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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Update on FTDNA Sale

Look here for the full list of sale prices and also for coupons which are discounts on top of sale prices. Note that each coupon can only be used once so if someone else gets to it first, you won't be able to use it: Of course, if you're already a customer of FTDNA, you will have your own coupon on your MyFTDNA page.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sale on DNA tests at FTDNA

Holiday sale on DNA testing is underway now at Family Tree DNA until December 31, 2015: If you have already tested there, log into your account and choose Upgrade to use your existing account log-in and sample.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Listening to" your DNA

Here's a bit of DNA trivia. Do you have an autosomal DNA test from Ancestry, 23andMe or Family Tree DNA (Family Finder)? If so, you can play a melody, or several melodies, and download and save them. Judy Russell wrote a blog sometime ago about this here. I was reminded of it today, when Judy posted about the "new" 23andMe and what we will be losing there.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The "new" 23andMe

23andMe has now received FDA approval to resume marketing of its autosomal test for health purposes. It appears its ancestry testing will not change, meaning it will continue to be an alternative to and to Family Finder by Family Tree DNA but now at double the price of those two.

The resumption of health reports is welcome news. You can read more at and at

Sunday, October 11, 2015

DNA.Land -- a new pool

I have often spoken of the value of "playing in all the pools" to make best use of DNA testing for genealogy. The testing pools are Ancestry, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA's Family Finder. is another pool but for analysis of test results. This week a new pool was launched: DNA.Land.

Judy Russell, the highly esteemed attorney and genetic genealogist, writes about it in her blog:

I will be uploading my test results today. I hope you will all join me.