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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Free transfers of DNA

If you have tested at Ancestry or at 23andMe (v. 3 only), you may now transfer your results to Family Tree DNA for free. You will be able to view the top twenty matches at FTDNA and, to unlock the rest of your matches and begin communicating with them, the cost is only $39.

As you probably know, Family Tree DNA is the leader in genetic genealogy and continues to offer and expand the advanced tools required to triangulate and thereby prove a lineage. For more information, visit this blog.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ancestry's Irresponsible Behavior

Ancestry is the new leader in the "burn the records" mentality! They followed through with their threat to dewstroy their Y-DNA and mtDNA databases. It's shocking and incomprehensible. Read this blog and the accompanying comments http://dna-explained.com/2014/10/02/ancestry-destroys-irreplaceable-dna-database/.

And take heed. Do not trust one company with your precious DNA, least of all Ancestry.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sale on YDNA tests!

Here's a great opportunity to buy or upgrade: http://dna-explained.com/2014/08/28/y-dna-sale/.

Only FTDNA offers this range of products, and the sale ends September 3.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Master Genealogist

I was sad to learn that The Master Genealogist will not be supported by Wholly Genes after this year. However, the reality is that this program is still the very best available and will likely continue to be for the foreseeable future. So long as the users of other programs are willing to accept inferior products, there has been no incentive for TMG's competitors to develop the features, flexibility and advanced function that TMG provides. Without TMG, there would be no Second Site, and there truly is no competition for that -- serious or otherwise.

As a genealogist who has tried out practically all the programs on the market, I will not be running away from TMG. I will stick with it for as long as it is viable. There is no reason to expect that it will not work for another ten years or more, and John Cardinal has promised continued support for Second Site.

That's good enough for me.