Welcome to the Slaven Genealogy Exchange! Our purpose is to be a central location to collect and exchange information for Slaven, Slevin, Slavin, Slavey, and other surname variations. As a registered one-name study, the scope of this exchange is world wide. We hope there's something here for the beginning genealogist, the old hand, and the merely curious!
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What's new?!
FamilyTreeDNA has announced sale prices (no ending date listed, but as a holiday sale, they should be good until sometime in December). Biggest news is their autosomal (all ancestor) test is only $59!!! Here are the sale prices...

TestSale Price
Y-DNA 37 marker$139
Y-DNA 67 marker$229
Y-DNA 111 marker$319
Y-DNA 37 marker + FamilyFinder$188
Y-DNA 67 marker + FamilyFinder$278

Drop me a line if you're going to place an order. I may have a coupon for a further discount-- FTDNA is giving existing customers a new coupon every week, and we can share them with others.

The AncestryDNA test is on sale for $69 through Monday night, Nov. 28. If you missed it and really prefer the Ancestry test over FTDNA, keep close watch on the Ancestry site or Facebook. There's speculation that there will be another sale before Christmas.

More information has been coming out about the MyHeritage DNA offering. People that have had the AncestryDNA test or the FamilyFinder test at FTDNA can upload their results to MyHeritage and see their matches. I'm in the process of trying that out and will report here how it goes.Update: When I wrote the preceding words a couple weeks ago, I consistently got an error when trying to upload either AnctesryDNA or FTDNA results. The next morning, though, the upload went fine. My matching is currently "in process." I'll update when they're available.

Older News.

Autosomal DNA Testing.

First, new lower pricing on the "Family Finder" (autosomal) DNA test at FamilyTreeDNA-- now just $79, after being priced at $99 for the past several years. This is a new standard price and not a sale. If FTDNA stays at $79 with their test, I would hope that Ancestry will ultimately lower their test's price as well. (You can also order the FamilyFinder and Y-DNA test combo at FTDNA, and ordering it through the Slaven DNA Project will get you a cheaper combo price. And as a side note, you do NOT have to have an Ancestry subscription to be tested by AncestryDNA. Ancestry has a "guest account" feature which give people access to their results and matches, but-- of course-- not to the thousands of databases and millions of records that people pay for.)

MyHeritage has just announced their own autosomal DNA product. Earlier, they had sold the FamilyTreeDNA test as a partner site, and earlier this year allowed members to upload their DNA raw results from other testing companies, so that they would have a database of thousands of results when they announced their own test. Since their kit reportedly uses the "cheek swab" method of collecting DNA, I assume that FTDNA is doing the processing. However, since MyHeritage is much like Ancestry-- a database and family tree oriented site, rather than just a DNA testing company-- people who were thinking of testing with FTDNA may want to consider MyHeritage. We'll have to see how this plays out.

Second, after kicking the idea around all summer, we're launching the "Slaven Cousins DNA Registry," an autosomal DNA test registry, similar to the existing Slaven DNA Project. You can find an information page about the testing and the registry. The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry at the moment has just my information, so all you folks that have taken the Family Finder, AncestryDNA, or 23andMe DNA test, send me your information!

Thanks to Joellen Brown for transcribing some news items and obituaries, and sharing them with the website. We always welcome such contributions! For privacy concerns, we shy away from obituaries less than 60 years old, but otherwise are open to most anything. Thanks again, Joellen!

About this site

Real Genealogy - Not Just Links This is a private, noncommercial educational site for the free exchange of information. It is not associated with Ancestry.com, Rootsweb, MyFamily, or any commercial site. (That means no banner ads, no pop-up or pop-under windows, no unsolicited email!)

All content on this site is believed to be compliant with U.S. copyright law and Fair Use provisions.

Because the site is an outgrowth of my personal research, it's tilted towards the Slavens surname. But that's easily fixed-- contribute your Slavin, Slevin, etc. data for the site! Here are some of the types of information that you can share:

Census transcriptions Census returns can be a gold mine of information for both the beginning and the experienced researcher, but many people don't have easy access to films. Finding your family in a transcription here makes requesting a film or a lookup much more worthwhile, so won't you share? We need people who have access to their state's Soundex indexes and are willing to transcribe the Slaven(s), Slavin, Slevin, etc. entries! It's S415 and you'll see about 20 Sullivans for each Slaven.

Biographies and reminiscences Share the bios from county history books, reminiscences from ancestors, old family letters, your own memories, the family history that was written for a reunion decades ago...

Obituaries Transcriptions of obituaries and death notices.

Photographs Share family photos, or photos of grave sites. Photos continue to be the most popular items on the site.

Links Do you have or know of a family-related site? Does a GenWeb county site offer information on a branch of the family? Share it here!

Other help! Other information that doesn't fit the categories above is also welcome.

All corrections, suggestions, criticisms, etc. are welcome too! Be sure to put Slaven, Slavin, and something meaningful in the subject line-- I get tons of spam so an email with no subject or "Hi!" will probably be deleted unread!

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