30 December 2019

MyHeritage - Ten Year "Report"

MyHeritage has accomplished a lot this year.

Over the past 10 years, we’ve built up a treasure trove of global historical records, introduced MyHeritage DNA tests for genealogy and for health, signed up 69 million users, added 3.07 billion family tree profiles, acquired 7 companies, welcomed 406 employees, and so much more.

The above is a quote from their site.  Stop by and read it all here!

Congrats to MyHeritage and its crew!  May the next 10 years be even more exciting!


27 December 2019

Family Tree DNA Holiday Sale is Extended

Family Tree DNA has tests are on sale until January 2

The paternal (all-male line) - only males can test
               Y-37                      $99 (reg. $169)
               Y-111                   $199 (reg. $160)
               Big Y-700             $299 (reg. $640)

The maternal (all-female line) is now only $199 (reg. $139)
The Family Finder test (autosomal DNA (is only $49 (reg. $79)

See: https://www.familytreedna.com/ for more details.


Promethease: Free Until Dec 31, 20219

MyHeritage acquired Promethease and has made it free until Dec 31, 2019 (Central Time)

Now is a great time to upload DNA data to Promethease to obtain up-to-date health information for free. You can download your report and your uploaded DNA data will be deleted in a few days. Read the full blog post here: https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/12/only-a-few-days-left-to-use-promethease-for-free/

Check it out and read the fine print!

Have fun!

14 December 2019

MyHeritage Holiday Challenge

MyHeritage Holiday Heritage Challenge

You could win a grand prize of 10 MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry kits and 10 MyHeritage Subscriptions!!!!

v There’s a new challenge each week
v Post your answer to your favorite social media platform for your change to win the weekly prize
v One grand prize winner will be chosen at the end of the competition

This week’s challenge:

What is your favorite family holiday dish and what’s the story behind it?

Post your answer on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #holidayheritage and share your post with friends and family to get as many likes as possible.

The post with the most likes at the end of the week will win a MyHeritage DNA Heath+Ancestry kit and a MyHeritage Subscription.

The post with the most likes at the end of the competition will win our grand prize: 10 MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry kits and 10 MyHeritage Subscriptions.

For this and the future challenges see this link

Have fun and good luck!!!!

11 December 2019

Family Tree DNA Sales Until Dec 26

Not only does Family Tree DNA have sales on many of their tests, they are allowing FREE shipping on the kits. This is a great sale.  You do not always see upgrades on sale.

Also, the tests below the FMS (Full Mitochondrial Sequence) are now quite antiquated.  You really need the FMS.

The same goes for any Y-DNA test below a Y-37.  AND, frankly, that is even not real useful, especially if you are in a major haplogroup.

It is wise to upgrade these tests since so many people are testing and you need to know more detail about how you connect to them.

Single Tests:
Family  Finder (FF).......Reg. $79; now $49
Y-37 ..............................Reg. $169; now $99
Y-111.............................Reg. $359; now $199
Big Y700.......................Reg. $649; now $399
FMS...............................Reg. $199; now $139

$9 off of each additional tested added to a bundle

Y-12 to 37......................Reg. $109; now $79
Y-12 to 67......................Reg. $199; now $149
Y-12 to 111....................Reg. $359; now $169

Y-25 to 37......................Reg. $59; now $49
Y-25 to 67......................Reg. $159; now $119
Y-25 to 111....................Reg. $269; now $149

Y-37 to 67......................Reg. $109; now $69
Y-37 to 111....................Reg. $228; now $119

Y-67 to 111....................Reg. $99; now $69

Y-12 to Big Y-700.............Reg. $629; now $359
Y-25 to Big Y-700.............Reg. $599; now $349
Y-37 to Big Y-700.............Reg. $569; now $319
Y-67 to Big Y-700.............Reg. $499; now $259
Y-111 to Big Y-700............Reg. $499; now $229
Big Y-500 to Big Y-700....Reg. $249; now $189

mtDNA to FMS.................Reg. $159; now $99
mtPlus to FMS...................Reg. $159; now $99


MyHeritage DNA Transfer Free until Dec 18

The MyHeritage blog states:

This Week Only: DNA Uploads Are Completely Free Forever (Including All Advanced DNA Features!)

