Do you have any FACTS regards the various services?
There appears to be a couple of services by Ancestry....FTDNA (family tree NDA) participates.And then there is ancestry.comanother one maybe genealogy.com (?) not sure.ALL are Ancestry related and the TOS are lengthy.
Then there is the 23andMe genetics group Which appears a little more professional on it's website but difficult to talk to anyone as you leave email and they plan to get back in 5 days or so and the TOS (Terms of Service seen exceptionaly long).
Both Ancestry and "23andMe" have a sale for the kit of $99.But there seems to have been a subscription in the past where you had to pay a lot more money in order to view and get results of others who might be related....Now here's where it gets muddy.While they appear to have eliminated the subscription fee which was ongoing over a period of time but is now suspended with the understanding they could reinstitute it at any time.It was $299 & $399.
So...where does that leave me? I have an 89 year old who is three generations away from a main line.He is willing to give his DNA BUT since he won't be around forever we need to 1.Have someone be the custodian of viewing it.(Me) 2.Pick a service that is not super expensive in case we can get other's of the Scurlock line to also input their DNA if they so choose.So is this the right service for us?
3.Since he and I live in different places it is difficult to figure out what type of document the service needs (required by Ancestry and also 23andMe) to show you have permission to have this information and then get both paperwork and documents together.Time is of the essence.
4.One of the services that appear more "professional" has reserved the "right" to instituent more fees.It's ok by me if they get more improved methods to test to upgrade their results but it should not be ongoing charge.This service appears to also provide a lot of health information so folks would want to hold that tight to them selves and so viewing cousins against cousins doesn't seem easy.It's a nice chart but not sure how it shows what you get.
5.Since "your own" spit for testing is "not your own any longer," that is you can't get samples of it back at any point so if your person dies, you can't take the information and go to another DNA service...so seems like a captive customer situation with no control over future charges.