This posting should be subtitled, “oh, my aching credit card.”
But this sale, and these coupons, have just been too good to pass up. Given that Christmas is this week, and these coupons expire on 12-28-2014, it’s doubtful that there will be additional coupons issued on 12-29, but that has not been confirmed by Family Tree DNA – just my speculation. The holiday sale ends on December 31st.
One of the things I’ve learned this past year is just how valuable it is to test cousins….and I mean autosomally testing every single cousin you can get your hands on.
Because those cousins are going to match people that you aren’t. Each cousin may be the person to hold that gold nugget of ancestral DNA that you’re going to need to break down that brick wall.
I just had that experience myself, if you’ve been reading along. If not, this article about my new Hickerson cousin will warm your heart. And the really important part – Bill Hickerson did not match me at Family Tree DNA, he matched one of my cousins. My Vannoy family has a group of about 20 people that we’ve convinced to test and that cousin cluster has proved invaluable. We simply could not have broken this brick wall without the cousins!
We’re doing the same cousin cluster research approach with the Henry Bolton line and maybe, if we’re lucky, thanks to cousins, we may have more news on this line in 2015. We’re within sniffing distance.
So, I can’t say this loudly enough – TEST YOUR COUSINS.
And I mean – EVERY COUSIN.
Yes, pay for it if you have to. Merry Christmas to you (or however you celebrate whatever holiday you celebrate) – it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Maybe a great way to spend any $$ found in your stocking!
Just think of it as a new reference book, or costing much less than a trip to a distant courthouse.
And don’t forget, if you discover that cousins have already tested at Ancestry or at 23andMe with the V3 chip, you can use one of the general $5 or $10 off coupons to transfer their results to Family Tree DNA – which drops the cost below the normal $39 (to $29 or $34) to unlock the results.
So, click here to sign on and see what mystery coupon you received this week. If you’d like to trade, list your available coupons and their codes in the comments!
Here’s wishing you many newfound cousins and ancestors in the coming year!