You are saving the $29 uploading fee.

Why upload to MyHeritage
  • Huge global user base of more than 3.5 million people
  • The best service worldwide for European DNA matches
  • Advanced and innovative DNA tools Including Chromosome Browser, AutoClusters, Theory of Family Relativity™ and much more
  • DNA data uploaded to MyHeritage is completely private and secure. Only you can see the DNA data you upload.
  • MyHeritage will never sell data to insurance companies, and we have a strict policy prohibiting the use of our DNA services by law enforcement agencies.
What the limited-time offer includes
If you take advantage of this offer and upload your raw DNA data this week, in addition to the basic DNA features such as receiving, exporting, and contacting DNA Matches and viewing shared ancestral surnames, you’ll be able to access the following features absolutely free, not just this week but also in the future:
  • Ethnicity Estimate
  • Chromosome Browser
  • View family trees and pedigree charts of your DNA Matches
  • Shared DNA Matches
  • Shared ethnicities
  • Shared ancestral places
  • AutoClusters
  • Theory of Family Relativity™
Go to this MyHeritage link to learn how to upload your DNA results.


29 November 2019

Family Tree DNA Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

Take advantage of these wonderful sales!!!!


*Thanksgiving Sale ends November 28th at 11:59 pm PST.  Other promotions and offers not valid for this event. Free Shipping offer is for standard delivery only. 

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01 November 2019

Family Tree DNA's Thanksgiving Sale

November 1 to November 28
Great Savings!!!  --- $20 to $270 OFF Selected Tests.
Today marks the beginning of our Thanksgiving Sale! Below you can find pricing for the sale as well as some important changes for the sale. 

Big Y BAM File

Starting today, Big Y participants will see some changes to how they are able to download raw data for the Big Y product. Below are further details.

For customers who purchase a Big Y-700 starting 11/01/19, the product will not include downloadable raw data. However, customers will have the option to purchase the “Big Y Raw Data” product after the Big Y test has begun processing.

Customers who purchased a Big Y-700 or Big Y-500 prior to 11/01/19, will continue to have access to their downloadable raw data. These existing customers will see a new product added to their Order History called “Big Y Raw Data.” This product has been added at no charge to ensure continued access to their downloadable raw data.

The downloadable raw data is expensive for FTDNA to provide for our customers and only a small portion of Big Y participants request this download. Rather than continue to pass this cost along to all Big Y participants, we have chosen to only charge those who wish to download their BAM file for that data. This change allows us to reduce the price of the test, which in turn will give more customers the ability to participate in Big Y testing and building the Haplotree. 

Y-67 Product Offering

Y-67 is not included in this sale since Y-111 is at the price point we would normally have Y-67. For this reason, we have disabled the Y-67 product for new Y-DNA testers to minimize inquiries. However, the option to upgrade to Y-67 is still available. 

Thanksgiving Sale Pricing

Are you my cousin????  Let's find out!


18 July 2019

FHF - Family History Fanatics Webinar August 9

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Family History Fanatics is holding a great webinar (eConference) August 9, 2019.  FHF is operated by Andy and Devon Noel Lee.  This is a genealogy education company with books and presentations available at conferences and online.  See their website here.

FHF eConferences are an inexpensive webinar from some well-known speakers.  Their press release:

A Summer of DNA eConference

Genetic genealogy can be confusing, but several tools and strategies can help us make more sense
of it all. Sponsored by MyHeritage, all registrants have a chance to win one of 4 DNA kits and other
door prizes.

This conference will discuss the new Theory of Family Relativity tool from MyHeritage DNA and how
to process DNA matches that have endogamy involved. You'll also learn how to choose who in your
family should take a DNA test to help with your cousin match quest. Finally, you'll come to
understand the purposes of atDNA and how to make more cousin discovers and verify your lineage.

