Ancestry DNA and My Heritage DNA Sale Prices Announced

Ancestry has lowered its price to $59 for its DNA kit and MyHeritage has lowered its price to $69 (on sale at Amazon for $68 with free shipping). No word on FTDNA (FamilyTree DNA) yet, but it typically offers sale prices for DNA Day. Regular prices for Ancestry and MyHeritage DNA kits are $99, but have dropped as low as $49 in the past. At least one blogger anticipates 23andMe also joining the DNA Day sale and I believe they are most likely correct. So far, Ancestry’s price is still unchanged on Amazon, but it should go down once Amazon has been notified of the sale price.

You can also check Buy It Now and Auction prices for the various DNA kits on EBay as they are often cheaper there. The Buy It Now are the better deal much of the time as Auction prices tend to exceed the Buy It Now prices in general. There are exceptions and the risk of waiting for an auction price to be lower is missing out on a lower Buy It Now price. EBay is buyer friendly so if you have any problems with a kit you buy on EBay, you are covered. However, you need to activate the kit as soon as you get it in case you have problems.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Me

Apparently, I developed this condition, Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), many years ago and didn’t know it. It would flare up every 5 or 6 years for a couple of months, then go dormant. The original diagnosis was either tendonitis or bursitis and presently mostly as major left shoulder pain, depending on which doctor I went to. In January 2017, it flared up again and didn’t go away. The pain got bad enough that I went to the E.R. on a week-end, something I avoid as E.R. visits on week-ends tend to be a bad mix.

They referred me to my general physician who eventually sent me to several months of Physical Therapy (P.T.) a couple of times a week. The P.T. guy (Jim) figured out in my first visit it wasn’t shoulder pain as he did stuff to my shoulder that would have me on the ground in tears if it had been shoulder related. Eventually, my doctor sent me to have an MRI and at that point, it was determined that AS was my diagnosis. The doctor wasn’t nice enough to share the specific diagnosis, other than mentioning neck arthritis and 3 pinched nerves (C3 – C7 area). I had to find out the diagnosis when my doctor referred me to a neurosurgeon as my doctor felt surgery was the only option. I had to get a copy of the MRI to take the neurosurgeon and it included a typed summary of the diagnosis which I read. The neurosurgeon left it to me on the surgery issue. I chose to decide against it and treat it as a last resort option. In the meantime, I joined a number of AS groups on Facebook and did as much research as I could on the subject. From the description, I suspect my earlier shoulder pain issues were AS that was presenting as shoulder pain, but originating in the neck area.

I am doing what I can to alleviate the pain without resorting to painkillers as my system develops a tolerance for medicine. They did give me a shot in the neck that made the pain bearable for around 6 months. My goal is to have them try it again since it can take several injections to make a long-term difference. My pain tends to be medium most days with some flare-ups to high and times where it’s barely noticeable. I recently started riding a bike as my car decided to act up and I don’t trust it to last much longer. The bike is helping some with the AS and I am getting used to riding again. I used to ride 15 miles each way to work back in the late 1980s and I am slowly working my way back up to 3 miles as that will give me access to a grocery store, convenience store,  and a few other stores in the area. It will also get me to my doctor who is about 2.5 miles from my house. For visits outside this area, I am hoping to get my endurance high enough that I can bike past the 3 mile limit in time.

If you know anybody who has AS, there are plenty of Facebook groups available and they range from traditional medicine approaches to natural approaches to a mix of the two. My goal is to find what works best for me in terms of treatment. It may be spiritual, surgery, natural, exercise, something else, or most likely a combination of the above. I am in the process of seeing about a referral to an expert in AS as I believe they are (hopefully) better trained in dealing with the condition and may have solutions or suggestions that I don’t know about.


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Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Y-500 Update

Updated April 20, 2018 –  Big-Y shows as completed yesterday, but checking to see if it has updated.

I mentioned in a Facebook post about Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) was in the process of doing Y-500 for those who did the Big-Y and Y-111 STRs. When I checked yesterday, I didn’t have any tests in progress. Today, I have pending results.

Awaiting Lab Results

Awaiting Tests
Tests Lab Procedure Batch Expected Notes
Big Y Y500 545

Don’t know how long it will take for my results to be posted, but looking forward to it.

The Y 500 project was mentioned a while back in a blog post – It will be interesting to see how it turns out as I submitted my results to YFull a long time ago and they showed around 490 Y-DNA STR markers.

