Ancestry’s Hidden 50% Off Subscription Offer and More Deals for Black Friday Weekend

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Ancestry’s Hidden 50% Off Subscription Offer and More Deals for Black Friday Weekend

If you’ve been waiting for some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday genealogy deals to come along, the time has come. Top companies are offering big savings this weekend so grab them while you can. Most of these deals end on Cyber Monday or shortly after. We listed the best ones below.

Update on Nov 28th – Most of the deals mentioned on this page have now ended, but many have been replaced with new discounts. Follow the links below to see what is currently being offered.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Genealogy Deals

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Ancestry.com Gift Subscriptions, DNA Kits and a Hidden Way to Save 50% on New Subscriptions

Ancestry is doing some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions. If you’re not a current subscriber, or are looking to buy gift memberships or DNA kits, you could save a lot – including a way to get an Ancestry DNA kit and 6 month access to all of their records for $133!

First, Ancestry.com is offering gift subscriptions for 50% off! This is an excellent deal and pretty uncommon. It’s usually very hard to find discounts on their memberships, especially this high. You can buy any number of gifts for family or friends (or even for yourself if you don’t already have a subscription!) Each gift subscription is non-renewing so there is no need to worry about future renewal costs and you can choose the US Discovery (US only records) or the World Explorer (all records) option.

In addition to this offer we just discovered a hidden way to get 50% off a World Explorer membership for new subscribers when you order a DNA kit . When you order a DNA kit right now you are offered 50% off on a new 6 month membership – that means the price is $74 instead of $149!

Since Ancestry is also offering their DNA kits for their lowest price ever of $59 you could get a DNA test AND 6 months access to all their records for $133! That’s a huge savings.

This is, unfortunately, only available on new subscriptions (not renewals). You will need to buy a DNA kit first to find this offer and won’t see the offer until after you complete your DNA purchase. It will appear on your confirmation screen. We have no idea how long this will last and cannot guarantee its availability

All Access, which includes Newspapers.com and Fold3, doesn’t seem to be included in any of their Black Friday or Cyber Monday offers right now – but these companies are having independent deals as well (see below).

Check for Ancestry offers outside the US as well.


MyHeritage DNA Kits

Speaking of great deals on DNA kits, MyHeritage has dropped the price of their genealogy-centric test kits to $49 for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can read more about why we like this test here.

This is a really good offer, especially considering that they are also offering discounted shipping and some of the fastest results in the industry. The list price for this test is $99, but it is commonly offered at $79.

They are not offering any deals on their subscriptions for the Black Friday weekend but you can always get a 14 day free trial right here.


Family Tree DNA Kits

Family Tree DNA has dropped the price of their DNA kits all the way down to $49. This is a very good price from the oldest genetic genealogy test provider in the industry. The list price for these tests is $89, but they regularly sell for $69.

They are also offering discounts on their Y-DNA and mtDNA tests and you can get some really big savings here.


Not sure which DNA test to choose. Read our guide.


FindMyPast Subscriptions

FindMyPast, who offers a wide variety of mostly UK and Irish records, is offering two deals – 10% off their annual subscriptions for Black Friday and Cyber Monday with code blackfriday10 and 75% off a one month subscription with code blackfriday17.

If you use the links here you won’t need the coupon codes. These are fairly solid deals, but FindMyPast has been known to offer some pretty steep discounts on their one month subscriptions and 10% off on an annual subscription is certainly not unheard of. However, if you’re researching ancestors who lived in the UK, FindMyPast is a must-have subscription since they have many one of a kind records (you can read about one of their unique collections, PERSI, here). That makes this a deal worth checking out.


Newspapers.com Subscriptions

Newspapers.com, the newspaper archive site owned by Ancestry (see our recent article about their ability to sync with your family tree), is offering $20 off a 6 month Publisher Extra subscription. The price is $54.90 with this offer.


Fold3 Subscriptions

Fold3 is also offering a subscription discount to their millions of military service and war-related records. Access is only $47.95 right now for an entire year.

That’s it folks. If we hear of any more great Black Friday or Cyber Monday genealogy deals we’ll be sure to add them to this list. Enjoy!

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  • April 9, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gayle
    November 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I do know that today on Amazon it is $55 with free shipping with Amazon Prime.

  • Earl/Sueila Spencer, 7 Crawford Street, Cortland, NY
    November 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    My wife, Sheila Spencer ordered a DNA KIT recently and paid $59.00 plus S&H. We just found out where the same kit is only $49.00 plus S&H. We are on SS and our budget is very tight. Will you honor the new price and credit the credit card with the difference?

    • Andrea
      November 25, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      This website isn’t selling those kits. You will need to go to the company you bought the kit from to ask that question. Hopefully they will, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

    • Gayle
      November 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Where did you find the same kit for $49 instead of $59? Are you sure it wasn’t different companies?

      • Petrina Slade
        November 27, 2017 at 10:45 am

        It is being advertised on TV by Ancestry.com. I am here to ask the same question. Why TV ad says $49 and when you go to Ancestry.com it says $59. Are there TWO companies by that name?

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