DATE: Friday, 9 August 2019
Begins 8:30 am Central

  •       Theory of Family Relativity and Other MyHeritage DNA Tools - Daniel Horowitz
  •        Testing Family Members (why & who to choose) - Donna Rutherford
  •        atDNA: Verify, Correct, Expand - Emily Aulicino
  •        When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Working with Endogamy and DNA - Leah Larkin

After the individual sessions, the four panelists will return for an open panel discussion about writing.


Early bird pricing is $19.99 until July 31st. After that, pricing will increase to $24.99. You MUST register by August 7th to watch the eConference and obtain the handouts.

To learn more and register visit, https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/summerdna


·        The eConference is open to anyone with an internet connection who is ready to have fun while learning!
·        If you can't attend the live broadcast, you will have access to the replay for 30 days!

The conference producers are the Family History Fanatics, a genealogy education company that focuses on putting the fun in online learning. See the difference the FHF Group puts together for you! If you are interested in scheduling your own eConference fundraiser, email info@familyhistoryfanatics.com .


Theory of Family Relativity and Other MyHeritage DNA Tools - Daniel Horowitz,

Description: MyHeritage DNA test can reveal valuable family history information and enable you to
connect with relatives you never knew. Among the useful newest tools offered are: The Theory of Family
Relativity™ incorporates genealogical information from all our collections of 10+ billion historical records
and family tree profiles, to offer theories on how you and your DNA Matches might be related, and The
AutoClusters organizes your matches who likely belong to the same branch and have a common
ancestor, shedding light on the relationship paths that connect you and your matches.

More about Daniel: Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, providing, key contributions
liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences
around the world. Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, he was the teacher and the study guide editor of
the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several
crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board level position at the Israel
Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).

Testing Family Members (why & who to choose) - Donna Rutherford

Description : This class will outline the benefits of having additional family members test and which family members you should choose. It will explain what to consider and how to go about creating a test plan to answer specific genealogical questions. The general theory will be backed up by examples of how to use your own results coupled with your family results to solve your genealogical problems.

More about Donna: Donna Rutherford is a New Zealander with English and Scottish ancestry. She has
been involved with genealogy for many years and more recently genetic genealogy. Donna works in
London in the IT industry as a Global Business Operations Manager. In her spare time, she manages a
Facebook group to help others with their DNA research. She has worked with Y DNA, mtDNA and has a lot of experience with autosomal DNA for her own research and helping others. Donna specializes in making the complex side of DNA testing easy to understand for those who are new to genetic genealogy and want to maximize the use of their DNA kits. She has been a regular speaker at genealogy events across the UK & Ireland for the past 3 years.

atDNA: Verify, Correct, Expand - Emily Aulicino

Description : Do you have conflicting family stories? Are you certain your cousins are your cousins? Are
you at a dead-end for some ancestral lines? Learn how autosomal DNA testing can help you verify your
lineage, correct your oral family history, and expand your pedigree chart. Through various success
stories, you can discover how others have triumphed and how you can as well.

More about Emily: Emily Aulicino, a retired teacher and Speaker and Regional Coordinator for the
International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG), will explain the basics of Genetic Genealogy, how
DNA testing helps genealogical research, and how to choose a testing company. Time will be provided to
answer questions.

When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Working with Endogamy and DNA - Leah Larkin

Description : Endogamy, the practice of marrying within a specific group, often results in members of that
group being related to one another multiple ways. This can cause relatives to share more DNA than
expected and can complicate genetic genealogy analyses. This talk will address how to identify
endogamy and best practices for working with it.

More about Leah: Leah Larkin earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where
she used DNA to study the relationships among different species. She has worked in both academia and
scientific publishing and applies those research skills daily to her work as a professional specializing in
genetic genealogy.

I hope you will be able to join us! 


04 June 2019

The Father's Day Sale is Here!!!

Get up to 25% off Selected Tests.

Sale Ends June 17th.

Order TODAY!

Do test...you could be my cousin!!!