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AncestryDNA allows its customers access to one of the world’s largest DNA databases. Customers can uncover their ethnic mixes across 26 regions worldwide and find and connect with relatives they may not have even known they had. In addition to DNA mapping, Ancestry.com offers a thorough database of records to help customers create custom family tree’s and learn more about their ancestors.
AncestryDNA's comprehensive testing kit is currently priced at $79, which does not include $9.95 for standard US shipping. Shipping any additional kit costs $4.95. This shipping cost includes return shipping so you can easily return your DNA kit to Ancestry for testing and analysis.
Each individual testing kit comes complete with an instruction booklet, testing tube, collection bag, and prepaid envelope for you to send your results back to the lab.
After you receive the test, you'll be instructed to register the kit (the number will be on the package) on Ancestry.com in order to easily view your results when the lab processes them. Then, the process is as simple as spitting saliva into the provided tube. Be sure not to eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum for at least 30 minutes prior to taking the test.
Once done, secure the cap on the tube, and place and seal your sample in the provided collection bag. Send your sample back in the prepaid envelope required.
In 6 to 8 weeks, your individual ethnicity results will be available online via your AncestryDNA account. Results are displayed on an attractive interactive world map where regions of your ethnicity are highlighted. On the left panel of the screen, scales are displayed with ethnicity percentages broken down by region. If you need clarification to how AncestryDNA calculated these percentages, simply click on the question mark icon on the bottom right corner of each scale in order to see a detailed explanation.
For any technical issues, customers can contact an AncestryDNA support team member by phone 9 AM to 11 PM EST 7 days a week. Customers can also access help via their informative Help Center library, and message boards. In addition, customers can also join Ancestry’s online community, allow them to connect and collaborate with other members to build family tree’s or to reconnect with distant or lost relatives.
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