DNA are getting increasingly popular – not only as a way to feel more connected to one's past, but also as a way to understand one's genetic health and disposition.

Testing kits are becoming ever-popular gifts for events such as birthdays, Father's and Mother's Day, promising to unveil a person’s ethnic origins via a swab of the cheek or a spit in a tube. They show you what makes you unique and help you learn where you really come from. You can also tie these into historical records services to grow your family tree.

Once you have sent off your saliva sample, you’ll wait a few weeks and then receive a visual report and even the chance to connect with distant relatives you never knew existed.

DNA kits are a great research tool for amateur family historians and professional genealogists alike.

DNA kits don’t come cheap, with the two top sellers each costing £79. But if you can find the best DNA testing kit deals you won’t need to end up in the workhouse like your poor Victorian great-great-grandparents.

Here we have rounded up the latest DNA testing kit deals so you can save some money and still either gift the joy of family history or treat yourself to a ride back in time. And we also look at some of the most popular family-tree digital records services, such as Ancestry.

Best DNA kit deals

Below you'll find a carousel of the best deals available in the UK right now, and beyond that we offer more information about each of the different services.

The two leading DNA testing kits are AncestryDNA and 23andMe.

Ancestry DNA region map

AncestryDNA deals and offers

AncestryDNA can estimate your origins to more than 350 regions around the world, which the company claims offers twice the geographic detail of other DNA tests (rival 23andme states it can trace your DNA back to 155 different regions worldwide).

It’s from the people behind the market-leading Ancestry genealogy service, stuffed full of digitised historical records and the best way we have found to start your family tree.

AncestryDNA tests just your autosomes (chromosomes you share with relatives on both sides of your family), and so is less detailed about more distant, ancient ancestors – but fine for most family historians.

It also has the benefit of over 10 million DNA results to make finding relatives more likely and improving the accuracy of its estimates.

AncestryDNA kits are normally priced at £79/US$99.

Ancestry also offers up to £20 off (up to $70 off in the US) its family-tree services when you choose the 6-month plans (which combine nicely with its DNA tests). You can also sign up for a 14-day free trial.

23andme DNA test kit deals

23andme deals and offers

23andme doesn’t have as many test results as Ancestry, although at 5 million and rising it’s the clear number two in the field. Slightly confusingly, its main kit is called the Ancestry Service.

It does, however, test three types of DNA - autosomes, yDNA, and mtDNA - where AncestryDNA tests just autosomes to determine more recent ethnic ancestry. Such tests lose some accuracy as the relationship grows ever more distant. This more in-depth DNA testing makes 23andme more accurate further back in time, and can even look at your Neanderthal heritage.

The 23andme, like Ancestry, is also typically priced at £79/US$99

It also has a Health + Ancestry Service, which examines your genetic health risks (including BRCA1 and BRCA2, Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinsons), plus Carrier, Wellness and Traits reports. This usually costs £149/$199 and is available either direct from 23andme or via Amazon.

In the US, until 15 October, there's currently a $50 discount on the Health + Ancestry Service and $20 off the Ancestry + Traits Service.

Living DNA test kit deals

Living DNA deals

As with 23andme Living DNA (£99/US$99) looks at your autosomes, yDNA from your father, and mtDNA from your mother. By testing more than just autosomes, Living DNA can point out centuries-old migration patterns, much like 23andme.

Its visual representations of your origins are super detailed. For instance, it can illustrate 21 specific sub-regions of the UK your DNA may come from. AncestryDNA has 13 regions. It costs £99/US$99.

Living DNA also powers its DNA tests for Find My Past (£79/US$89), a family-tree-making service much like Ancestry.

MyHeritage-DNA test kit map

MyHeritage DNA deals 

Like Ancestry, MyHeritage DNA tests only your autosomes and lags behind the market leaders with a relatively light 1.5 million tests on record.

Usually priced at £79, but you can pick it up for £69 from Amazon.

Best family tree services and deals

Family Tree History deals  

The market-leading Ancestry is the world's most popular genealogical service with millions of digitized historical records to help you grow your family tree. You can also sign up for a gift membership for its UK Premium and Worldwide records accounts (from £69.99/US$99 for 6 months).

Find My Past is another popular service with many records and a family-tree creator. It has Starter, Plus and Pro accounts, starting at £6 per month for 12 months, which saves you 33% from the 1-month Starter option. You can also get a 14-day free trial.

The Genealogist is another family-tree service that has a wide range of possible accounts, starting with the Starter Personal Premium (3 months at £14.95, 6 months at £28.95, and a year at £54.95).

It also has Gold Personal Premium (from £24.95) and Diamond Personal Premium from £119.45 (12 months). You can compare the prices of the accounts on the Genealogist site.

Right now it's offering £20 off a 4-month subscription to its Diamond Personal Premium subscription.

There's also a promotion on the annual subscription bundle that can save you £92. It costs £99.45 (£20 off usual price) and includes a free 12-month subscription to the Discover Your Ancestors Online Magazine (worth £24.99), a charting pack, a Discover Your Ancestors Bookazine, and a Find Your Ancestor Guide (all worth £47).

You can also get £10 off its TreeView (Standard Edition) software for logging ancestry information and tracking your research.

Best DNA and Ancestry Kit deals on now

1. 23andMe (US) DNA Test bundles

From: 23andMe

Was: $199

Now: $149  (Up to $50 off)

Get $50 off the Health and Ancestry bundle from 23andMe, or $20 off the Ancestry and Traits Service. Ends 15 October.

2. The Genealogist Diamond Personal Premium (Annual)

From: The Genealogist

Was: Up to £171.44

Now: Up to £91.99 off  (with free magazines, charting pack & guide)

You can save up to £92 on a bundle that includes the Diamond Personal Premium account with a free Charting Pack, Discover Your Ancestors bookazine, a Find Your Ancestors Guide and a free 12-month Discover Your Ancestors magazine.

3. The Genealogist Diamond Personal Premium - 4 Months

From: The Genealogist

Was: £59.95

Now: £39.95  (£20 off)

Get a £20 discount on the four-month Diamond Personal Premium subscription. It comes with a free 12-month free subscription to the Discover Your Ancestors Online Magazine.

4. DNAfit Health Fit

From: Amazon

Was: £169

Now: £151.84  (£17.16 off)

Use results from the Fitness Diet Pro's DNA test to personalize your nutrition and exercises.

5. National Geographic DNA Test Kit: Geno 2.0 Next Generation (Ancestry)

From: Amazon US

Was: US$99.99

Now: US$39.96  (US$60 off)

This kit available to US Amazon shoppers offers ancestry insights dating as far back as 500,000 years. It doesn't provide health insights, however. UK shoppers can choose to have it shipped.

6. tellmeGen DNA Test Kit (US)

From: Amazon US

Was: US$199

Now: US$159  (US$50 off, extra US$9 off with coupon)

tellmeGen's DNA testing kit reveals users' genetic information to improve health decisions. Results are updated every month for free as new discoveries occur in health and medicine. This kit includes ancestry insights as well.

7. Ancestry Family Tree (6 Months)

From: Ancestry.com

Was: £19.99 per month

Now: £16.66 per month  (£20 off)

Save £20 when you choose the the Everything on Ancestry plan for 6 months.

8. The Genealogist TreeView Research Software

From: TheGenealogist

Was: £34.95

Now: £24.95  (£10 off)

TreeView helps you organize your family tree research. Now with £10 off.