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It’s a safe bet that a DNA test kit will be on plenty of holiday wishlists this year. After all, what’s a better gift than helping your loved ones learn more about themselves and their genealogy? If you want to get a head start on your shopping and know someone who has been eager to try one of these out (maybe you?), right now is an excellent time to buy, because Ancestry DNA is having a pre-Black Friday sale on their popular test kits.
Normally, an Ancestry DNA test kit will cost you $99, but starting today you can grab a kit for just $59, which is $40 in savings, on both the Ancestry DNA site and on Amazon. This is also only $10 more than the lowest price we’ve ever seen, which happened on Black Friday last year. While we suspect you might find the same 50% discount during Black Friday 2019, we can’t be certain. But we know this $40 price cut is here now and think it’s well worth the guarantee of saving a solid chunk of change.
Heard about Ancestry DNA but nervous to try it out yourself? Two of our employees took the test to find out how it works and if it’s worth it.
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With a database of over 15 million people worldwide and drawing from over 350 regions, Ancestry can help pinpoint your ethnic roots and maybe even find some long lost relatives. All you have to do is send in your kit with your swab of saliva, and in a few weeks you’ll receive a comprehensive report of your ethnicity estimates, ancestry migration patterns, and more. (And sending your kit in before the holiday surge will mean getting results faster too.)
For example, I got my sister a kit for Christmas last year, and we found out we had quite a diverse background, including 4% genetic material from the Iberian Peninsula, and 4% from the East Asia territory, in addition to our Jewish ancestry overlapping with people in Lithuania, Latvia, and Belarus. It was quite the conversation topic for the rest of Christmas vacation.
If you’d like to learn even more about your genetics, you can add on AncestryDNA Traits. This allows you to delve deeper into your DNA and learn how it influences your physical traits and characteristics, as well as see how they crop up in your ethnic groups and in regions around the world. So, for instance, you can find out whether your red hair comes from your Irish or Scandinavian relatives. During this sale, you can tack it on for just $10 more, instead of the normal $20 fee.
With all these options to further explore your family tree and find out more about what makes you unique, why not make like Lizzo and take that DNA test yourself? Or even save on a kit for someone else ahead of the holiday shopping rush!
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