In honor of Mother's Day Family Tree DNA is having a sale on its FamilyFinder + mtDNA Full Sequence bundle. Regularly $298, the bundle is on sale for $228 from May 6 until May 8 at 11:59 p.m Central Time. Pricing does not include taxes and shipping which may vary by shipping distance.
This is a bundled test kit (two tests in one) that will allow you to test one person's autosomal DNA (FamilyFinder) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA Full Sequence). That person can be male or female because both tests types can be taken by males or females.
(If you only want to test someone's autosomal DNA, you'll need to wait for another sale or buy the autosomal DNA test at full price.)
Here is some additional information for you.
Family Tree DNA tests are done with spit swabs not a spit tube.
Autosomal DNA tests (males or females)
Autosomal DNA is inherited from both parents about equally but randomly. Due to the random nature, siblings my inherit different "pieces." That randomness means you may not get a "piece" of some ancestors. And because of that randomness, it means it is best to test as many family members as possible because you all inherited a different "mix" of autosomal DNA from your ancestors.
An autosomal DNA test will also give you show you the ethnic mixture of what you inherited. Your test matches may match you because you share a common ancestor (Identical By Descent or IBD) or because of coincidence (Identical By State or IBS.)
At Family Tree DNA an autosomal test is called FamilyFinder. (At Ancestry.com an autosomal test is called AncestryDNA.)
mtDNA tests (males or females, mother's line)
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is inherited
from mother to child but only female children pass that same mtDNA on to
their children. This test is often described as being used for maternal
Generally, you only need to test one
person for each maternal line. (If you test your Mom you don't need to
test the mtDNA of you or your siblings because you inherited the exact same mtDNA from her that she inherited from her mother and she from hers etc. (Unless there is question about
maternity.) Males can take an mtDNA also because they inherited the
mtDNA of their mother who inherited her mother's mtDNA, and she
inherited her mother's mtDNA, etc. Males just don't pass on that mtDNA
to their children because their children will get their mother's mtDNA.
The only testing company doing mtDNA testing for genealogy is Family Tree DNA.
Remember, DNA testing is a tool to help you with your genealogical research it does not replace your research in records.
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