Has anyone ever tried/heard of KinCore (DNA testing)?

+5 votes

I just found them and was wondering if I should go for it. Basically they provide free/reduced price DNA testing for those who can't afford it. One per household. I'm still reading the webpage.

I can't find any reviews or outside information, so this seemed like a great place to ask!
in The Tree House by Kayla Lewis G2G3 (3.8k points)
Not heard of it. The 3 recognised vendors are Ancestry, Family Tree DNA and 23andme. Family Tree DNA is down to $79 for a Family Finder test (autosomal test). You can't load it to Ancestry but you can load it for free to GedMatch.
Next time I have $80 or more to spare I have some death/divorce records that will have to be ordered, along with some court papers from the 1930's that I am on the opposite end of the country from. I have a lot of stuff in North Dakota, very few of their records have been digitized. Big pain in the butt! And then there are a few things no one in the family wants to tell me about...but I'll get there!

I went ahead and put myself on the waiting list for this place; if it's free the worst it could be is false. If I'm correctly understanding what I've read, they are partnering with Ancestry... I will be the guinea pig, and let everyone know!

I would email Gedmatch and ask if they know anything about its compatibility with them. Even though it's free or very cheap it won't help if none of the other sites can use the data for after-testing analysis. Better perhaps to go the old envelope way of budgeting & stuff small change or $1 a week in an envelope for this sort of thing.

Never heard of them before, and the only thing I have heard of besides Ancestry, 23 and Me, and FTDNA, is Genes for Good on Facebook, and I have tried them and they work and can be put on GEDmatch, they use 23 and Me from what I can see in the raw data.

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+2 votes
Their FAQs say they use "an established ancestry DNA test company". The details suggest that it is FTDNA.
by Chris Hampson G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
KinCore appears to use a spit test.  FTDNA uses a swab test.  The KinCore  Website and FaceBook pages avoid providing useful details about the type of DNA Test they are using.  This makes me suspect they are hiding something. For example it might only be an autosomal STR (i.e. CODIS) test like that used by DNA Tribes which is not compatible with AncestryDNA, 23andme, or Family Finder and not useful for genealogy.
Sounds about right Peter.

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