Updated June 28, 2018 – Apparently some thought Oxford Ancestors was still shutting down as of a few days ago. Per the company’s website a few minutes ago, it’s still around.
I didn’t see this when it was originally announced, but back in mid-March, Oxford Ancestors announced it was closing its doors. However, on May 3, 2018, they announced they are staying open. It was one of the first companies to offer DNA testing to the general public. From their website:
Oxford Ancestors is NOT closing down after 18 years. I have enjoyed those years immensely and it has been a rare privilege to have you send me your DNA from all over the world. We started because I wanted people to be able to share in the excitement of the research being done in university laboratories like my own in Oxford but rarely reaching beyond the halls of academe. That has all changed now and cheap DNA tests are widely available, even if their meaning is sometimes dubious. The popularity of ‘ethnic testing’ is a case in point, where even religious persuasion is given a genetic foundation by some companies. Have they never heard of the outrages of ‘racial purity’ and the eugenics movement or is it just one more business opportunity?
NEWS FLASH 3rd May 2018
I have just received some very good news. Our labs at the University, which were threatened with closure for up to a year from July 2018 owing to redevelopment of the Science Area, have now been reprieved. In light of this I am very pleased to announce that Oxford Ancestors will remain open for business as usual.
Please accept my apologies for our below-standard service over the last few weeks.
Oxford offers two types of testing: Y-DNA and mtDNA. They also offer a Tribes of Britain analysis if your Y-DNA has Britain or Ireland roots.
Here’s the pricing list (there appears to be some confusion about a few prices as they are listed with different prices depending on where you search on the site:
mtDNA 199.00 (£ Sterling) looks at 400 base pairs to determine mtDNA
Y-DNA 199.00 (£ Sterling) looks at 26 selected Y-DNA markers (appears to be Y-DNA STRs, specifically “We use the following 26 Y-chromosome markers: DYSs 19, 385a, 385b, 388, 389a, 389b, 390, 391, 392, 393, 425, 426, 437, 438, 439, 448, 456, 458, 481, 533, 540, 570, 576, 635, 643, GATAH4”
mtDNA/Y-DNA Classic Combo 369.00 (£ Sterling)
Tribes of Britain 45.00 (£ Sterling) – only useful if your Y-DNA has Britain or Ireland roots
Y-DNA Classic Surname Project (minimum order of 4) 180.00 (£ Sterling) each
Additional certificates 30.00 (£ Sterling) each
Prices include shipping anywhere on the planet