Father’s Day DNA Sale – Discovering Information About Male Ancestors

The Father’s Day sale has started. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th and there’s still plenty of time to order a DNA test. Dad can swab on Father’s Day, but BEFORE he eats, please.

Father’s Day reminds me of barbeques on the grill and making the summer’s first homemade ice cream in the old crank ice cream maker.

Today, we have the option of making memories another way – by utilizing our DNA to honor the men in our direct paternal family line as well as men in other lines.

I’ve noticed lots of men who have taken autosomal tests haven’t utilized the power of Y DNA. That’s like leaving money on the table.

Males can learn extremely valuable information about their direct paternal line that can’t be discovered with autosomal testing. Want to know what you can discover with Y DNA testing? Take a quick look at the article Working with Y DNA – Your Dad’s Story.

Testing our father’s DNA, uncles or brothers (for females who wish to obtain information on their father’s lineage) is relatively easy, but often we want to discover information about other paternal lines in our tree. Women don’t have a Y chromosome, so can’t take a Y DNA test, but women can certainly find males who carry their ancestral surnames and sponsor tests!

Checking the Family Tree DNA projects is one way to see if your ancestral line has been tested. You can search for the surname that you’re interested in on the Family Tree DNA main page to see if your ancestral line has already been tested in a project.

Would you like to make contact? You may already match some of these people autosomally, or you can contact the project administrator to offer the person who tested an upgrade. I’ve sponsored several upgrades and Big Y tests this way.

You can also search your Family Finder results for that surname to see if there are any males in your match list who carry that surname from your line.

To see if a match has taken a Y DNA test, click on their profile and look for the Y haplogroup. If there’s a haplogroup showing, they’ve taken a Y DNA test. But if not, it’s their lucky day – and yours. You can honor your ancestor by offering a paternal Y-line test or upgrade.

Almost everything Y DNA is on sale for Father’s Day. You can purchase traditional tests at 37, 67 or 111 markers, or the Big Y which INCLUDES all 111 markers in addition to the revolutionary Big Y test itself which scans the entire Y chromosome for unique mutations. Upgrades are on sale too. You’ll learn who the tester matches as well as historical information from before the advent of surnames. All pieces of the “where did I come from” puzzle.

You can also order a Family Finder test for those males from your line that have taken the Y DNA test(s), but not autosomal. The Family Finder test is on sale for $59.

You’re not done yet! DNA is the gift that keeps on giving.

You can transfer Family Finder results to MyHeritage for additional matching and to use their great genealogy records. Great news – that transfer is FREE. Not everyone tests at the same companies, so it pays to fish in several ponds. I’ve found close matches at each vendor that haven’t tested elsewhere. You can also transfer in the other direction too, from MyHeritage to Family Tree DNA.

I’ve already purchased one kit and offered a second.

Which lines can you find to test for Father’s Day to honor your male ancestors? What do you hope to discover?


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8 thoughts on “Father’s Day DNA Sale – Discovering Information About Male Ancestors

  1. Why do people buy the “Big Y” for $600 if fully sequencing your genome “only” costs $1500. Is it just for the match database?

  2. Hello, I’ve been really enjoying your newsletters and find myself forwarding them to family members often times because you explain things so clearly. It just occurred to me that I have a Frances Estes (1804-1878) in my tree married to a Robert Wood. I have a question mark next to Frances’s last name. Do you have her in your tree, by chance? I have her being born and dying in (West) Virginia. I have no parents for her yet.

    Also, I’m interested in trying to “map” my chromosomes so that I can figure out which ancestor I get each portion from. I’m hoping that would allow me to more easily figure out how I am connected to new genetic cousins. Do you have a tutorial on how to accomplish that?

    ===== Rob


  3. Thanks for reporting the sales, as always!

    I don’t regret one cent I pay for BigY, Y-111 and Y-500 last end of the year sales for $375, it’s still great value even now. Even though I still have no match worth mentioning, it gave me a better sense of where my ancestors where from middle Bronze age to early Antiquity. It will also help science to progress more in this subclade in the future.

    Some member of the R-DF27 project report there’s another discount applying for Y-111 tester, which lower BigY-500 to $419 instead of $499. You probably have some Y-111 account to verify the info.

  4. I trace my paternal line back 21 generations in very large part due to efforts of genealogists in the 1800’s. They have written differing opinions about the origin of my family prior to the use of surnames. I had thought that Y DNA testing might resolve this issue. However a renowned genealogist has warned me that roughly every 10 generations or so a “sperm donor” interrupts ones marital line. Should this be the case the DNA tests would reveal my true male line ancestry but would not follow my documented marital tree. Its not clear that such a case would be detectable. Any thoughts?

  5. 10 generations is only an average, some “official male line” will get new Y-DNA every two or three generations, other will stay into the same male line for over 50 generations. Not everyone is in the Plantagenet fiasco kind of situation. Since you know your male line for 21 generations, try to see if and how your closest Y-DNA matches fit. Then how your not so close match fit.

    If you manage to find a 15th cousin or two who match, you’ll have proven the genealogy is sound for at least up to the 18th generation.

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