Current DNA Sales September 19, 2020

The major DNA Sales going on now: 1) 23andMe – sale price buy 2 or more kits (Ancestry + Traits or Ancestry + Health) in a single order, pay regular price on the first kit and get 20% discount on the additional kits. 2) LivingDNA sale still 30% off for Summer Sale – no word on when it ends. 3) MyHeritage if you order the MyHeritage kit offer sale $59.00 (still available as of September 19, 2020, regular price $199.00).

TeloYears offers 2 COVID-19 tests for sale – they are only available for bulk orders right now. We currently offer COVID-19 rRT-PCR testing by shipping collection kits in bulk to qualifying organizations such as clinics/physician practices, city and state governments, hospitals, nursing homes, employers, and health plans.  A discount if you buy both together. Helix offers a COVID-19 test. Vitagene offers a COVID-19 test if you qualify. However, you will need to meet the requirements to qualify for the test which aren’t easy. offers a free Coronavirus Health Assessment and a paid $34/use COVID-19 Severe Outcomes Genetic Analysis. FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) offers a CCR5 test for $39; if you have the mutations, you are a lot less likely to get COVID-19; it’s not a guarantee.

Over 1,400 words. If you are interested in a specific company, scroll down to it and see current price.

As always, check prices before you order! You can also check EBay and Amazon in case you find a lower price there, but make sure it’s for the same company and test. Some of the companies show an end date for their sale prices, but many don’t. Amazon loves to raise and lower prices on DNA tests on a somewhat regular basis, usually every few days for some of the major companies, bit less often for other companies. For EBay and Amazon purchases, always activate the test as soon as you get it to avoid problems.

Update to the last post: Current DNA Sales September 11, 2020. As of today, WeGene has not started selling $99.00 DNA kits. I check every few days since at some point I expect to see them offering this price.

Monthly DNA company list for September 2020 Current September 2020 DNA Companies September 1, 2020. That will cover many of the lesser known DNA companies or DNA companies that don’t offer sales too often.

23andMe: Ancestry + Trait (ethnicity), sale price buy 2 or more kits in a single order, pay regular price on the first kit and get 20% discount on the additional kits, regular price $99**; available as of September 19, 2020; Ancestry+Health  regular price  $199.00 (use 23andMe website link above); Ancestry + Health regular price $199, but can vary every couple of days so check Amazon); VIP Health + Ancestry regular price $499 (2 kits included, a point missed by those not reading the fine print) – not seeing it on Amazon.

AncestryDNA: –  regular price $99.00 for first kit, but sometimes additional kits in the same order are only $89 (basic AncestryDNA test – still valid as of September 19, 2020) – note this can vary as some days, the $89 offer isn’t available. On Amazon – (Basic AncestryDNA test) – regular price $99.00; (Ancestry Health – (Not Available in NY, NJ, RI, or Guam regular price $179.00, see link for price, depending on which kit you go with, appears to be slightly different from Ancestry+Traits as it’s a bit more expensive; Amazon AncestryDNA + Traits, (cheaper if you do an upgrade from a Basic AncestryDNA test) regular price $119.00 on Amazon. Ancestry Health Core: (Not Available in NY, NJ, RI, or Guam), regular price $179.00 – temporarily unavailable on Amazon. Check other vendors, but make sure you register the kit as soon as you get it if you go this route, on Amazon as sometimes they are cheaper than the listed Amazon price in the link. If you previously submitted a regular AncestryDNA kit, the upgrade to Health Core is only $99.00. The reason to activate immediately is in case someone used a stolen credit card to buy the kit before putting it on EBay or Amazon.

Dante LabsWhole Genome Sequencing: $599.00 regular price (8 week processing);  regular price $899 (2 week processing) – choose between 2 week turnaround or 8 week turnaround (2 week turnaround is more expensive); sale price varies as they now put three tests in the link – regular price varies depending on which test you click.  Whole GenomeZ – Whole Genome Sequencing for Advanced Diagnostics (130X + 30X)) – sale price $849.00, regular price $999.00 (8 week option), regular price $1,499.00 (2 week option).

DNAFit:  Sale prices, no date on when they end.

FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) – regular price $79.00 Amazon link: Amazon regular price $79.00. FTDNA offers mtDNA and Y-DNA testing. Prices as of September 19, 2020. CCR5 test available for $39 – may help determine if you are at a lower risk for getting COVID-19.

