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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!
What's New?Father's Day DNA Sales
Father's Day DNA Sales have started. 23andMe is offering their combo ancestry plus health test for $50 off ($149) through June 17.
Ancestry is offering their autosomal DNA test for only $59 (regular $99, although it's often on sale for $79). At $59, don't just test Dad, test Mom, your aunts and uncles, etc.! Sale through June 17.
LivingDNA has there autosomal test on sale for $79 (regularly $99), presumably through June 17. I said back in April that I had ordered a kit in their DNA Day sale, and would report on my experience. So far, it's not been encouraging as I have yet to receive my kit. It certainly could have been lost been in the mail, but I didn't receive a shipping notice either. I contacted their customer service, and got an automated response that I would hear back within "two business weeks." It "only" took five days to get an email saying they could send a new kit out via their rush handling or give me a refund. I opted for another kit, and am awaiting the shipping notice.
FamilyTreeDNA has a variety of sales through June 17 for both new customers and upgrading existing customers:
We have a new Y-DNA Project member-- sort of. The member recently upgraded their test to 111 markers, and I found that I didn't get his results into the results page or the extended results page. My apologies; he's there now.
The new member is a close match to "D001" in the project, a descendant of John H. Slaven of Pike County, Mississippi. Unfortunately, the administrator of that test has passed away, so it cannot be upgraded to see if the close match holds at 67 or 111 markers. However, there are likely other direct male-line descendants of John H. Slaven out there. He had seven sons-- James William, Jack Hyman, Joseph Cephus, William Marion, Henry Howard, and Grover Cleveland. All but Henry had sons, so there should be multiple descendants who could take the Y-DNA test.
Did your ancestor serve in the Union Army from West Virginia?
There are hundreds of Union soldiers from West Virginia with unclaimed medals from the Civil War, and the state is trying to find relatives to receive these medals. There are two Slaven(s) and a couple others who could be Slaven(s) misspelled:
Slaven, Daniel ; Company H; 1st Regiment Light Artillary Vols.
Slavens, Harvey; Company E; 5th Regiment Infantry Vols.
Slaver, Daniel; Company F; 5th Regiment Cavalry Vols.
Slayer, Jacob; Company A, 5th Regiment Cavalry Vols.
Attention Richard Harve Slaven descendants.
The Oneida (Tennessee) Independent Herald had a nice story on the (former) No Business community, and Richard Harve Slaven and a few of his descendants. It's probably not news to family who still live in the Big South Fork area, but it appears to be a good overview for the general public. You can find it here. A quick scan of used book sites don't come up with any copies of Dusty Bits of the Forgotten Past, which is mentioned in the story.
Ancestry has released some new DNA tools. The most interesting tool is ThruLines, which-- among other things-- harnesses other trees to bridge your tree with "stubby" trees of your DNA matches. This looks to be a great way to make contact with formerly unknown third or fourth cousins who may have family history or photos that you don't. Here's a video from RootsTech where Christa Cowan discusses ThruLines and the other new Ancestry features, and here's a blog from Leah Larkin discussing ThruLines, and a blog from Roberta Estes that goes into the benefits and pitfalls in more detail. Roberta also blog about clearing your browser cache and/or cookies as that can impact whether you see the new Ancestry features.
We have a new "cousin" in the The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry. Ask your new matches with Slaven(s), Slavin, Slevin, etc. in their family tree to join us!
Even more "cousins" have been added The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry. We're getting a nice grouping of late 19th century County Donegal Slavin/Slevin families. There's no reason we couldn't have similar groupings for other Irish counties, other locations around the world, or branches of a family-- just submit your DNA information, and encourage your matches with Slaven/Slavin/Slevin/etc. ancestry to submit their info!
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