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Add ons & Upgrades Frequently Asked Questions

What are add-on tests? 

Add ons are tests that you have not taken yet. Depending on which tests you have taken, the following are possible add-on tests that could be listed on your Add ons & Upgrades page:

  • Family Ancestry (Automsomal DNA)

  • Paternal Ancestry (Y-DNA)

  • Maternal Ancstry (mtDNA)

  • Additional Tests (e.g., Factoids and additional mtDNA and Y-DNA tests)

  • Transfers (e.g., Y-DNA and autosomal DNA transfers)

What are upgrades? 

If you tested at a lower level test, e.g., Y-25, Upgrades are higher-level tests that are offered to customers who have tested at a lower level test. For example, if you ordered a Y-37 test, you will have the option to upgrade to a Y-67, Y-111, or Big Y 700 test.

For a full list of upgrades, see the below How much does it cost to upgrade? topic.

Do I need to swab again if I add a test or upgrade?

No. Normally, you will not need to swab again if you purchase an add on or upgrade. However, on rare occasions, we might need to obtain a new sample from you.

Can I buy an add on or upgrade for someone else?

Yes. If the other person has an existing kit, you will need to sign in directly to their kit to purchase an add on or upgrade.* If the person does not already have a kit with FamilyTreeDNA, you will need to place a new order.

*If you accidentally place a "new" order for someone who already has an existing kit, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can fix the order.

Group Project Administrators

To order for a project member, you must be assigned Advanced Access to purchase directly from the member's kit. If you do not have Advanced Access, you must forward us permission from the tester. The permission statement must be an email from the tester, and the email must be from the primary email address listed on the tester's account. 

How much does it cost to upgrade?

The following table lists the upgrade options and corresponding prices:

Upgrade  Price 
Y-12 to Y-37 $179
Y-12 to Y-67 $149
Y-12 to Y-111 $199
Y-25 to Y-37 $49
Y-25 to Y-67 $119
Y-25 to Y-111 $189
Y-37 to Y-67 $89
Y-37 to Y-111 $139
Y-67 to Y-111 $89
Y-12 to Big Y 700* $399
Y-25 to Big Y 700* $389
Y-37 to Big Y 700* $339
Y-67 to Big Y 700* $279
Y-111 to Big Y 700* $239
Big Y 500 to Big Y 700*  $209
mtDNA to mtFull Sequence  $119
mtPlus to mtFull Sequence  $119

*Does not include the Big Y BAM file product.

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