Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FTDNA DNA Day sale begins April 25, 2014

Y-DNA SNPs will be 20% off from April 25 - 29. In addition, the Y-DNA 37 test will be 20% off the retail price.

(The sale officially begins at 12:01AM on April 25 and will end at 11:59pm on April 29.)

Friday, March 28, 2014

FTDNA March mtDNA Madness sale

For four days only FTDNA is offering its customers the chance to order or upgrade to the mtDNA full sequence at reduced prices.    To take advantage of the prices below, place your orders and pay before 11:59 PM Central Time April 1, 2014.

Savings

               mtDNAFullSequence Addon and New Kits - Was $199 US       Now $139 US
               mtHVR1toMEGA Upgrade - Was $149 US       Now $99 US
               mtHVR2toMEGA Upgrade - Was $159 US       Now $89 US

Order Here

Sunday, March 09, 2014

My Days May Be Numbered

FTDNA has published new Group Administrator Guidelines for FTDNA Projects that I would invite you to read, HERE.

My first impression is that they're asking for a LOT of free help for their business under their rules and for no apparent return.    In addition, while perhaps unclear, could "Any external website should specify that the DNA results are from Family Tree DNA" mean that we cannot display results from other labs?

I guess we'll see, but my days may be numbered.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Not So Fast!

Well, according to the folks who know a lot more about this stuff than I do, maybe the BIG Y STRs are not going to be reported.     At least not for a while.

I'll try to monitor what's going on and let you know when I spot something genealogical.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Big Y is here!

OK. I guess it's time to get our learning hats on (again).    Up to this point I have pretty much ignored SNPs and SNP testing.    Our interest has been, and is, genetic genealogy.    And, up to this point, my understanding was that STRs are valuable for genealogy and SNPs are valuable for things on a longer time frame like population migrations.

Apparently, though, the release of FTDNA's Big Y test results may indicate that there may also be some things that look like SNPs but are really complex variant STRs which may be genealogically significant.

So, time for the learning hats.    I don't know any answers so I'll just point out some things that seem to me important to read and learn and maybe we'll be able to learn this together.

The first is Roberta Estes' DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog post, "Big Y Release".    Be sure to also click on and follow all the links within her blog post as they are necessary to an understanding of this new tool.

In case you missed the link in the last paragraph, here it is again:      Big Y Release

Click for FTDNA Big Y help page

Monday, January 27, 2014

Reed Island Rounders Perform "Maysville."

Friends of mine are now in Arizona.  For your listening pleasure.



Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Family Tree DNA Free Webinars

Family Tree DNA now offers many free online seminars that will help you understand and get the most from DNA testing. Below are some of the options.
as posted by Rebekah Canada

myFTDNA: Managing Your Personal Account at Family Tree DNA
Time: Thursday, January 9, 2014 @ 12pm Central (6pm GMT)
Click here for Registration

Learn your way around your personal myFTDNA account at Family Tree DNA! We'll cover basic account settings, where to locate your results when they come in, how to upload a GEDCOM (family tree), how to update your Most Distant Ancestor information and map coordinates for your ancestral location, how to join projects and account privacy. (Note: This webinar does not cover interpreting your results. We have other webinars dedicated to understanding your results!)

Family Tree DNA Results Explained, Part 3: Family Finder
Time: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 12pm Central (6pm GMT)
Click here for Registration.

An information-packed webinar focusing on how to read and understand your Family Finder results. Learn about autosomal & X DNA inheritance, how Family Finder determines your relationship with your matches, how to use the Chromosome Browser, and much more!


Mind the GAP: Beginner's Guide to the Group Administration Page at Family Tree DNA
Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 12pm Central (6pm GMT)
Click here for Registration.

Family Tree DNA has over 7,000 surname, geographical, heritage and haplogroup projects. All of these projects are run by volunteers who have a passion for genetic genealogy. This webinar provides an in-depth look at the many tools available in the GAP for project administrators. If time permits, we’ll also discuss member recruitment and other project administration topics.


Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 1: Y-DNA
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 12pm Central (6pm GMT)
Click here for Registration.

This advanced webinar goes beyond the Family Tree DNA Results Explained webinar series, providing more in-depth detail about the genetics and usage of Y-DNA testing. We will cover the following topics: NIST standards, compound markers, palindromic & multi-copy markers, genetic distance models, modal values & triangulation, micro-alleles, recurrent SNPs & SNP discovery projects.


Recorded On-Demand Webinars


Introduction to Family Tree DNA
Any Time Recording
Click here for Registration.

This FREE Online Seminar will help you learn the basics about Family Tree DNA's Y-DNA, mtDNA and Family Finder (autosomal DNA) tests. Elise explains what each of these tests can tell you about your ancestry and how to decide which test to order based on your personal interests and goals. She shows the basics of personal myFTDNA account where all of your results are reported as well as example results from each test. Elise will also gives a brief overview of our group projects and other resources available at Family Tree DNA.


Family Tree DNA Results Explained, Part 1: Y-DNA
Any Time Recording
Click here for Registration.

In this information-packed webinar, Elise focuses on how to read and understand your Y-DNA results. Learn where to find your Y-DNA results in your personal myFTDNA account, how to read your Standard Y-STR Results and what they mean, how to analyze your Y-DNA matches, what your Y-DNA haplogroup means and much more. She also provides tips for making the most of your Family Tree DNA experience


Family Tree DNA Results Explained, Part 2: mtDNA
Any Time Recording
Click here for Registration.

In this information-packed webinar, Elise focuses on how to read and understand your mtDNA results. Learn where to find your mtDNA results in your personal myFTDNA account, how to read your mtDNA Results page and what the results mean, how to analyze your mtDNA matches, what your mtDNA haplogroup means and much more. She also provides tips for making the most of your Family Tree DNA experience.


Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: X Chromosome Matches in Family Finder
Any Time Recording
Click here for Registration.

On January 2, 2014, Family Tree DNA launched an exciting update for Family Finder: X chromosome matches! This webinar will provide a brief overview of the new tools on the Matches and Chromosome Browser pages for viewing and analyzing your X chromosome match information.

Friday, November 22, 2013

FTDNA Holiday Sale 2013

Here's your chance to add to your testing or to sponsor another to further clarify your line.



Monday, October 07, 2013

Waiting at Rainbow Bridge

Axel's Edn von Reiteralm
August 14, 2002 - October 7, 2013



Edn
Our Little Clown


Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.    Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;   they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.    His bright eyes are intent.    His eager body quivers.    Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head.    You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…

Author Unknown

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Sad News

I am sorry to report having just learned that we recently lost two of our original Project folk, Brent and Solveig Berry.




Brent Berry, #4
November 2, 1948 - March 8, 2012

Brent Berry, 63, died March 8, 2012 at Circle of Life in Springdale. He was born on November 2, 1948 in Ft. Smith to the late Blake Berry, and Billie (Bollinger) Berry of Ft. Smith. He was the loving husband of Solveig (Lundberg) Berry for 42 years.

Brent was a 24 year veteran of Wal-Mart Stores. He served in a series of positions including Merchandise Buyer of several categories, Vice President Divisional Merchandise Manager, and retired as Vice President Managing Director International Merchandise responsible for import and export programs for Wal-Mart and Sam's.

Brent developed private label programs for Wal-Mart including Equate and Popular Mechanics. He played an integral role in Wal-Mart's expansion into Canada where he set up the infrastructure for a self-sufficient Canadian merchandising department.

Brent graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1970, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was an avid Razorback fan and followed all U of A sports. He enjoyed reading history, fantasy and science fiction. He loved to travel and visited four continents and a wide variety of countries including India, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Brent and Solveig recently traveled to Hawaii and China and took a European cruise.

Brent is survived by his mother, Billie; wife, Solveig of Rogers; son, Erik Berry of Rogers; daughter, Brynn Sims of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Blake; and brother, Boyd Blake Berry.



