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DNA Sale Prices.Family Tree DNA is having a "Sizzling Summer Sale" through Wednesday, Aug. 31, which includes a few tests of interest:
The Family Finder test is an autosomal test-- it looks at areas across all 23 chromosomes, and is a "cousinship" test. FTDNA will show you who-- amongst those who have taken the test there-- share matching segments of DNA with you. Basically, the more (and longer) the matching segments, the more closely related. Of course, the farther back the connection, the "iffier." The relationship is listed like "1st cousin-2nd cousin," "2nd cousin-4th cousin," "3rd cousin-5th cousin," "4th cousin-remote cousin," etc. The test can help with your 19th century and earlier research. For example, matches support that my ggggrandfather Crane is the son of George and Betsy (Lytle) Crane, something that I haven't yet been able to prove via contemporary records. Also, you can download your raw test results and upload them to an independent site, so that you can also compare your DNA to people who have tested at Ancestry or 23andMe, and who likewise uploaded their results. I'll have more on that in a couple weeks when I launch the Slaven Autosomal DNA Registry.
The Y37 and Y67 are the Y-chromosome tests that the Slaven DNA Project has been using for 15+ years. IMHO the 37 marker test is the best choice for most people, and during the sale it's combined with the Family Finder test.
To get the sale price on the Y37 or Y67 plus Family Finder tests, you need to order it through the Slaven DNA Project. If you click the link it should open a FTDNA web page; click on "Option B, Purchase a Test to Join This Project," which will open a page where you enter your name, email, and tell me a little bit about your request. FTDNA does this so project administrators can prevent errors like a woman ordering a Y-DNA test for herself (only men have a Y-chromosome).
You can order the Family Finder test by itself without going through the Slaven DNA Project link, as FTDNA does not have Family Finder projects. Also note that the combination tests are done from a single DNA sample, so don't be thinking that you can have Dad take the Y-DNA test and Mom take the Family Finder test-- both tests would be done from Dad's sample.
The sale ends at midnight Aug. 31. As always, you may email me with questions.
A couple dozen news items and additional obituaries have been added.
We have a new participant in the Slaven DNA Project-- the descendant of an Irishman from County Tipperary who emigrated to Australia in 1856. He doesn't have any matches amongst our current project members, but he likely connects to the Slevin clan from the Borrisokane area. We'd love to see a member of that family join the project! (Hmm, I wonder if the Edward Slevin who came from Borrisokane to Des Moines, b. 1830 d. 1884, has any direct male descendants in my area?) See the extended results page for the values and family of our new Aussie participant.
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