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If you've been laboring over what to get your loved ones this Christmas, consider grabbing an at-home DNA test from AncestryDNA. These user-friendly kits make for a fun gift full of potentially illuminating discoveries about the family tree.has a deal that cuts the cost of the AncestryDNA down to $49 today (normally $69).
My own mom did one several years ago and had a lot of fun with it. For one, she learned we are far more Irish and less English than we previously thought. Not life-altering news by any means, but it was certainly interesting.
Deleting your data once you've received your results can help protect your privacy. The New York Times outlinedafter the test is finished:
"To delete data from Ancestry,, click the DNA tab and choose Your DNA Results Summary. From there, click Settings and choose Delete Test Results. You'll have to enter your password again to confirm that you want to delete your information.