Solveig Berry
May 15, 1947 - April 9, 2013

Solveig Margareta (Lundberg) Berry was born May 15, 1947 in Luleå, Sweden to the late Erik and Ella (Lundström) Lundberg. She was the loving wife of the late Brent Berry for 42 years.
Solveig attended high school at Hermelinsskolan in Sweden. In 1965, she came to the U.S. as an AFS exchange student in Poteau, OK. She spent one year with the family of Ross J. Holt. When back in Sweden, she studied at the College of Education in Lulea to become a certified teacher, specializing in grades 4-6. After college in Sweden, Solveig attended the University of Arkansas with her host sister, Nana (Holt) Johnson in 1969. Solveig and Brent met at the U of A and later married on March 22, 1970. She and Brent moved to Rogers in 1972, where she began teaching 5th grade at Lowell Elementary. Later she served as the facilitator of the Gifted and Talented program at Oakdale.
During her life in Rogers, Solveig was highly involved in community activities. She was a member of PEO and Junior Auxillary. She completed her Masters Degree at the University of Arkansas. She also enjoyed tennis, genealogy and gardening.
Solveig is survived by her daughter, Brynn Sims of Fayetteville; son, Erik Berry of Rogers; brother, Dr. Lars Lundberg of Sweden; mother-in-law, Billie Berry; three grandchildren, Henry Sims and Karl and Kaden Berry; and three nieces and two nephews.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Faires Berrys - an analysis

Submitted by Carol Vass

The Faires BERRY Family is one of the more interesting groups on the project.     If you look at their results in the Family View it looks like a group of men with a small range of differences but, still, they appear to be closely related.

 As much as possible, I also like to look at the results of any ‘group’ on the project and, if possible, sort them according to the genealogy research – the paper trail.     Using both criteria with the Faires BERRY group, as shown in the chart below, we can see four fairly clear ‘subsets’:

 Subset #1:    This subset is connected to James R. Berry/Elizabeth Faires who married in 1816 Washington Co, VA.     The very close DNA results for this group confirms the very strong circumstantial paper trail that ALL in this group are descendants of John Barry/Margaret Cook (ancestor of #167) who came to America, from Ireland, ca 1780-1790, settling first in Frederick Co, VA, then to Washington Co, VA and then to several nearby east Tennessee counties.     Subset #1 is the closest match to the modal values of the Faires group as a whole.

 Subset #2:     #31 and #161 are descended from Andrew Jackson Berry (1817-c1879) the son of James Berry.    James had served during the Revolution from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, afterwards migrating down to southwest Virginia where he died c1832 in Russell Co, VA.     The two BELLs (#175 and #176) have circumstantial evidence that their ancestor changed his name from BERRY to BELL and the DNA results support this theory.     The comparison in this chart is to the modal values for the entire group, but you can see that all of Subset #2 have the same differences from the modal on three markers (388, 392 and YCAiib) which means, compared to each other, #31 and #176 have a Genetic Distance of 0 at 37 and #161 and #175 are a genetic distance of 1 to #31 and #176.      (This chart is not showing the upgrade to 67 markers for #31, #175 and #176.     At 67 markers, and just comparing #31, #175, #176 to each other, the genetic distance between #31 and #176 is still 0 and #175 is a genetic distance of 1 compared to #31 and #176 – this is a very strong genetic relationship!!)
 Subset #3:    There is NO connection -- on paper or circumstantially – between #139 and #192, and there is NO connection for either one of these men to SUBSET #1, #2 or #3, on paper or circumstantially.    The genetic distance to the modal values, particularly for #192, is greater than what is found in either Subsets #1 or #2.     However, in comparing #139 and #192 to each other, the genetic distance is 2 at 37 markers because they also differ from the modal values on three of the same markers, in this case 391, 458 and CDYa.     Hopefully these two participants can fully investigate each other’s genealogy research to see if they can discover a common ancestor.

