05 August 2018

Family Tree DNA's Summer Sale is on!!!

Family Tree DNA started their summer sale August 1st, but my computer was in the repair, so I’m just now getting to my blog.

The sale will last until August 31st.

FTDNA tells us:
“Please note that it is not necessary to add an upgrade to Y-111 with the Big Y-500. Adding the Big Y-500 will automatically include the upgrade from whatever STR level you have tested even though you won't see it as a separate product in the shopping cart.”

AND, if you tested a Y-37 test and you wish to do the Big Y 500, you will automatically receive the Y-67 and Y-111 upgrade!  These prices are cheaper than what the original Big Y was.

The following are the standard and sale prices.

Single Products & Bundles
Standard Price
Discount Amount
Sale Price
$ 169
$ 40
$ 129
Family Finder
$ 79
$ 20
FMS (mtFull Seq)
FF + Y37 + FMS
$ 546
$ 119
$ 328
Big Y 500
$ 649
$ 150
$ 499
Standard Price
Discount Amount
Sale Price
$ 109
$ 40
$ 69
$ 59
$ 24
$ 35
$ 109
$ 40
$ 69
$ 228
$ 128
$ 129
$ 40
$ 89
MT (MT + - FMS)
Upgrades to Big Y-500
Standard Price
Discount Amount
Sale Price
Y12 - Big Y 500
$ 629
$ 130
$ 499
Y25 - Big Y 500
$ 599
$ 100
$ 499
Y37- Big Y 500
$ 569
$ 110
$ 459
Y67- Big Y 500
$ 499
$ 100
$ 399
Y111- Big Y 500
$ 449
$ 100
$ 349

Of course, I would love to see everyone test...you are all my cousins!  (We just need to figure out the path! LOL)

Best wishes,

04 June 2018

DNA Father's Day Sales

Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th and the sales have begun!

Many men (and women) have taken the autosomal DNA test at various companies, but only Family Tree DNA can offer men a DNA test for their Y-chromosome.  (Women do not have a Y-chromosome, so they should have a brother test, an uncle, nephew, etc. on their all-male line.)  See the all-red line (on the top) below.

                              Chart courtesy Richard Hill, DNA Testing Adviser

Testing the all-male line (your father's father's father, etc.; no females involved) can provide the surname for adoptees as well as confirm that the suspected surname is correct.  Remember DNA testing helps prove our lineage.

Even if you are certain of a male surname in your family, you never know if 200 years ago or so, someone decided to change the name for a large variety of reasons.  None of which would reflect on the tester.  Some people changed their surname or its spelling for descendants to be able to distinguish them as the ancestor; some were escaping a cruel situation, some were adopted, some never knew their biological father.  Understand that before surnames were ever used, area families took in those who lost their parent(s).

You can test and then join a family project with your surname.  The administrator can further help you understand the results.  Even before testing, you can go to the Family Tree DNA home page to see if there is already a surname project for your name.

Once tested, I encourage everyone to join their Haplogroup Project.  A tester's haplogroup is their twig on the world family tree.

For more information on understanding a Y-DNA test, see: Who's Your Daddy?

For the sale:

Family Tree DNA's autosomal test is called Family Finder and is on sale for $59.  This is a test comparable to AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage which provides matches anywhere in the pedigree chart back about 5-8 generations, depending.  However, testing in multiple companies provides you with different cousin matches as each company has a different database.


18 May 2018

Southern California Genealogy Society's Jamboree 2018 - Open for Live Streaming!!!

LIVE Streaming for Genetic Genealogy and Jamboree NOW OPEN!
For the first time ever, the Jamboree Committee is opening registration for live streaming for two conferences at the same time.  
Ø The 6th Annual Genetic Genealogy conference is offering six classes on Thursday, May 31.  

Ø The 49th Annual Genealogy Jamboree is offering six classes on Friday, June 1 AND six classes on Saturday, June 2.

Genetic Genealogy Live Steam
·      Six presentations to choose from
·      Register for one for $20
·      Register for the series of six for $99
·      Watch live or anytime through 11:59 PM on July 31, 2018
·      Handouts available to registrants for download and printing 

                                      Register HERE

Genealogy Jamboree Live Stream

·      Twelve presentations
·      Register for the series and watch as many or as few as you want
·      $10 for SCGS members
·      $55 for non-members (Or join SCGS first, register for live streaming as a member and save $5!)
·      Watch live or anytime through 11:59 PM on July 31, 2018
·      Handouts available to registrants for download and printing.

                                      Register HERE

What happened to free live streaming at Jamboree?
The SCGS is very appreciative of Ancestry’s support of our conferences. Unfortunately, ever increasing costs have caught up to us and prevent us from offering this event at no charge. The Jamboree Committee has kept fees as low as possible. For members, the fee of $10 for 12 classes is just 83 cents per class.  For non-members, the fee of $55 for the 12 classes is just $4.58 per class. Compared to other conference live stream offerings, SCGS remains a bargain!