I’d like to share a few newsy things with you.
First, a quick reminder about the summer sales at FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage that end soon.
Additionally, you can still sign up for the MyHeritage LIVE conference next week in Amsterdam and yes, I’ll be presenting at RootsTech 2020. Registration opens soon.
I’ll be presenting at two additional conferences this year, in North Carolina and Sweden, but after that, thankfully, my schedule slows down a bit.
And yearbooks, oh those pictures of big hair and old boyfriends!!!
So, this is actually more of a newsletter😊
Family Tree DNA
Just a quick reminder that the Summer Sale at FamilyTreeDNA ends in another two days – at the end of August.
Almost everything is on sale, including the autosomal Family Finder test for $59.
However, of particular interest for Y chromosome carriers (men), the Big Y-700 is on sale for purchase or upgrade.
When the Big Y-700 was first introduced in January of 2019, there was some skepticism about how effective the new test would be, and how much added benefit testers would receive as compared to the Big Y-500. The results have been nothing short of amazing.
This test is a rerun, not an upgrade, because the chemistry and processes are truly new and improved.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and many, literally tens of thousands of new SNPS that divide the Y DNA tree have been discovered. While this is all good for science, which I discussed here, it’s also genealogically relevant – so it’s good for you too.
My own Estes line has branched and I’m desperately hoping for a similar branch in the Campbell line to help identify which of several Campbell men is the father of my brick wall. I’m so close after all these years I can taste it!
FamilyTreeDNA provided the following comparative information as to recent growth of the Y DNA and mitochondrial DNA public trees.
|Public Haplotree||Updated Statistic||Previous Statistic|
|mtDNA Haplotree||• 170,000 mtFull Sequences||• 150,000 mtFull Sequences|
|Y-DNA Haplotree||• 20,000 branches||• 16,000 branches|
|• 150,000 variants||• 118,000 variants|
|• 170,000 confirmed SNPs||• 160,000 confirmed SNPs|
That’s huge growth since early 2019 and all because of people like you and me testing at the Big Y and full sequence mitochondrial DNA levels.
If you’re wondering how to interpret your results, don’t forget about my new educational mitochondrial series and the upcoming Y DNA series as well.
Family Tree DNA Sale Pricing!
Here’s a chart with the regular and sale prices for each product so you can see just how much you’re saving.
|Test||Sale Price||Regular Price||Savings|
|mtFull mitochondrial full sequence||$149||$199||$50|
|Family Finder + Y37||$178||$248||$70|
|Family Finder + mtFull||$198||$278||$80|
|Family Finder + Y67 + mtFull||$387||$546||$159|
|Family Finder + Y111 + mtFull||$487||$637||$150|
|Family Finder + Y37 + mtFull||$317||$447||$130|
|Family Finder + Y67||$248||$347||$99|
|Family Finder + Y111||$348||$438||$90|
|Y37 + mtFull||$268||$368||$100|
|Y67 + mtFull||$338||$467||$129|
|Y111 + mtFull||$438||$558||$120|
|Y12 to Y37||$99||$109||$10|
|Y12 to Y67||$169||$199||$30|
|Y12 to Y111||$279||$359||$80|
|Y25 to Y37||$49||$59||$10|
|Y25 to Y67||$139||$159||$20|
|Y25 to Y111||$239||$269||$30|
|Y37 to Y67||$89||$109||$20|
|Y37 to Y111||$178||$228||$50|
|Y67 to Y111||$89||$99||$10|
|Y12 to Big Y-700||$489||$629||$140|
|Y25 to Big Y-700||$489||$599||$110|
|Y37 to Big Y-700||$459||$569||$110|
|Y67 to Big Y-700||$399||$499||$100|
|Y111 to Big Y-700||$349||$449||$100|
|Big Y-500 to Big Y-700||$229||$249||$20|
|mtDNA (HVR1) to mtFull||$139||$159||$20|
|mtPlus (HVR1+HVR2) to mtFull||$129||$159||$30|
To purchase any of the tests, or upgrade, click on any link above, or here.
MyHeritage Sale and Conference
The MyHeritage sale continues through September 3rd at the sale price of $59.
I’m excited, because I hope lots of new people will test at MyHeritage, or transfer there. They have lots of European testers, and that’s just what I need to “jump the pond.”
The MyHeritage Theories of Family Relativity tool, combined with their triangulation feature, is bearing lots of fruit – connecting people to each other and to their ancestors.
Just yesterday I received an e-mail notification that I have a new Theory and the match to my newly discovered cousin will help me identify others who share that same DNA. Of course, common DNA segments are the breadcrumbs to ancestors.
To order the MyHeritage test, click here, or to transfer a file from a test at another vendor, click here.