 Subset #4:     The ancestors of #114 and #146 were both born in Ireland (different counties) and immigrated, entirely separately, to America after 1800, settling in completely separate parts of the country.     They have no paper trail connection to each other or to any of the other subsets of the Faires BERRY participants.     Like Subset #3, when comparing them just to each other, the Genetic Distance is either 2 or 3 at 37 markers.     [The infinite allele formula, which FTDNA uses, counts all steps of a multi-step mutation. The step-wise formula counts any multi-step mutation as one event, no matter how many steps.    In either case, the match between the two of them is within the acceptable range of closeness.]
As a group, the Faires BERRYs are a good match to each other.     By using the paper trail and/or a one-to-one comparison, we can ‘see’ how they are subsets of the whole.     It seems, to me, that the Faires BERRYs have a common ancestor who lived in Ireland closer to the time period when surnames were adopted, probably making it extremely unlikely that he can ever be identified.


Submitted by Carol Vass

Saturday, June 29, 2013

FULL Y-DNA sequencing !

Just in case anyone might be interested, Full Genomes Corporation, Inc., of Rockville, MD is offering a Full(?) Y-DNA sequencing for $1299.

Details may be seen HERE.

Looks like about 1200 STRs, HERE.

Here's the offer: "For a limited time, we are offering an Early Bird Special of $1,299 USD for our "Comprehensive Y-Chromosome Sequencing".    This offer ends on June 30th, 2013."

That's all I know.    [You'll have to hurry!]

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

FTDNA Father's Day Y-DNA UPGRADE SALE!

This just in from FTDNA -

Since last summer's upgrade sale was such huge success, we thought we'd repeat history!

From June 12, 2013 through June 19, 2013, we will reduce the following prices.

Y-DNA 12 to 25 was $49                      Now $35
Y-DNA 12 to 37 was $99                      Now $69
Y-DNA 12 to 67 was $189                    Now $148
Y-DNA 25 to 37 was $49                      Now $35
Y-DNA 25 to 67 was $148                    Now $114
Y-DNA 25 to 111 was $249                  Now $224
Y-DNA 37 to 67 was $99                      Now $79
Y-DNA 37 to 111 was $220                  Now $188
Y-DNA 67 to 111 was $129                  Now $109

To order an upgrade at these special prices your members can log into their personal pages with their kit number and password. Click on the "Order Upgrade" button located on the right side of the menu bar. Then click on the "Special Offers" button.

ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY 11:59pm, JUNE 19, 2013, TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICE.

Log In to Order an Upgrade.

Friday, May 17, 2013

23andMe multiple kit sale!

This has just shown up from 23andMe-

We have a new offer for you and your audience!    20% off on all additional kits.    So, the first kit in a purchase order is full price - $99.    And every additional kit is 20% off - $79.

This offer is live now and does not have an expiration date.   

Here are a couple of links you can start using:   Explore your DNA with your family.    Now 20% off on all additional kits.    Why 20% Off?    In December, our new $99 price made the 23andMe DNA kit accessible to many people for the first time.    We also noticed that a lot of people purchased multiple DNA kits at once or came back for additional kits later.    That makes sense!    Exploring genetic health and ancestry via 23andMe can be a great family experience;   most of our members choose to share and compare results with their closest relatives.    So we wanted to make it easier for families to purchase their kits together, and save money while being able to share richer DNA stories.

With Father's Day coming up, keep in mind that the 23andMe DNA kit could be an original and caring gift for a parent, grandparent or a significant other.

Friday, April 19, 2013

FTDNA DNA Day sale

For a limited time FTDNA will be selling the FMS for $189 and whether you’ve tested HVR1 or HVR1+2, you’ll be able to upgrade to the Full Sequence for just $129!

In addition, they are also lowering the Family Finder to $169 for this sale!

