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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!
Holiday DNA testing sales have started already! If you've been considering testing at AncestryDNA-- or having additional family members tested-- now would be a great time to buy and return a test, so your kit would beat the after-Christmas crush at the lab!
The AncestryDNA kit is currently on sale for $59-- it's "regularly" $99, although it's on sale often at $79-- plus they have a "buy 3, get 1 free" offer. Great for a family holiday gathering. Sale price runs through Nov. 27. They also have a sale price on their new "health" test, but as it's not relevent to genealogy we won't get into it here.
FamilyTreeDNA also has kicked off a sale, both for new kits and for Y-DNA upgrades. The Y-DNA 37-marker test is on sale for what a 12-marker test sold for a decade ago!
We have a new Slevin family in the The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry. Like most of us that share a variaton of the surname, the family that originated in Ireland, and emigrated to the United States just over a hundred years ago. Are you connected to this family? Check out the registry!
Have you or a relative with a Slaven(s), Slavin, Slevin, etc. ancestor received autosomal ("ancestry") DNA results recently? Email me the information to add an entry to the The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry so that your "cousins" can find you. A listing in the Registry is especially helpful if the surname is no longer a Slaven varient and you don't have a family tree posted on the testing company's website.
We have a new Slaven descendant in the The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry. This is a family that originated in Ireland and emigrated to the United States before the Great Famine, living in Rhode Island, Iowa, New York, and Nebraska in the 19th century. Are you connected to this family? Check out the registry!
Descendants of Richard Harve Slaven/Slavey might be interested in this newspaper story about hiking in the No Business area.
We have a new person on the Slaven Cousins DNA Registry, the first with the "Sleavin" spelling of our surname. Check out the family line in the registry.
A Slaven Y-DNA Project member (ID B003) has upgraded his test to 111 markers, and it shows close kinship to the 111 marker test results of a descendant of John Slaven of County Tyrone, Ireland/Highland County, Virginia (ID B001). We currently only display Y-DNA test results up to 67 markers; however, you can see the full results at the FamilyTreeDNA Slaven Project results page. The two men do not share enough autosomal DNA to show as a match in the FTDNA FamilyFinder test; this is not surprising since the common ancestor would be at least 300 years and eight or more generation in the past.
FamilyTreeDNA has been running sales on Y-DNA test upgrades more often than in previous years. If you've done a Y test and are thinking of upgrading, or are thinking of getting the initial Y-DNA test, I'm always happy to answer questions.
If you've had a DNA test done and have a Slaven(s), Slavin, Slevin, etc. in your ancestry, please send me your information so you can be added to the The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry.
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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