Regular prices:

Y-DNA Prices starting at $119.00
mtDNA Price. regular price $159.00

FindMyPastDNA (they use LivingDNA kits): price $89, although prices on LivingDNA vary, still showing Summer Sale prices up to 30% off as of September 19, 2020 (free shipping if you order 3+ kits in a single order, see chart below for prices) – kits on Amazon – two kits may or may not be available, – sale price $49.00 – currently unavailable as of September 19, 2020 – usually comes back in a reasonable time frame; – $79 sale price on Amazon – currently unavailable as of September 19, 2020 – usually comes back in a reasonable time frame. They accept free limited transfers from other DNA testing companies. The below prices are only available at LivingDNA.

DNA Starter Kit $49.00 + shipping – not on sale
DNA Ancestry Kit sale price $69 + shipping, regular price $99.00 + shipping
DNA Wellbeing Kit sale price $79 + shipping, regular price $129.00 + shipping
DNA Ancestry and Wellbeing Kit sale price $99 + shipping, regular price $179.00 + shipping

Regular prices:

DNA Starter Kit $49.00 + shipping
DNA Testing, Global Ancestry, DNA Matching, Nutrion Report, Fitness Insight
DNA Ancestry Kit $99.00 + shipping
Recent ancestry, Sub-regional ancestry, Your DNA today, Extended ancestry, DNA matching
DNA Wellbeing Kit $129.00 + shipping
Vitamin response, Food metabolism, Nutrition Ideas, Exercise, Recovery, Exercise Ideas
DNA Ancestry and Wellbeing Kit $179.00 + shipping
Combination of the Ancestry Kit and the Wellbeing Kit

Full Genomes Corporation: $15 Individual SNPs. Other options available.

Helix – some tests maybe on sale, but many aren’t (direct link to Helix list of most DNA tests offered, but it’s not the complete list as some are only listed in other parts of the Helix site). However, Helix sometimes does limited sales so check any test you are considering to see if it’s on sale. They offer a COVID-19 test, but see requirements for receiving it; tends to be limited to large orders from medical providers or similar agencies.

MyHeritageDNA – regular price $79.00; sale $59.00 (still available as of September 19, 2020, regular price $199.00); (still valid as of  September 19, 2020) sale price $50.00, regular price $79.00 with free shipping; Health regular price $199.00 – not showing on website unless you previously ordered a Health kit;  price on Amazon –, (currently unavailable as of September 19, 2020; regular price $199.00 with free shipping). GroupOn (for MyHeritageDNA only, not the Health add-on): $65.00 sale price – available as of September 19, 2020. MyHeritageDNA accepts free limited transfers from FTDNA as well as from AncestryDNA, LivingDNA, and 23andMe (including v5 chip now). Free limited transfer of raw data from many other DNA companies although if you have a paid MyHeritage subscription, the full upgrade is free.

Sequencing:; price varies (same as the LivingDNA starter kit for some tests). You need to sign up for 3 months of Silver, Gold, or Platinum membership (annual membership is cheaper, but if you are not sure you want to go that route, monthly membership is available. If you cancel before the third month, you will be charged a penalty). Better off ordering the kit on Amazon from the LivingDNA link above as you don’t need a 3-month subscription and get free shipping unless you want the extra reports provided by

You can take a free Coronavirus Health Assessment and a paid $34/use COVID-19 Severe Outcomes Genetic Analysis.

TeloYears regular prices for some things, but a limited time sale price for other things (price still valid as of September 19, 2020 although sale items vary from time to time). TeloYears Health regular price $99; TeloYears Health + Ancestry $169 (regular price $199, but seems to be a standard discount as opposed to a sale price). They also do the TribeCode tests. Not available on Amazon. Also offer 2 COVID-19 related tests. They are only available for bulk orders right now.

Vitagene: $89 sale price, regular price $99  (sale still going September 19, 2020). Also, check GroupOn – (switch from Wichita to your location). If you qualify, you can order a COVID-19 test from Vitagene.

Current sales:

Health Reports for diet, fitness, and supplementation + Ancestry + free 15 minute nutritional phojne consultation. Regular price $99; on sale for $89. Believe this is the same report available on Amazon: sale price $89.00 – coupon may be available, regular price $99.00 (available as of September 19, 2020, but usually shows back up on Amazon at some point)- price may or may not be cheaper on Amazon as they love to raise and lower the prices on a regular basis.


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Guardiome DNA Update – DNA Saturdays September 19, 2020

I haven’t done an update on Guardiome in a while – Guardiome DNA Update – DNA Saturdays May 16, 2020. Here’s the link to the website: They are now accepting orders, but the price is $1,299. Here’s what you get for your money. They don’t keep your information once they provide it to you.