Here is the list of all tests under the promotion:

Full MtDNA Sequence…. $189
Upgrades to FMS….$129
Y-DNA37 (new and add-on)…. $119
Y-DNA67 (new and add-on)…. $199
Y-DNA37 + Full MtDNA Sequence…. $308
Y-DNA12 + FF…. $218
Y-DNA37 + FF…. $288
Y-DNA67 + FF…. $368
Family Finder.... $169
Family Finder + Full MtDNA Sequence…. $358
SuperDNA….$388 (Y-67 + FMS)
Comprehensive DNA…. $557 (Y-67 + FMS + FF)

The sale will begin tonight, April 18th, at 6PM CDT.  Orders must be made and paid for by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 25th.    All orders must be placed and paid for by the end of the sale to receive the promotional price.

More important, in my view, will be the opportunity to upgrade those 12 marker and 25 marker tests to 37 markers or greater.    According to FTDNA, "We’ll offer Y-DNA upgrades during a Father’s Day sale and will give you those details at that time."

Monday, March 25, 2013

Today's my birthday.

Today is my birthday, four score and aught.    My daughters decided that they were going to give me a surprise party so, with Betty's help, they arranged the time and the place and got the word out to our friends.

Did they surprise me?    Yes, they did but I claim that there has to be an asterisk.    My birthday is March 25.    One of the daughters told me that she and her husband were taking me to a Bruce Molsky concert in Romney, WV, last Saturday, the 23rd, for my birthday and that we'd stop at a church benefit dinner for our meal before the concert.    OK.    Great.    Why should I doubt her?

We arrived at the church and went inside.    The first thing I heard as we entered were some folks singing 'Happy Birthday' to someone.    I started to back out thinking that we'd inadvertently interrupted someone's birthday party.    Never considered that it might be mine  -  My birthday was two days away.

My contention is that it's pretty easy to surprise someone if you throw his birthday party when it's not his birthday.

It was great.    I'll share the flavor of it with you all here.

MOVIE

                And here's the photos:              Click Here

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Perhaps a clue?

Martyn Berry, #226, has only tested 12 markers but I believe he is at least a 'probable' for the Berry Plain Berrys.

The thing about Martyn is that he lives in Croydon, a Borough of London, and his ancestors can be traced back to Hertfordshire, England in about 1761.    Given that his folks were in Hertfordshire from then until just recently, and given that folks didn't move around that much in the 17th Century, it might be a place to look for the immigrant ancestor of most of the lines of this family, Henry Berry.    Henry is reputed to have arrived in the Colony of Virginia about 1648 to 1650 but I haven't heard any theory as to where he might have emigrated from --- until now.

You all might want to help Martyn research his Hertfordshire ancestors back another century or so.

Of course, you might have a little more confidence that you were looking in the right place if Martyn had tested 37 markers.

BTW, Hertfordshire is about 36 miles from Croydon.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

iSmartAlarm - iPhone-controlled home security system

Sorry that this is just a bit off-topic but I thought someone else might be interested in a smartphone controlled home security without the hassle (and expense) of a monthly subscription.

Only 19 days left to take advantage of campaign pricing. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Y-DNA12 $39

Still going on.

Still can't find any indication how much longer it may last.


Order HERE

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Y-DNA12 for $99 $39

This is still being advertised at FTDNA as of just after midnight EST, March 2, 2013.

Can't find any indication how much longer it may last.


Order HERE

Monday, February 25, 2013

Northwestern Lake

I grew up in the small town of Bingen, Washington, in the Columbia Gorge.    I left there in 1954.     This isn't going to be a memoir but merely setting the scene for this film documenting a recent event.

When we were kids one of the family activities we irregularly engaged in was a picnic at Northwestern Lake.     I never gave it any thought at the time but Northwestern Lake was the result of a hydroelectric project on the White Salmon River between Klickitat and Skamania Counties called the Condit Dam.

Recently, it was decided to reverse that project.    If you have half an hour to spare, this is an interesting narrative of the blowing of the Condit Dam and the resulting changes to the White Salmon River.
[I suggest watching it 'full screen' by clicking the small square in the lower right corner of the display.]

Watch The White Salmon River Runs Free: Breaching the Condit Dam on PBS. See more from Oregon Field Guide.



Additional information:

White Salmon Restored: A Timelapse Project ~ documenting the removal of condit dam