New Family Tree DNA Holiday Coupons – And Why Test Y DNA

Y DNA testing carries a great deal of potential – for males. Why just for males? Because the Y chromosome is passed to sons, only, from the father. The Y chromosome is what makes males male. Females receive an X chromosome from their father instead of a Y.

This means that while men can easily test for Y chromosome results, women can’t. Women have to find a male of the surname line they are interested in to test on their behalf. If their father or brothers are living, finding a willing male for their birth name can be fairly easy, but in some cases, one has to go back up the tree a generation or two, and come back down another line to find a living male from your surname line to test.

y-dna-search

In this example, if the female in red wants to test her Estes line, and green cells represent living Estes males, she would have to go up the tree to the third generation, Lazarus, and come back down three generations through son Charlie to find a living male.

Let’s say that living male Estes either can’t be found or isn’t interested in testing. To find another male, she would have to go up the tree another generation to John Y. Estes and come down through son Reagan where there are two generations of living Estes males.

That didn’t work either? Go up another generation and come down through son Jechonas to living male, William.

Why would someone be so interested in testing surname lines?

You can learn a lot.

  • You can confirm that the person who tests actually descends from the expected surname line. Of course, this assumes two things. First, that others from that line have already tested and second, that the tester actually IS descended from that line. Sometimes males who carry the same surname have different ancestral lines. And sometimes, well, surprises are waiting to be found, meaning sometimes people aren’t descended from who they think they are.
  • Testers receive a haplogroup designation which reaches back to ancient times. Haplogroups tell you, for example, if your ancestor was European, Native American, Jewish, African, or Asian. With additional testing, you can discover more specific information about haplogroups, but that requires testing that can’t be performed until after your haplogroup is discovered through regular testing.
  • You receive your matches at each level of testing. If you test at 37 markers for example, you receive a list of matches at 37 markers, at 25 markers and at 12 markers. I recommend testing at 67 or 111 markers if possible, because those tests refine your matches even further.
  • You receive a “Matches Map” that shows the locations of the oldest known ancestors of your matches.
  • You receive a migration map, showing the path your ancient ancestors took to arrive where they are found today in the world.

There are more tools and information too. You can see, below, all of the available information for Y DNA testers on your Family Tree DNA personal home page.

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As a female, I can’t test for even one Y line, but I can surely sponsor tests for men who do descend from my ancestral lines. I try to discover the genetic information for each of my lines. You never know what surprises may be lurking.

I have created a DNA pedigree chart where I record the haplogroup information for each of my ancestral lines.

DNA Pedigree

When my cousins test for Y or mitochondrial lines, I also sponsor a Family Finder test, hoping that our autosomal DNA still matches, even though we are some generations removed from each other.

I try to find a male who has tested, or who will test, for each of my ancestral Y lines. You don’t know what you don’t know – and DNA testing is part of the reasonably exhaustive search required by the GPS, the Genealogical Proof Standard.

So, give yourself a gift this holiday season and test your Y DNA. If you don’t have the Y DNA for the line you want to test, find someone who does. Spread the holiday cheer and take advantage of the great sale prices, AND coupons too.

Coupons

It’s Monday, and Family Tree DNA has issued this week’s coupons. As always, first come, first served with the coupons from the kits that my cousin Jim and I manage. A big thank you to Jim for adding his to the list, bringing the total to 80 available for you to choose from.

Click here to redeem the coupons, or to discover the value of your own coupon on your account. If you don’t want to use your coupon, please feel free to list the coupon code and what it applies to in the comments.

