Saturday, January 17, 2015

23andMe and MyHeritage

I'm sure everyone knows that 23andMe has entered into a partnership with 23andMe. Starting May 1, 2015, if you have a tree at 23andMe, it will be moved to MyHeritage.com, or you have the option of uploading your own GEDCOM to MyHeritage or keep the tree you already have there.

You may also know that MyHeritage offers free genealogy software that integrates with your online tree so updating is automatic. What, if any, new features might be offered by MyHeritage that make use of your DNA data from 23andMe is not yet known.

Be aware! MyHeritage will import your tree or allow you to create a new one for free but only for six months. After that, if your tree has 250 nodes or more, you will have to pay the normal subscription fee at MyHeritage to keep it there.

Learn more at https://www.23andme.com/family-tree/.

If you still have questions about autosomal DNA...

Check out, and study, Roberta Estes' blog today: http://dna-explained.com/2015/01/17/demystifying-autosomal-dna-matching/.

One caution: Roberta talks a lot about IBS (identical by state, as opposed to IBD -- identical by descent) matches. While virtually all matches at all three companies are IBD and therefore reliable matches to your relatives, those with really small amounts of matching DNA may not be. Accept the matching thresholds and you're safe to assume the matches are real. If you tinker with the thresholds, i.e., lower the matching level, then beware. The only time you should ever lower the level is when you believe an individual should match you but doesn't, then give that a try -- but only if you have good reason to believe the other person is a definite relative.

One example of this might be if your sibling or a cousin matches someone and you don't, you might want to try lowering the threshold to see if you inherited such a small chunk from the common ancestor that it simply doesn't show up. Of course, there's always the possibility that you didn't inherit any from that particular ancestor.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Announcing Geno 2.0 Sale

Geno 2.0 is the test currently sponsored by National Geographic (with lab work performed by Family Tree DNA). It is the latest, best work currently being done on the scientific aspects of DNA testing, especially as it relates to ethnicity and deep origins. Note that it is not for genealogy... yet.

The sale price is $159.95 "for a limited time." There is no expiration date given so this offer could end at any time. The normal price is $199.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Still time to order DNA tests at holiday prices!

Following is a list of current offers. If the one you want to use is already used, write to me doriswh AT gmail.com. I may be able to find more.

Courtesy of John R. Carpenter:

Coupon codes for different DNA tests currently on sale at FTDNA.com .
 
These coupons expire 12/28/2014 at 11:59 PM CT. Only valid for 1 purchase.
Cannot be combined with other coupons.
 
You got $10 off any purchase!
That's $10 on top of the discounted Holiday Sale prices!
Use the promo code below at checkout:
 
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You got $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111!
That's $10 on top of the discounted Holiday Sale prices!
Use the promo code below at checkout:
 
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You got $100 off Big Y!
That's $100 on top of the discounted Holiday Sale prices!
Use the promo code below at checkout:
 
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You got $10 off Family Finder!
That's $10 on top of the discounted Holiday Sale prices!
Use the promo code below at checkout:
 
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You got $5 off Family Finder!
That's $5 on top of the discounted Holiday Sale prices!
Use the promo code below at checkout:
 
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You got $10 off mtFull Sequence!
That's $10 on top of the discounted Holiday Sale prices!
Use the promo code below at checkout:
 
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R5ZVM1UE
 
Note: these codes were valid at posting, if code is rejected, then some one has already used it. Then choose another.
 
 
FTDNA Regular Prices
 
Test               Regular                   Group * 
Y-DNA 12      $ 59- 
Y-DNA 25$109$109    
Y-DNA 37$169$149
Y-DNA 67$268$248
Y-DNA 111$359$339
mtDNAPlus (HVR1+HVR2)$69$69
FMS$199$199
Family Finder$99$99
Comprehensive Genome$566$546
Big Y$575$575
 
*Discount for joining a group
 
 
2014 Holiday Sale Prices until 31 Dec 2014 12:59 PM CT

Product-Regular Price-Sale Price-you save
Y37 $169 $129 $40 off
Y67 $268 $199 $69 off
Y111 $359 $289 $70 off

Upgrades
Y12 to Y37 $99 $78 $21 off
Y12 to Y67 $189 $149 $40 off
Y12 to Y111 $339 $257 $82 off
Y25 to Y37 $49 $39 $10 off
Y25 to Y67 $148 $119 $29 off
Y25 to Y111 $249 $209 $40 off
Y37 to Y67 $99 $78 $21 off
Y37 to Y111 $220 $187 $33 off
Y67 to Y111 $129 $109 $20 off

Family Finder $99 $89 $10 off
mtFullSequence $199 $169 $30 off
mtDNA+ to mtFullSequence $159 $139 $20 off 

Monday, December 1, 2014

"Mystery Rewards" at Family Tree DNA

FTDNA's holiday sale this year has a new feature: mystery gifts. They announce a mystery reward every week during the sale period (until December 31st) that applies on top of the sale price for a given test. Roberta Estes, author of the "must read" blog for all genealogists, is collecting unused rewards and making them available to all.

If you have never had a DNA test, or have been waiting for a good opportunity to upgrade and expand your genealogical knowledge, take advantage of this really great sale to learn more about your family history by matching your DNA to others.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Sale Time at FTDNA!

Don't miss it! Now is the time to order the DNA test you've been thinking about. Buy it as a Christmas gift for a relative, or buy it to upgrade or extend your own testing. See what you can learn! Details are here and here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

"Finding your Roots"

I have been especially enjoying this season's episodes, which I think have improved over last year's.

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 25, is the last of this season and it promises to be of special interest to those of us who find DNA testing to be essential to genealogy.

Read more by CeCe Moore, our own genetic genealogist who serves as a consultant to Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the producer.