There are a number of alternatives if you need a quick DNA test for genealogy purposes. A friend got a call from the nursing home that his father-in-law was dying within 48 hours. He hadn’t tested him yet for DNA. At the time, there weren’t many options available to him. He called FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA). They told him to get one of the cheek swab DNA tests for paternity from a local drug store and mail the swabs to FTDNA. I would always check with a company if you get a similar call and need a fast DNA test.
These days there are a few more possibilities. For example, Wal-Mart carries the 23andMe DNA test. You may have to call around to find the nearest Wal-Mart that has a test. Target used to carry some DNA tests from the major DNA companies, but in checking I am not seeing any offered. Same for major drugstore chains. They used to offer DNA tests, but no longer offer them.
If you have a bit more time, you can use a service like Amazon, and do next day or 2-day shipping to get a kit from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FTDNA, or MyHeritageDNA fast. FTDNA will also overnight a kit to you.
Some funeral homes are now offering to collect DNA. I haven’t checked the costs, but I read several articles about funeral homes doing this. The techniques vary depending on the funeral home, but worth checking out if you have a loved one that is close to death. If this catches on enough, I could see it as the wave of the future.
I would like to get my parents’ DNA, but they are buried in a military cemetery and getting permission from the V. A. would be more trouble and financial cost than it’s worth.
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