You can also order the new MyHeritage ancestry plus health test, here. I wrote about that test, here. I have my results, and I’m pleased.
I wrote a step-by-step article with instructions for how to transfer to MyHeritage easily, here.
MyHeritage LIVE Conference
I’ll be at the MyHeritage LIVE conference beginning next week in Amsterdam and will be your imbedded reporter there. I hope to meet many of you, especially those from Europe.
Speakers are listed here. And yes, I’m on two panels, The Future of DNA Testing at 4:45 on Saturday, September 7th, and DNA Testing for Health at 3:00 on Sunday.
You can still register. The coupon code for 10% off is Roberta10. Just enter it at checkout when you sign up, here.
I’m presenting 2 sessions at RootsTech 2020 February 26-29 in Salt Lake City, plus at least a couple of guest “booth talks” in various vendor booths.
I’ll write more about this later, but registration opens on September 18th. Not only that, but if you want to stay at the conference hotels, or anyplace close, you’ll need to make those reservations early. I found out the hard way, trust me.
North Carolina Genealogical Society
I’ll be presenting both the keynote and other sessions November 1-2 with the North Carolina Genealogical Society in Raleigh, NC. The flyer with the schedule is here, but their website seems to be experiencing difficulty today.
If you’re interested in DNA, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, or have NC ancestors, this is a great opportunity. Please be sure to say hello if you’re at the Raleigh conference.
Archaeogenetics and Genetic Genealogy Conference in Umea, Sweden
I can hardly wait for my visit to Umea, Sweden to keynote the International Archaeogenetics and Genetic Genealogy Conference hosted by the University of Umea, November 13-14. The schedule is here, but note that only day 1 is in English, except for my session on day 2.
This conference is focused on science and promises to be absolutely amazing! I can hardly wait. I hope to see a number of friends from Scandinavia and meet those of you from that region that might be able to attend. I also hope to see the Aurora Borealis durign my visit!
You can sign up here. Let me know if you’re planning to attend.
Enjoy the Holiday and Torture Your Family with Old Pictures😊
Monday is Labor Day in the US, so enjoy the holiday.
Oh, by the way, Ancestry’s new US yearbook collection is available for free through September 2nd. Are you there? Who can you find? Anything interesting you could take to that Labor Day cookout with your family?
Here’s the link. The indexing has been done using OCR scan technology of course, so if you’re not finding what you want in this collection, the MyHeritage yearbook collection is free too, here, also without a subscription, and includes universities.
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As far as the yearbook archive goes, I am not in there! It’s probably for the best. I know they have some classes of 1997 in there. They just don’t have mine with its extreme ’90s look. If you ever want to see a book that encapsulates the “EXTREME” ’90s feel look no further. We even had a video yearbook to go with it complete with Nirvana.
That said, I have found some cool stuff. I found my parents, my grandmothers and a bunch of their siblings. There was one tiny error. But, I made a note about it. No big deal.
One day I suspect the 1997 yearbook from my town will hit Ancestry. When it does, I’m headin’ for the hills! It’s just as well. My college yearbook is on Archive.org much to my surprise!!
Sounds like your speaker schedule is full. Good luck!!
I just tried the MyHeritage one. I found my college annual photo in the list of matches, but when I clicked on it, it said I had to buy the data package to get the record. I logged out of my account and tried again, and this time I got the message about getting a free account for 14 day trial. Maybe that’s what they meant by ‘free’. Thought you’d want to know about that.
I signed out of my account to try it. It’s sometimes hard to figure these things out when you do have a subscription.
Do you answer genealogy DNA questions ?
I do. I offer Quick Consults which provide you with up to an hour of my focused time to answer your question via e-mail. I don’t do phone consultations, as I would prefer documentation to be in writing so you can refer back to it. Here’s the link to the store where you can purchase a Quick Consult if you are interested. https://dna-explained.com/store/
OK, I’ll bite on the Y700 upgrade because I am curious about my Campbell cousins (direct?) also.
Yes, if you are a Campbell surname male:)
As long as you’re biologically a direct paternal Campbell, this will work just fine!
I’m wondering if you know what is going on with the Family Finder results at FTDNA. For all my accounts I get errors (the Houston we have a problem page when accessing the Family Finder accounts. The mtDNA and YDNA accounts seem to be ok.
Is that just today? I haven’t seen that. Support is open on Saturdays.
Same here, and they seem to be closed for the holiday.
I have just booked in for the Archeogenetic conference 13-14/11 2019 in Umeå, Sweden.
I have followed your blog with great interest for some years now and hope to see you in Umeå.
Tore in Norway.
Great. Can’t wait to meet you!