Ancestry.com recently offered a chance for 2,000 subscribers who had previously ordered DNA tests through AncestryDNA to upgrade to their autosomal DNA test using their stored DNA sample. I wrote about the details back in early October. Now, it appears that they are offering the opportunity to 10,000 more "selected" Ancestry.com subscribers (apparently chosen from among those who have manually uploaded DNA results to their site) to submit their DNA for the cost of shipping only. The following email was sent out today (links removed so I don't "compromise the promotion" as they warn in the fine print):
Discover your genetic ethnicity and find family connections with AncestryDNA.
We have some exciting news about our new AncestryDNA service and we want you to be part of it. Over the past year we've worked with industry experts and applied the latest science and technology to make it possible for you to discover your genetic ethnicity and increase your chances of connecting with possible relatives through your DNA. Now we're offering select Ancestry.com members like you the exclusive chance to get this new service for free before it's available to the public (shipping and processing not included).* Be one of the first 10,000 to order by Sunday, November 6th and receive your AncestryDNA test for FREE (only $9.95 for shipping and processing). It's this simple: Order our DNA test by November 6, 2011. Receive a DNA collection kit in the mail. Follow the simple steps to collect your DNA. Mail in your DNA before November 30, 2011. Receive your results in early 2012.
What will you get?
A breakdown of your genetic ethnicity -See the mix of ethnicities found in the 700,000 DNA markers we test and see how they relate to your family tree.
New family connections -Discover new relatives with DNA matching. Increase your chances of overcoming brick walls, confirming family relationships and finding common ancestors.
Enhanced, easy-to-use web tools - Use your results and the power of Ancestry.com to make new discoveries and solve family mysteries.
Order now. We hope you take this opportunity to be a part of the launch of our new service and become one of the first to discover how much AncestryDNA can tell you about your family history.
The AncestryDNA Team
Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Offer valid in the United States only. You must be a current Ancestry.com subscriber, be one of the first 10,000 to complete the orderprocess before November 6, 2011 and pay the $9.95 fee for shipping and processing (expedited shipping in not available with this offer). Local taxes may apply. AncestryDNA reserves the right to refuse receipt of any sample postmarked after Nov. 30, 2011. Limit one (1) per customer. No refunds or replacements can be made once orders are submitted. AncestryDNA reserves the right to cancel or modify this offer should the promotion be compromised in any manner. Offer ends November 6, 2011 at midnight PT.
This is very exciting. According to the above email, Ancestry.com's database will launch with at least 10,000 unique genomic scans, testing over 700,000 SNPs. If the 10,000 does not include the 2,000 who were already invited to sign up in October during the first offer, the database will contain approximately 12,000 genealogy-minded participants from inception. The test will reportedly be offered for purchase to the general public in early 2012. I can hardly wait until the results start rolling in!
[**Update - According to AncestryDNA customer service, as of the morning of November 3rd, all 10,000 spots have been filled.]
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