The Internet is buzzing that Ancestry.com is ending the sale of its Y-DNA (paternal line) and MtDNA (maternal line) tests. Ancestry.com hasn’t promoted the sale of these tests in a long time because it has refocused on selling its autosomal test on combined maternal and paternal lines.
Current customers of Ancestry.com only have one choice to transfer their Y-DNA and MtDNA data- Family Tree DNA. I am hoping this change will bring more attention to Family Tree DNA, the only DNA genealogy testing company that sends its products to countries formerly of the USSR.
When I first saw that Ancestry.com was selling maternal and paternal line DNA tests, I thought what a waste of money. Now, I know they are a great tool.
I have been hearing rumors that Ancestry.com is interested in opening a DNA testing lab in Europe in 2015. An employee of Ancestry.com’s Facebook’s page confirmed the company’s interest in that option.
Having a foreign DNA testing lab will open so many possibilities for those with Russian and Ukrainian ancestry who still live in Europe, but not in their homeland.
My matches are so distant on AncestryDNA because those people are related to my distant German ancestors. My matches on AncestryDNA would be more useful if people in Europe, Canada and Australia could get the AncestryDNA test.
I am crossing my fingers that Ancestry.com will announce its European-based DNA lab in the next few months. A better customer base will make the autosomal test more useful for those with Russian and Ukrainian ancestry.
I will post an announcement when I hear official word that a European-based DNA testing lab will open.