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Latest Update on Guardiome DNA Website

In January 2018, the site was showing check back in February 2018 for an update. Come February, they moved the date back to March. In March, they moved the date back to April. As of a few minutes ago, the latest date has been pushed back to June 2018. That’s not a good sign. If they plan on closing down, it would be nice if they went ahead and let people know. If they actually plan on starting over, then choose a date that’s far enough out that it can be met. Pushing back a month here, a month there, and now two months does not inspire confidence in your company. This is almost 6 months of delays on getting their site back up.

Evolving …

Come back for Guardiome v2.0 on June 1st 2018.

I e-mailed them a few minutes ago so hopefully they will respond.

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Happy Birthday to My Daughter, Karrlita

It’s hard to believe it’s been that long ago, but in the wee hours of the morning (okay, not so wee, but the first trip to the E.R. was in the wee hours of the morning), my daughter was born. She was 6 weeks premature and she spent five weeks between two hospitals before we could bring her home. I learned a lot about what the hospital missed on our first visit where they determined that my (now) ex wasn’t having labor pains. Turns out back labor doesn’t always register on the monitor they attached her to. Had they checked for dilation (something I didn’t know they should have checked) at 4:30 A.M., I am confident they would have seen dilation enough to warrant keeping her. I was also not familiar with the term “crowning” although I became familiar with the term after five weeks of visiting with other parents who had babies in the NICU. On our second trip to the E.R., around 6:30 A.M., they again put her on the monitor and said she wasn’t in labor. I said they need to look down there and if they still felt she should leave, then I wanted to talk to a supervisor. Once they realized she was crowning, they decided to keep her. It took about 2 hours for the OB/GYN to show up and Karrlita was born very shortly thereafter. Even though I hadn’t been to any child birth classes, the doctor did let me stay in the Delivery Room and watch my daughter’s birth.

The next day, the doctor told us Karrlita was having issues that were beyond the hospital’s ability to handle. They offered us several choices: two hospitals 75 miles away (New Orleans and Mobile), another hospital 150 miles away (Jackson, Mississippi). They had a possible fourth choice Keesler Air Force Base (about 10 – 12 miles away). They did warn if a military baby needed the space that Karrlita would have to be transferred from Keesler. We went with Keesler. She was there a week before being transferred back to her birth hospital where she spent another four weeks before being released. Karrlita came home with an apnea monitor and some medicine to help her breathe better.

Before releasing her, the doctor said Karrlita would be slow. My response was we will deal with that situation if it happens. It didn’t happen and Karrlita was taking college courses in high school.




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Current DNA Sales April 2018

As always, check with the website to see current price as most of these tests frequently don’t have an end date, or the end date can end sooner or later than what was originally announced. Same goes for Amazon and EBay ordering. Last updated: April 20,  2018. Added AncestryDNA and MyHeritage DNA sale prices and HomeDNA (added April 17, 2018) as it has joined the DNA Day sale recently. No word yet on FTDNA DNA Day Sale).

Not seeing too many DNA sales at the moment, but I expect to see more as DNA Day (April 25th) approaches. Prices as of April 10, 2018 – will update as sales occur over the next few weeks. For most of the major companies below, you can often save on shipping by ordering through Amazon. Check Amazon’s prices first and also check EBay (but make sure you are ordering the correct kit based on the photo). If you see a higher price on Amazon, you can usually submit a link showing the lower price elsewhere and they will usually price match in a day or two. You can also find kits for many of these companies on EBay, both the Buy It Now or Auctions and those prices are frequently cheaper than Amazon or the company’s site. For those hesitant to purchase from EBay, EBay has a pretty solid customer support as they do a lot to make sure you the buyer are protected from people who may try and cheat you.

23andMe – regular price $99 or $199 (on 23andMe’s website and Amazon).

Ancestry DNA – $59 (regular price $99), but in the past, the sale price didn’t always show up for all Ancestry accounts. Still showing as $79 on my Ancestry order page, but others have reported it’s $99 on their order page and it’s also $99 on Amazon. As cheap as $44 – $50 on EBay. Updated April 20, 2018 to reflect sale price is now at $59.

DNATribes – no sale; regular price $119

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) – no sale as of April 7, 2018, but usually has a sale in mid to late April. Regular price for their autosomal test runs $79 (instead of the $99 that’s typical for other DNA companies).

Full Genomes Corp. (FG or FGC) – no sale prices as of April 7, 2018. Hard to say if they will offer DNA Day sales or not. In the past, I don’t recall if they have offered DNA Day sales.

GenCove – upload your results from another DNA company for free or $59.99 if you order a kit from GenCove.

GenePlaza – no sale, free upload if you tested with most major DNA companies with small bonus (3 Euros if you do the free upload; 6 Euros if you order a kit from them) to spend on different apps they offer. Don’t see a price for how much the kit would cost if you needed to order one.

