I came across this article about AncestryByDNA teaming up with FindMyPast. This is NOT AncestryDNA, but AncestryByDNA, a different company. The Paternal test shown on their website only has 16 STRs. Their Maternal test says it tests all three HVR regions, but their example only shows four mtDNA markers.
Order form – on this screen, it shows a discounted price of $99.
Order form, part 2 – after adding both kits to an order, the price is $101 each and not $99, but discounted from $195. I e-mailed the company asking for an explanation and will update this article if I receive a response. It could be a shipping cost difference, but the company needs to note it as such.
I did not order, but the next screen has the option to sign up for a matching database. The default is checked and it mentions you will be notified when the database feature has been added. The fine print at the bottom of the page covers refund policy. It also tells you the samples will be destroyed after 90 days.
I learned about AncestryByDNA a while back. They were offering $97 autosomal testing through Groupon. This appears to be their DNA Origins test, based on price. You can still order the DNA Origins or DNA Worldwide from Groupon, but they do not show up as options in some of the links.
I used http://www.groupon.com/deals/ancestryby-dna-3-wichita. However, most local Groupon search results for DNA should bring up the discount.
DNA Origins information. Don’t have a screenshot, but if you order the DNA Origins, it offers $49 upgrade to DNA Worldwide and $49 pricing on the Paternal and Maternal DNA tests.
DNA Worldwide information. Test looks at 100 SNPs and 13 STRs, a fairly low sample level for $249. In comparison, FTDNA’s 12 STR test only costs $59 and their 67 STR test is only $268.
If you order the DNA Worldwide, they offer the Paternal and Maternal tests for $49 each if you place the order at the same time.
Updated to fix a screenshot issue and add some additional information.
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