analyse your DNA to determine which portions are estimated to originate from each of our 42 supported ethnicities — the largest number offered by any major DNA testing service. They will search for people whose DNA matches yours, as well as providing details of the percentage of DNA you share with your matches, which show how closely related you are.
THE FAMILY TREE GUIDE TO DNA TESTING AND GENETIC GENEALOGY – ON SALE (save 15%)
Written by Blaine Bettinger, one of the world’s top genetic genealogists, this book allows you to unlock the secrets in your DNA! This plain-English guide is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy. Using this book you’ll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, plus the methodologies and pros and cons of the three major testing companies and advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions. And once you’ve taken a DNA test, this guide will demystify the often-overwhelming subject and explain how to interpret DNA test results, including how to understand ethnicity estimates and haplogroup designations, navigate suggested cousin matches, and use third-party tools like GEDmatch to further analyse your data.
DNA HANDY GUIDE BUNDLE – ON SALE (buy 5 for the price of 4) sale ends 28 April 2019
There’s a lot to DNA, and understanding it. From the basics of terminology and science, to GEDmatch, to mapping, to creating a testing plan – all of these are important facets to know when following the DNA trail. This bundle of DNA related Handy Guides is grouped together at a very special price. Buy all 5, for the price of 4.
CONNECTED DNA – ON SALE (save 20%) sale ends 28 April 2019
Connected DNA gives you a fresh view of DNA cousin matches. What if, instead of working through lists, you could see your DNA matches and their connections laid out in a picture? Connected DNA offers you graphs which highlight your matches. And as a special for DNA Day they’re offering 20% discount. Be sure to use the code: DNADay2019 when ordering.