Geno 2.0 (Helix – U.S./FTDNA – non-U.S., or National Geographic direct) – Helix $69.95 + $30 if you need to order a Helix kit (regular price $199.95 which generally includes Helix kit cost, but kit runs $30 – 80 otherwise); $79.95 if you order two or more kits directly from National Geographic.

Helix – went through as many of the different Helix tests offered to see which are on sale (current as of April 14, 2018); worth noting that if you purchase a Helix kit, you generally don’t need to purchase it again (exception is if you do the Baby Glimpse test which requires a separate kit for both parents) so you are saving the cost of the kit price if you already have a Helix kit (savings range from $20 to $80 for the Helix kit). For Geno 2.0 Next,see above for the current sale price. Goal Getter sale price $130 + $40 if you need a Helix kit (regular price $260 + $80 if you need a Helix kit. DNA Passport – not on sale, but the kit for it is on sale; regular price for test is $29.99 with $80 for Helix kit if you need one; temporarily the kit for this test is on sale for $20 N.B.: the Helix kit price is frequently based on which test you initially order and if the kit for a particular test is on sale with the Helix kit ranging from $20 to $80 with $80 being the regular price. Baby Glimpse – not on sale, but the kits are on sale: regular price is $99.98 + $160 (for two kits; one for each parent); current kit prices are $100 for two kits. My Traits Sports for iOS – not on sale, but the kits are: regular price $19.99 + $80 for Helix kit if you need one; sale price of kit is $20. embody DNA – sale price $49.99 + $20 if you need a Helix kit (regular price $109.99 + $80 if you need a Helix kit). Goal Setter: sale price $130 + $40 if you need a Helix kit (regular price is $260 + $80 if you need a Helix kit).

HomeDNA off and free shipping. Use DNA20 or BESTDAY20 (both were listed in the e-mail I received today)  for promo code. Sale ends April 26, 2018. HomeDNA is also available at CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and Rite Aid stores – kits may or may not be on sale at local stores (e-mail indicates promo code only available on HomeDNA’s website) so check prices at HomeDNA before checking out HomeDNA kits locally.  HomeDNA also accepts raw data from 23andMe (v5 chip uploads not available, but they are working on making it available in the near future), Ancestry, FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA), and National Geographic (don’t say if it’s only FTDNA or Helix or if they accept both – most likely only FTDNA as Helix hasn’t made raw data available yet, but Helix has plans to offer raw data soon).

Living DNA -$79.99 -(regular price $159) – has been a sale price a while and no ending date is listed, other than Limited Time Discount. Update: price dropped from $99 to $79.99 for DNA Dale Sale. Doesn’t say how long the new price will be in effect.

MyHeritage -$69 (regular price $99) – no end date listed. Updated April 20, 2018 to reflect new sale price.

TeloYears – see Tribecode below in addition to what’s listed here. TeloYears (health only) – $99 (not on sale); Ancestry $99 (not on sale); Health + Ancestry $169 (regular price would be $199).

Tribecode – $99 regular price; ordered through TeloYears  and appears to be the Ancestry/ethnicity portion only (some of the TeloYears tests are on sale, but don’t know how long the sale lasts).

WeGene – regular price or free upload of your 23andMe (including the latest v5 chips) or Ancestry raw data. – regular price as YSEQ generally doesn’t do too many sales. Will continue checking in case they do a sale for DNA Day. Prices range, depending on if you want an individual Y-DNA SNP or various STR ranges, mtDNA (several options) to a 50xread full DNA test.


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Helix DNA Day Month Long Celebration

I received an e-mail today from Helix announcing a month-long celebration of DNA Day (April 25th). Details in the e-mail were a bit sparse, but I expect it will include some of their tests being on sale at different points in the month. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured an easy way to determine what tests are on sale at Helix, short of clicking on dozens of tests on their shopping page. The first one I checked was Geno 2.0 Next (on sale for $69.95 + $30 if you need to order a Helix kit, regular price is $199.95). You can also purchase the kits at National Geographic ($79.95 if you purchase two or more kits at the same time and no additional charge for the Helix kit if you don’t already have one). If you already have a Helix kit, order the test from Helix, but if you don’t and are needing two or more, then order them from National Geographic.

You can read the full announcement at: In general, FamilyTree DNA and usually the other companies (Ancestry DNA, MyHeritage, and 23andMe, not sure about Living DNA) typically have a DNA Day sale sometime during April. I will blog a separate post about ongoing sales from the major companies in a little bit or tomorrow.


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