Coupon # Good for What
R19ZIUYF3V7J $10 Off MTDNA
R197MY8BNWJN $10 Off MTDNA
R199CLXSRPNT $10 Off MTDNA
R19VU134X7SY $10 Off MTDNA
R19RTA2UG14Z $10 Off MTDNA
R19OPM6ADSDW $10 Off MTDNA
R19TP5E566LK $10 Off MTDNA
R19CHVEGFORJ $10 Off MTDNA
R19IQER6CJP5 $10 Off MTDNA
R19MM1HH68T1 $10 Off MTDNA
R19ORLHXESRQ $10 Off MTDNA
R19JBQ9FLBVP $10 Off MTDNA
R19J486W13PL $10 Off MTDNA
R199QT41S5M7 $10 Off MTDNA
R19CFSQK1EIY $10 off mtDNA
R191BL3UE956 $10 Off MTDNA
R19HWR0EHR8B $10 Off MTDNA
R19SSLCS7KCL $10 Off MTDNA
R19ZGJCGYL5E $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19R4VNQU2VS $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19OHAM8MQQJ $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19UAO87L4UI $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19RYRLJ4NET $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19D9AGHJ2OY $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R192TTQ13K5W $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19Q9HGY7O41 $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19ST6EN1Z4Z $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19R3XOJMV5O $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19CO2QP2D6G $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19PE5WPHG53 $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R198U4N58UQG $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19IK9PQ8TL8 $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19W90R0K8SI $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R192S97QA7QB $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19THF7PT8BG $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19PCRH9LYLJ $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R195PFAG4P5S $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19BL5W5XYST $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19GRCLECO77 $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R195249FEKO8 $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19LLKGWUW0Q $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R199GT35D7QN $10 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R1915P4KMD1N $20 off MTDNA
R19ZNR916FS6 $20 off MTDNA
R18THPT2WI75 $20 off MTDNA
R19HEK8D5Z1C $20 off MTDNA
R192DEX0FXNP $20 off mtFull
R19TFY99ZX3F $20 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19O6AOSD1V7 $20 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19MOU9JF2XZ $20 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19R6Q914SEJ $20 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R195O1G80Y0K $20 Off Y37, Y67 or Y111
R19M8OVT75US $30 Off Y-DNA 67
R196KRZ6CI1C $30 Off Y-DNA 67
R197LBY38EFJ $30 Off Y-DNA 67
R19BNMBXJC6O $30 Off Y-DNA 67
R1963HTW3L4V $40 Off MTFULL
R19XAW5WBDMV $40 Off MTFULL
R19SBCZHRNET $40 Off MTFULL
R19D5XSEXSSN $40 Off MTFULL
R19MBATF5XGR $40 Off MTFULL
R19X0XP3U5LT $40 Off MTFULL
R19TZ8HI3PXN $40 Off MTFULL
R1901DPR0CXK $40 Off Y DNA 67
R19HCX58PM6V $40 Off Y DNA 67
R19NDO6MSHMU $40 Off Y-DNA 111
R19BC459ZCXZ $40 Off Y-DNA 67
R193MFZ2LUC8 $40 Off Y-DNA 67
R19HMYUP14D8 $5 Off Family Finder
R19AUCQG9HKN $5 Off Family Finder
R19OR90H0JQQ $5 Off Family Finder
R19KV8W6DDJI $50 Off Big Y
R19DX9MOEY30 $50 Off Big Y
R19O6PGTOY5L $50 Off Big Y
R19J4G4FM3IQ $50 Off Big Y
R19XO427F7OU $50 Off Big Y
R19PX9UDPTWS $50 Off Big Y
R19WAP9OLRC9 $50 Off Big Y
R19S7X0EA91E $60 off Y DNA 111

32 thoughts on “New Family Tree DNA Holiday Coupons – And Why Test Y DNA

    • I don’t know. Some folks have reported that some of the smaller coupons work for upgrades, but others report that they didn’t. There might be a difference between ones for a flat dollar amount and a percentage. I would try the flat dollar amount for the upgrade and see if it works.

      • I wanted to upgrade to mt Full Sequence. I tried a $40 MtFull and got the message that it required a greater amount. I tried a $20 mtFull and got the discount. Regular $199, sale $139, discount $119. Yippee! Thanks, Roberta

  1. Hello Roberta, On my niece’s Amazon gift list is DNA test from 23andme. I read your (disappointing) review from a few months back and passed it on to her but I must say, the 23andme marketing department knows what a lot of people want: Traits, Health Wellness,
    Carrier Status, etc. It’s a real carrot and they don’t sell it separately(of course). I am pushing FTDNA(where I was tested)but haven’t heard from her and it’s probably because she wants
    “the fluff”. Do you know if any other testing service offers these “cocktail talk” revelations?

    And a huge thank you for your Blog. Your explanations are extremely clear, your writing is
    unpretentious, and your voice is familiar and engaging. I love it!

    • You can get exactly the same thing, plus a LOT more from the $5 Promethease upload with the raw data from any of the testing companies.

      The traits are often wrong. Carrier status is just a smidgen of the information available at Promethease.

      If you have already tested, upload your file and see what you get.

    • Thank you Frances, I have used the coupon you have listed.
      Mary O’Shea
      I also used one from Roberta R19BC459ZCXZ for another Y67 for $40.
      I also used one from Liz R192LEZHWKYU for another Y67 for $40.
      Mary O’Shea

  2. R19VU13HZZIV $10 off mtDNA
    R19EWNUGOKRG $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111
    R19T2WN0QQP8 $40 off mtFull Sequence
    R19KNTWX6BEW $20 off Y37, Y67, or Y111
    R1965ZJ9YB4L $50 off Big Y

    • The forth coupon was taken, so I got a new one, valid up to the 16th:

      R19UO6QDEKTK $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111

      I didn’t realised there was some value to these $20 off Y, but there is the best discount for Y37 it seems.

  3. I’m glad to see yDNA being promoted. It, and mtDNA, can be such powerful bulleyes – when enough people test. It seems like aDNA is all the rage.

  4. Valid until 12/18/2016
    $75 off Big Y R20NLREAI1XP
    $75 off Big Y R20QD80JYVSG
    $75 off Big Y R20TAT1MADZU
    $75 off Big Y R20OYQVFM4LM
    $40 off Y-DNA111 R20LBJX14NES
    $30 off Y-DNA67 R2063Q4S6DRL
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R20NO3MC7LA0
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R20W6XJZX2VI
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R200GFNBGDW0
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R208KPADKQCI
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R20V1XRUQHUT
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R208GKPWT8H0
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R200O64REJTK
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R20LMQ80LAGW
    $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R20MH1UJ9HQ7
    $20 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R20BL326A8KZ
    $20 off Y37, Y67, or Y111 R207JPSJ2U4S
    $15 off mtDNA R20B8KWQUGDF
    $10 off mtDNA R20HICZQKERO
    $10 off mtDNA R20BSKHMN4DO
    $5 off Family Finder R20SJ1CF9008

  5. On the matter of Y-DNA, I’m helping an Algerian guy who got just C with 23andme. Is it even possible to get just C unless it’s some very very ancient not recorded before branch of C?

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