Thursday, April 21, 2016

SALE - Family tree DNA

In honor of DNA Day, FTDNA will be launching later today its annual sale. It will run until April 26. Here are the prices:

Retail Pricing
   Sale Price
Family Finder
mtFull Seq
SNP Packs
mtDNA plus
Not on Sale

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Urgent - Action needed on Ancestry DNA Matches

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Friday, April 8, 2016

In case you do not follow its blog, you may not have received this announcement from the NEHGS (New England Historical and  Genealogical Society):

Through April 13, American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering FREE access to one billion online records on Free accounts ordinarily allow Guest Users only a sampling of the vast offerings that NEHGS provides family historians of all levels. This unprecedented promotion offers the Society's entire collection of online content for eight full days to anyone who registers for a free account! Already registered? Just log in and start searching. Please share this exciting opportunity with friends, family, and fellow family historians!

This organization's database covers more than just New England, so be sure to check it out:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Learning about Geetic Genealogy

Some of us "early timers" to genetic genealogy, a phrase that didn't even exist in those days (almost 15 years ago now), took our baby steps with this wonderful offering from the venerable Sorenson Molecular Genetic Foundation (SMGF).

As some of you will remember, SMGF was the brainchild of a single man who used a good portion of his wealth to introduce genetics to the world for popular application in genealogy. He financed the testing of thousands of people for the entry level Y-DNA and mtDNA tests that were first available and the creation of an amazing database that was a priceless resource for genealogy. Unfortunately, at his death, his family shut down the research facility, the foundation and everything that went with it. eventually acquired its holdings but then later destroyed them.

But now it looks like they may be bringing it back from the dead? See What can it mean?

Friday, January 8, 2016

Testing Elderly Relatives

If you are testing elderly relatives at Family Tree DNA, be sure to ask for extra vials. Since FTDNA guarantees DNA samples for 25 years, you will be able to have additional tests performed on the original samples for many years to come. However, once a vial is opened, the DNA does begin to degrade so that some is useable later and some is not. By having additional unopened vials in storage, you will have much greater assurance that they will be viable.

Just one more good reason to test with Family Tree DNA! The other companies do not keep your DNA for future testing.

Friday, November 27, 2015

AncestryDNA sale $69

Best price of the year now through Nov 30 midnight Eastern time, 9 pm Pacific time.