It’s Christmas week. Everyone is always running around like crazy buying last minute gifts. You’ll probably see people in the next few days that you won’t see again for another year….or maybe never again.
Did that just make you stop for a moment and catch your breath?
Well, it’s true. We don’t know who will pass, or when. It could be them…or you. My cousin Roy passed on yesterday morning.
Regardless, if you don’t get their DNA tested and into a data base for their Y line, if they are a male, their mtDNA for their matrilineal line, and their autosomal DNA for all of their ancestral lines…who will?
The elders are so important. They take an irreplaceable piece of family history with them when they pass on that can never, ever be replaced. Sure, sometimes others can “sit proxy” for Y or mitochondrial DNA lines – but sometimes not. My son and daughter are the last of my mother’s known mtDNA lines – and I mean ever. If one of us didn’t contribute, that mitochondrial line and its history would be dead to all future researchers forever.
Think of your Aunt Lulu, for example. What line is she matrilineally descended from? Is it represented in the data bases through your family? How about your father? Is his Y line tested to represent your paternal lineage? And what about his mtDNA – his mother’s line? Your father’s brother can contribute both his Y and mtDNA to represent your grandparents if your father is gone – but no one can replace your father’s autosomal DNA.
Collect all of the autosomal DNA of your family elders, not just one per generation. Remember, siblings both inherit half their DNA from their parents….but not the same half. So your parents siblings will inherit pieces of their parents…and grandparents…and great-grandparents that your parents didn’t.
So, test all of those elders…while you can.
Because later may be too late.
What elders will you be seeing who have not yet been DNA tested? Most will be glad to share both stories and their DNA with you, especially if you explain how important it is to the preservation of family history. So give them and your ancestors through them the gift of immortality.
Your discount coupons for this week will already be available in your Family Tree DNA accounts and the e-mails with the discounts will begin arriving in your in-box. If your e-mail doesn’t arrive, just check your account.
Click here to check accounts, to redeem coupons or to order those kits for your elder family members. Remember, coupons are good on top of the sale prices as Family Tree DNA’s thank you to customers.
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Here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday season and hoping that you have lots of elders to visit with…and to test!!! They are indeed family treasures. Love them (and swab them) while you can!