Monday, June 29, 2015

Genealogy TV

"Who do You Think You Are?" returns to TLC TV on July 26 in the USA.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Father's Day sale at FTDNA

Family Finder test $89. But there are other options:

"Here are two FTDNA coupon codes to use BEFORE midnight Houston (Central) time 21 June. To use one or other, after you get to the order page (by signing into your personal FTDNA myPage and then clicking on UPGRADE in your top right hand corner). But in ADDITION to these coupons, there is also a Family Finder (FF) sale price of $89.00... 

In order to use a coupon code in conjunction with this FF sale, you will need to add another test to achieve the threshold. These codes are said to be good for ANY order, so please tell your friends and relatives to join a surname project and order. 

It is suggested that you "play" with the coupon codes to achieve a price that works for you:- 
jam30 enables a US$30.00 reduction - I suspect the threshold is US$149 
jam15p enables a 15% discount on any order - the threshold is US$98.00 
Example, if you have been considering, say the BigY, then use jam15p and reduce the cost from $575 to $488.75."

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fantastic offer at FTDNA

Forwarded message: 

"With the problems at GedMatch, FTDNA has offered to allow people to download to FTDNA for $10.00 off. Use Coupon FTDNA1024. Go and when you pay use FTDNA1024.

LAST THROUGH TOMORROW NIGHT ONLY!!! Thanks FTDNA for providing us this offer.

Now is also the time to break down and buy that upgrade if you've been debatting... $29.00 is the lowest price I've seen for this."

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sale at FTDNA!

This weekend only, for the duration of the SCGS Genealogical Conference in California.

Y-37 $139 
Y-67 $238 
FMS $169 
FF $89 
15% off of upgrades 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Note to the Wise

If you have built your family tree on any website and do not have it on your own computer as well, take heed. If you have had DNA tests done and have not downloaded the raw data and results to your own computer, beware.

A rumor is circulating that Ancestry may be for sale, but this is just one of many potential calamities. Businesses come and go all the time in today's world. Sometimes it's for the better and sometimes for the worse. We have seen SMGF (Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation) shut down, Heritage DNA merge and disappear, the Master Genealogist disappear, Ancestry withdraw from YDNA and mtDNA testing and the loss of its Y and mt databases. None of these events has been an improvement. Instead it has led to much gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands.

All of us as genealogists have spent many years and considerable money researching our family's history and compiling photos, records, correspondence and other treasures. We must protect our work. If you do not have copies of everything you have done in your own computer (and backed up to ensure its safety and continuity), now is the time to act. Google to find a genealogy software package that works with your operating system (Mac or Windows) and that includes GEDCOM, a universal program that lets you download your tree from Ancestry or any other online location or genealogy software to your own computer so it will be both places. Test it to make sure your own new computer file is complete . Note that Ancestry's download does not include photos, files, and records you've attached. Also be sure you have copies of your raw data and matches from any testing company on your own computer. Then back it all up to two or three different devices or storage sites. Google offers 15 gigabytes free, for example.

This is not an alarmist view; it is common sense. Read more at this blog.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Celebrate DNA Day

Family Tree DNA Sale on Big Y

This announcement arrived in my Inbox a few minutes ago. To get the $100 discount on Big Y, use the coupon code below.
DNA Day 2015 is here!  Every year students, teachers, and the public take this day to learn more about genetics and genomics!  

Celebrate advances in the field of genetics with a Family Finder test, and don't forget to tune in to CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday, 4/26/2015 for an exciting DNA segment!

Family Tree DNA is looking forward to offering many exciting deals beginning summer 2015.  This DNA Day, use coupon code DNADayBigY to take $100 off Big Y.  This coupon is valid from 12:00 AM 4/25/2015 through 11:59 PM 4/30/2015.
Why Family Finder?

Why Big Y?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ancestry DNA sale

Order your DNA test now from for only $79 (normally $99) until April 27.