I am the Swisher/Switzer/Schweitzer etc. Surname DNA Project Administrator (volunteer) and a Switzer and Swisher Family Descendent. I receive no compensation from any DNA company.
Here is the link for the Schweitzer, Switzer & Swisher DNA Project in which I have the discounts available:
Direct line male DNA 37 marker tests are knocked down from $249 to $119 among all of their many other DNA tests. This 37 marker test is the optimal test, best results for your money to use for genealogical connections. The FTDNA discount ends on Aug 31, 11:59 pm. FTDNA's discounts ususallu are $15-30 dollars. This is unique opportunaity as it seesm that tehre is a dscount war between teh companies at this time. We may not see these big discounts again or for a long time
There are several companies that also announced discounts earlier. DNa ancestry has a half price temporary discount only for ancestry.com subscribers for the only three tests it offers.
I recommend the mtDNA that measures HVR1 AND HVR2 for female line testing females of direct female lines. A male can test for both his mother's DNA which reflects, her mother's and her mother's mother on up the line. I recommend the 37-44 marker YDNA test for males ( The fewer the markers, the less reliable it is to use for genealogical purposes and the higher level tests are overkill unless you have a good genealogy going back several hundred years and you are looking to do some special lineage comparisons.
One can always upgrade later though it is more expensive to do in steps. Also FamilyTreeDNA usually has a Holiday discount Program but the discount is about half of this one. So you can prepare for a discount as a Christmas Present.
DNA is an effective tool for family research for locating unknown lines and earlier places of origin. Both male and female DNA can be effective in determining relatedness between family trees.
Several companies are offering discoutns right now some end Aug 31. The best Discounts are Ancestry.com for present Ancestry subscribers only and FTDNA is offering an unprecedented discount and multiple tests for the price of one. The discounts for male DNA testing have never been this large. If one tests with FTDNA, their results will be in the largest company database for best possibility of present and future matches. The results from this company can be manually entered into the new but very much smaller DNA database at DNA Ancestry ( Ancestry.com ).
Other companies have big discounts as well but most companies don't allow people to enter their samples of other companies into their database. So it would be wiser to do samples in one company who doesn't allow manual entry and then manually enter it into the companies that allow that.
If you have any general questions and not interested in ordering a sample with this promotion. Please email a week after the promotion ends on Aug 31 I will be tied up recruiting test for all my surnames and suspected distant related cousins.
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