You can get the same amount of information at several other websites much cheaper. I don’t know if the other companies keep your genetic information or their privacy policies. If you like your DNA privacy, this is a good price.

We use the Illumina NovaSeq6000 to sequence your genome at 30X coverage, generating the highest quality data possible. Next, our bioinformaticians convert your raw sequencing data (FASTQ) into standard formats (BAM and VCF) using the latest sequence analysis tools. We don’t cut corners.


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This Is Why I Have Chosen To Stay With WordPress — Renard’s World

Renard tells us his reasons for staying with WordPress.

This Is Why I Have Chosen To Stay With WordPress — Renard’s World

I am not a fan of what WordPress did with the new editor, but Renard sums it up best as to why I am staying with WordPress.

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FamilySearch Updates Its Genealogies Search Page – September 18, 2020

I saw this today on FamilySearch – FamilySearch Updates Its Genealogies Search Page: A lot more information on the article.

September 18, 2020  – by  Diane Sagers


For 125 years, the Genealogy Society of Utah and its successor, FamilySearch International, have collected genealogies submitted through earlier research programs or created by partners and other societies. These genealogies are available online in Genealogies under the Search tab on To further serve FamilySearch users, the Search options on the Genealogies search page have been updated.

Updates to the Genealogies Search Page

The landing page and results pages have been updated to make them more efficient and intuitive. The changes are summarized below.

Multiple Search Names

Rather than allowing for only a single, primary search name, it is now possible to search for alternate names a person may have used. For example, a woman’s name could be searched using her maiden and married names simultaneously.


Broad Searches Now the Standard

“Exact Search” check boxes no longer appear automatically by search fields. “Exact” searches limit the results to details that match input precisely—excluding records with spelling variations, indexing errors, or even minor difference in dates, often causing users to miss useful records.

However, exact searches can help narrow search results in some situations. To show the exact check boxes next to Name or Place entry fields, below the search fields, click the Show Exact Searches Fields option. Check the box next to a field to require an exact search for that field.


Filter Options above the List of Results

Filter options now appear above the table of results. Clicking filters opens pop-up lists with pertinent sub-options. For example, users can select from a list of countries in the Birthplace pop-up list; then, another pop-up gives locations within the selected country. Multiple filters can be applied simultaneously to narrow results. In addition, results can now be filtered by more than one value per field at the same time. For example, search results could be filtered to show only results with the death place as New York, in the United States, as well as the death place anywhere in Italy.


What Is the FamilySearch Genealogies Search Page?

FamilySearch’s Genealogies is a searchable collection of completed family trees from various sources. It also includes records that were previously submitted to FamilySearch under older programs, such as Personal Ancestral File. These records are held separately from the FamilySearch Family Tree and may hold valuable clues for current research.

Genealogies also includes recorded oral genealogies from cultures that typically pass their ancestry down by word of mouth rather than in written form. 

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Nansemond Land Tax Lists — a true relation

IT HAD SOMEHOW escaped me that the Nansemond Land Tax Lists for 1782-1861 were now digitized and freely available via FamilySearch. What a treasure trove of information, and for a so-called “burned county,” where multiple fires gutted the archives time and time again, most recently in 1866. I had previously relied on a site called […]

Nansemond Land Tax Lists — a true relation

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Genealogy Basics Chapter Five: Digitizing and Storing Photos and Documents – MyHeritage September 17, 2020

I saw this last night on MyHeritage – Genealogy Basics Chapter Five: Digitizing and Storing Photos and Documents: Chose to show a fair portion. I think it is important to also check the back as sometimes you will miss information if you don’t.

I haven’t figured out an easy way to get lists to show in quote blocks. Mine always show up outside the quote block.

by Talya · September 17, 2020  · Genealogy Basics

Welcome back to our Genealogy Basics series! In Chapter Four, we discussed what you can learn by examining old family photos carefully. In today’s post, we’ll talk about how to digitize and store your photos and documents.

Scanning and digitizing your documents is not just an easy way to preserve them for yourself and for future generations. It also makes it easier to organize, browse, and share files with other family members — and it means you can take advantage of online tools like MyHeritage In Color™ and the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer, which bring your old family photos to life with advanced colorization and photo enhancement technology. The Photo Enhancer brings blurry faces into sharp focus, bringing out details you may not have noticed otherwise, and it might even improve the clarity and readability of scanned documents.

