Author Archives: Jim at JimsBBS

MyHeritage is having a sale!

Sometimes we are asked “What DNA test is the best?”  Humm, that is dependent on you purpose for doing the test in the first place.  We can talk about that in a future version of the DNA Discussions Sig.  

Meanwhile, I generally say that the top companies are AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage.  I go on to suggest that the questioner wait for a sale — and then buy.  Well, MyHeritage has a sale going on now, during April, that is the lowest I have ever seen, $39 !  If you are really serious about taking an autosomal DNA test, go for this now.  MyHeritage is a good company, has great reporting systems, and your data can be downloaded for future use. And it has a big enough pool of testers that you are bound to find matches!  

You need to know that MyHeritage has an annual fee too, for building a tree, etc. But for the DNA, the $39 can’t be beat.

others currently 4/3/2020
FTDNA – $79 , no annual
AncestryDNA – $99 , annual
23andMe (ancestry only) – $99 , no annual

Ancestry.com lays off 6% of its workforce

Ancestry, the largest seller of at-home DNA tests for health and genealogy reports, is laying off about 100 people, approximately 6% of its total workforce. The cuts hit employees across the board, rather than focusing on a specific department, and included workers at all levels. The layoffs affected both its Utah and California offices.

Ancestry confirmed the layoffs and shared a copy of a blog post written by CEO and President Margo Georgiadis that will publish on Wednesday.

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We just discussed 23andMe laying of 100 employees (14%) of it’s employees at our DNA discussion group today. Then this appears in my news feed. It is like “catching”, I guess.

Interesting Stats:

23andMe, 100 = 14% of 714 employees, leaving 614.

Ancestry, 100 = 6% of 1,666 employees, leaving 1,566.

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Who is next?


“Genealogist’s motto: they can hide, but they can’t run.”


Promethease reports are free through December

MyHeritage bought Promethease a few months ago. It is a site that provides reports from DNA data that you upload. MyHeritage bought them when MH decided to provide their own health reports.

Anyway, the regular Promethease reports were made to be free through 2019. They used to cost $10. If you have downloaded your autosomal DNA test data from any of the major sites, go to https://promethease.com and get your FREE reports.