Ancestry's improved DNA kits are on sale for one of its lowest prices ever

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Updated Fri January 11, 2019

Editor's Note: Ancestry's popular at-home DNA kit is now just $59, one of its lowest price ever, for Cyber Week. The deal lasts from until December 24, with no code necessary. For more information on how the AncestryDNA kit works, read a quick explainer below or our full review here.

Tracing your family history is typically a labor-intensive process that can cost you a decent chunk of time and money. Ancestry, however, is hoping to make that journey of discovery easier and more accessible than ever. Its AncestryDNA kits ($59, originally $99; ancestry.com) aim to help you trace your lineage and find new relatives, all from the comfort of your own home.

When you buy the kit, you'll be sent a test tube to fill with saliva along with a pre-packaged slip. This slip allows you to quickly and easily send your DNA off to the lab for analysis. In around six to eight weeks, you'll be able to see your results through an online portal. This includes a genealogical map where you can see the breakdown of all the ethnicities that make up your DNA by approximate percentage. An additional sample migration chart will help better understand just how your ancestors traveled around the world over time.

Recently, Ancestry has rolled out new upgrades to its ethnicity estimates, adding a handful of extra regions to its analysis and giving users even more detail into their background. For example, instead of categorizing your ethnicity as being from "Scandinavia" your results might now show Norway or Sweden. It's this new granularity that makes the kits even more exciting to use.

There's also a section called DNA Matches, which allows you to compare your DNA results with others who have similar results. AncestryDNA ranks these profiles in proximity to your family tree, so you can discover distant relatives. And if you combine both your DNA kit with an Ancestry membership, known as the Discovery Pack ($99; ancestry.com), you'll be able to fully build out your family tree. The pack gives you access to both the DNA kit features, as well over 15 billions of records to help guide your family research.

We recently tested the service and were impressed with the overall results and how interesting the process was. It makes a stellar gift for yourself or a loved one. And after learning your results, we're willing to bet you'll have a slew of new travel destinations to add to your bucket list.

But the best part about the AncestryDNA Kit is that it's on sale for $59, one of its lowest price ever. This rare markdown makes AncestryDNA one of the most affordable at-home testing kits you can purchase right now. This deal lasts throughout the holiday season (until December 24) making it the perfect excuse grab a kit for yourself (and maybe for your friends and family if you're feeling extra generous) and get to work on your family tree.

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