Thursday, February 16, 2017

Good news for all atDNA testers

Family Tree DNA is now offering the ability to transfer (actually copy) your DNA results from Ancestry or 23andMe to Family Finder, regardless of when you tested and on which version. And the transfer cost is only $19.00. This is really good news for all of us because we no doubt have matches at all three companies, but testing at all three can be cost prohibitive. Of course, everyone should also upload their test results from any ofthe three companies to That is free. Both FTDNA and Gedmatch offer tools that Ancestry and 23andMe do not.

Another good reason to do this is that you can join projects at FTDNA and get discounted prices for Y-DNA and mtDNA tests if you ever want to do that. Notice that you will still have to provide a DNA sample for those other tests, since the Transfer only provides raw data, not the actual DNA.

See the following blog for more information and instructions:  Autosomal Transfers

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Useful tips and reminders

For an excellent guide, please see Even though it is especially directed to Y-DNA testers, there is a great deal of useful information for all DNA testers.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Last chance for best prices

If you've been procrastinating... or just not quite ready to buy a DNA test to further your genealogy... or know a distant cousin who is willing to test but not willing to pay for it...

Now is the time to invest in your genealogy. Read today's edition of one of my favorite blogs to find the right test and get the best prices on the tests you're ready to buy.

These are the best prices ever, and now is the best time ever.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

A very important discovery!

I learned an important lesson this morning and have to share.

Many of us have had atDNA tests at one or more of the Big Three companies and dutifully uploaded the results of one or more to Following up on advice to have only one active (public) test and either delete or inactivate (mark as Research) any others, I ran the Diagnostic tool at Gedmatch to see which test yields more matches. Lo and behold, my FTDNA test has almost 20,000 more matches than my Ancestry test. (I did not check 23andMe results.)

The very clear result is that everyone should have the Family Finder test at, regardless of whether they have tested elsewhere, then upload its results to Gedmatch. Test, do not just transfer. I will no longer use the Ancestry test at Gedmatch for analysis and reports. My test of choice is Family Finder.

The holiday sale prices are in effect now until December 31: Family Finder $59.00.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Would you like your own genealogy website?

Good news! John Cardinal, brilliant developer and owner of Second Site, an amazing program limited to users of the now defunct The Master Genealogist, now brings to genealogists everywhere a similar program that accepts GEDCOM input.

This means you have a broad and growing array of features that enable you to maintain your entire genealogy database (or at least as much of it as GEDCOM supports plus some added functionality) on your own website. You can read about it and purchase and download it here:

I have enjoyed Second Site since its inception and couldn't be more satisfied with its flexibility, capability and elegant design, as well as John's asmazing support. Here is my website, built using Second Site. This new program, Gedsite, promises similar capacity with lots of design options. Doris's Genealogy.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Best family Christmas present ever

Do you still have family members who have not yet had a DNA test? Certainly the oldest should be tested first. Prices have never been better than right now. Bring into the fold great aunts, uncles, grandparents, and more. Here is a link to see what's available: Your Genetic Genealogist.

There are essentially three companies that serve the genealogy community: Family Tree DNA, Ancestry and 23andMe. The first is full service; that is, they offer all the appropriate tests that are available to help us learn about our family history. Order its Family Finder test for everyone to find cousins across your entire pedigree. Their Y-DNA test is for males only, strictly for the paternal line -- father to his father to his father, etc. Their mtDNA test is for everyone but applies only to the strict maternal line -- mother to her mother to her mother, etc. You can always upgrade or add on.

Ancestry and 23andMe offer just one test, which is equivalent to Family Finder.

For a basic overview, see my website. Don't miss out on these wonderful prices.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Have you joined yet? Exciting offer!

The following appeared on Facebook:

We are excited to announce that we will be giving away Whole-Genome sequencing services to some of our users!
Our goal is to reach 40,000 users by Christmas Day. If we can meet that goal as a community, we will be giving two of our users a fully sequenced genome as a holiday gift.
But, it wouldn’t be in true DNA.Land style if we didn’t shoot for the moon!
We have set a number of exciting stretch goals.
If we reach 45,000 users by Christmas Day, we will give five of our users a fully sequenced genome as a holiday gift.
If we reach 50,000 users by Christmas Day, we will give ten of our users a fully sequenced genome as a holiday gift.
And, if we reach 100,000 users by Christmas Day, we will give whopping fifty of our users a fully sequenced genome as a holiday gift.
It has been because of the generosity of our users that DNA.Land has been such a success.
And, we look forward to continuing our service to the scientific community for many years to come!
Thank you.
More on us:
DNA.Land is a free not-for-profit website to crowd source genetic data by Columbia University and the New York Genome Center. If you were tested with either 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, or AncestryDNA you can participate and learn more about your genome. Participation is simple and setting an account only takes a few mintues.

Posted by: Larry Vick <>