Genealogy Update for Monday, November 26th, 2018

News on the latest Cyber Monday deals for DNA, Genealogy and Family History. Find out more at the Genealogy Update for Monday, November 26th, 2018 from genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Monday, November 26, 2018

This is Thomas MacEntee with Abundant Genealogy and here are the genealogy and family history-related items you need to know for today, Monday, November 26th, 2018:

Cyber Monday

Today is Cyber Monday, the last big shopping day of the 4-day Thanksgiving weekend here in the States. Some trivia: the term Cyber Monday came about in the late 1990s when most people still had “dial up” Internet access at home, and waited until the Monday after Thanksgiving to do all their online shopping at their workplace. Most offices had DSL or some type of Internet that was much faster. Now go tell your kids or grandkids about “dial up” Internet and watch their heads explode!

In this last big sprint to the Black Friday/Cyber Weekend finish, DNA is the big seller and the competition has been fierce. So far we’ve seen the lowest online price ever for a DNA test kit from one of the Big 5 vendors ($39 USD for Family Tree DNA) and lots of free shipping incentives. In addition, deep discounts are being extended to customers outside of the United States. This is important since genealogists make more progress on their DNA-based family history research if there are more people available for matches.

What Did You Buy on Black Friday?

Last week we posted a number of deals available on Black Friday. While most of them have been either extended through to Cyber Monday or replaced with even better deals, some absolute bargains are gone forever. Like the 50% off deal on 23andMe DNA test kit for Health over at Amazon.

Were you a big shopper on Black Friday or over Cyber Weekend as it is now being called? As for me, I stocked up on some needed clothing items, new memory foam slippers (it is cold during the Winter in Chicago), a Cuisinart griddle, some Starbucks Via coffee, a pair of Sony Wireless Noise-Cancelling headphones as a Christmas gift for someone special, and some Amazon devices that I can’t mention in detail until after Christmas!

What’s On Sale Today at Genealogy Bargains

Are you familiar with Each day they scour the Internet for new deals of interest to genealogists and family historians. Here are some highlights:

The Cyber Monday deals are TOO NUMEROUS to mention them all, but DNA is once again the big seller . . . click HERE for the complete listing of today’s Cyber Monday deals!

  • UPDATED!  23andMe: Save up to $100 USD during Cyber Monday Sale at 23andMe. 23andMe for Ancestry, regularly $99 USD, now just $59 USD. 23andMe DNA for Health + Ancestry, regularly $199 USD, now just $99 USD when you purchase 2 or more. Sale valid through 12:00 pm PST Tuesday, November 27th – LINK
  • UPDATED! Amazon: FREE SHIPPING for Amazon Prime Members on DNA test kits including 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and MyHeritage DNA – LINK
  • AncestryDNA: Cyber Sale at AncestryDNA – LOWEST PRICE EVER for AncestryDNA – just $49 USD!  Sale valid through Monday, November 26th – LINK
  • AncestryDNA Australia: Cyber Sale at AncestryDNA Australia
    just $88 AUD! Sale valid through Monday, November 26th – LINK
  • AncestryDNA Canada: Cyber Sale at AncestryDNA Canada – just $69 CDN! Sale valid through Monday, November 26th – LINK
  • AncestryDNA UK: Cyber Sale at AncestryDNA UK – just £49! Sale valid through Monday, November 26th  – LINK
  • Family Tree DNA: Family Finder just $39 USD during Black Friday Sale – huge discounts on Y-DNA, mtDNA and bundles too! Sale valid through Monday, November 26th – LINK
  • Findmypast DNA: Black Friday Sale with HUGE Savings! Just $59 USD,
    $79 CAD, £59, €69 and $99 AUD Sale valid through Monday, November 26th – LINK
  • Living DNA: Save up to 40% during Living DNA Black Friday Sale – regularly $99 USD, now just $69 USD or purchase 2 or more kits for $59 USD each! Sale valid through Monday, November 26th – LINK
  • UPDATED! MyHeritage: Cyber Monday Sale – MyHeritage DNA just $49 USD plus FREE SHIPPING with promo code FREE18! Sale valid through Monday, November 26th – LINK


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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.