Have you ever seen the TV commercials about DNA tests?  

For many people in the United States, where they come from can be a bit of mystery.  Whether it is because of adoption, a family that has moved around a lot, or not having a well-documented family tree, the lack of knowledge has increased the popularity of mail-in DNA tests to shed light on one’s heritage.

They can do more than just finding out where you are from, they can help with understanding your genetic make-up.   

Below are three of the most popular DNA tests available on the market today, they all offer a variety of services and price ranges.  It is important to note this information is shared in fun and in no way is a suggestion or tool to use to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

Ancestry DNA

This is one of the most talked about DNA tests.  It is advertised as being “The DNA test that tells a more complete story of you” and the average price is usually between $79-$99 per test depending on what kind of specials are remaining.

The unique part of the Ancestry DNA test is that it connects to their Ancestry.com database of historical records.  You can use this to trace your family back through records and connect with long lost relatives who have the same DNA as you.

When you receive the results you will be given a breakdown of what percentage of different nationalities you are.


23andMe is an alternative company that provides a basic Ancestry DNA test for $99 and a more inclusive Health and Ancestry test for $199.  Their main focus is that learning more about your DNA can help you learn more about your health.

The name comes from the fact that everyone has 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up their DNA.  “23 pairs of chromosomes. One unique you.”  

This health test can help determine whether you have the genes that cause things like Celiac Disease, Late-Onset Alzheimers or Parkinsons, which can be extremely helpful knowledge as you plan your long-term care.  For those people who don’t have much of a family medical history to go off of this can be a great tool, but know that the information can produce false results – always consult a medical professional.

National Geographic Genographic Project

Another interesting option when comparing testing services is the National Geographic Genographic Project called Geno 2.0. The price range on this product is anywhere between $99 -$199 depending on sales.

Geno 2.0 is advertised as providing you a complete history of where you came from spanning today back to 200,000 years ago. This is fun for history and migration rather than health. With the DNA test you receive a Regional Ancestry Map showing the breakdown of your nationalities, a Deep Ancestry Report and Your Hominin Ancestry.  

There are many other DNA test options, these are just 3 of the most popular and most trusted sources.  Pick the one that works the best for you and have fun with it – a great topic for the next family gathering!

Have you ever considered doing a DNA test to find out where your family comes from or for other health related reasons?  We’d love to hear more about your story.

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