How to digitize your photos

The gold standard of digitization is a high-quality scanner. However, these days, it’s easiest to simply use your smartphone or tablet. Most mobile devices are equipped with high-quality cameras that capture sharp, high-resolution images. MyHeritage’s mobile app has a built-in scanner that produces excellent-quality scans using your device’s camera — and saves the images directly to the relevant profile on your MyHeritage family tree. The app includes filters that enhance the image, sometimes even making documents more legible or photographs more vivid. You can learn more about how to use the MyHeritage mobile app scanner here.

Best practices for digitization
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Happy Belated 73rd Birthday U. S. Air Force – September 18, 2020

I was checking my list of military unit and branch birthdays today and noticed I had missed the Air Force‘s Birthday yesterday. Here’s the article – It’s a longer article, with a slideshow and some photos.

Air Force Birthday

The U.S. Air Force was officially founded on 18 September 1947, and in the decades since it has established itself as an air force second-to-none.

Yet the Air Force’s history and heritage goes back the turn of the twentieth century.

Between 1909 — when that the US military purchased its first aircraft — and 1947, the U.S. Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designations: Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909); Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914); United States Army Air Service (1918); United States Army Air Corps (1926), and United States Army Air Forces (1941).

WWII illustrated the value of airpower, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces. The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs. In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. 

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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor – YouTube Video Pacific Aviation Museum

I saw this on YouTube –

Direct link: Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor (about 7:38 minutes long) different video than earlier one

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A New View of Jupiter’s Storms – NASA September 17, 2020 – Space Saturdays September 19, 2020

I saw this announcement last night on NASA – A New View of Jupiter’s Storms: The article also has a photo of Jupiter. The article is longer, but thought to cut it to keep it brief. Worth a read if you are into things space-related.

This latest image of Jupiter, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on Aug. 25, 2020, was captured when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. Hubble’s sharp view is giving researchers an updated weather report on the monster planet’s turbulent atmosphere, including a remarkable new storm brewing, and a cousin of the famous Great Red Spot region gearing up to change color – again.

While it’s common for storms to pop up in this region every six years or so, often with multiple storms at once, the timing of the Hubble observations is perfect for showing the structure in the wake of the disturbance, during the early stages of its evolution. Trailing behind the plume are small, rounded features with complex “red, white, and blue” colors in Hubble’s ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light image. Such discrete features typically dissipate on Jupiter, leaving behind only changes in cloud colors and wind speeds, but a similar storm on Saturn led to a long-lasting vortex. The differences in the aftermaths of Jupiter and Saturn storms may be related to the contrasting water abundances in their atmospheres, since water vapor may govern the massive amount of stored-up energy that can be released by these storm eruptions.

Hubble shows that the Great Red Spot, rolling counterclockwise in the planet’s southern hemisphere, is plowing into the clouds ahead of it, forming a cascade of white and beige ribbons. The Great Red Spot is currently an exceptionally rich red color, with its core and outermost band appearing deeper red.

Researchers say the Great Red Spot now measures about 9,800 miles across, big enough to swallow Earth. The super-storm is still shrinking as noted in telescopic observations dating back to 1930, but the reason for its dwindling size is a complete mystery.

Another feature researchers are noticing has changed is Oval BA, nicknamed by astronomers as Red Spot Jr., which appears just below the Great Red Spot in this image. For the past few years, Red Spot Jr. has been fading in color to its original shade of white after appearing red in 2006. However, now the core of this storm appears to be darkening slightly. This could hint that Red Spot Jr. is on its way to turning to a color more similar to its cousin once again.


Last Updated: Sept. 17, 2020
Editor: Brian Dunbar

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Been an Interesting Day – September 18, 2020

I was able to work around the issues of Internet access for the most part. I scheduled the rest of the posts for tonight and the first four posts for tomorrow. I also scheduled YouTube videos through Monday. I figured some shortcuts that work faster if I copy posts. Surprisingly, doing a copy post using open a new browser worked better than expected. Still having problems on my phone with re-blog posts as it’s gotten worse on my one phone. I could see if it was using the Wi-Fi connection, but it’s using LTE. Been getting a lot of copy posts on the phone where it creates a blank post. Think I had to do it a half dozen times to get one to finally pull up the re-blog.

I may go to the genealogy society tomorrow as their Internet should work better. It’s only open 2 hours for now twice a week. It uses a Wi-Fi connection that works as long as only a handful of people are on it at a time. Once too many get on it, others can’t join. I am talking around six people. It uses a TechSoup modem and yearly plan. TechSoup is a great option for nonprofits. If you know of a nonprofit that needs cheap Internet, you may encourage them to check out TechSoup. The modem wasn’t that expensive and I believe the yearly Internet access cost was in the neighborhood of less than $120.

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