Friday, October 06, 2017

Just in from FTDNA

Because I'm certain that many of you have progressed in Y-DNA and SNP analysts beyond me, I'm passing on this 'heads-up' just received from FTDNA:

Dear Group Administrators,

We're releasing a big update to Big Y on October 10th and want to give you a first look before the release goes live.

Once the release is live, we will be recalculating Big Y matches. We anticipate this to take approximately 5-7 days. During this time, you will see a "Results Pending" page when you click on the Big Y section. You will be notified by email once your results are processed and ready.

Once the transition is complete, we will update you as to when BAM files will be available.

What’s New?
Here’s the breakdown of what we added and how it all works

Human Genome 38

We’ve updated from hg19 to hg38. This is a more accurate representation of the human genome and is the most recent version referenced by the human genome community.

Some of the advantages of hg38 are:
Better mapping of NGS data to the proper location
Consideration of alternative haplotypes across the genome
For more information about human genome builds, click here.

Terminal SNP Guide

We've added a terminal SNP Guide that allows you to view and filter the branches closest to the tester's terminal branch on the haplotree.

BIG Y Browse
We’re giving you the ability to view your SNP data from Big Y. This will allow you to personally assess all SNP call positions that are being evaluated for matching purposes. This data will be continuously updated.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Could be a problem

This notice from Rootsweb Freepages, host of all our Berry DNA 'stuff'.  This may seriously impinge on my ability to add to or make any changes to the Berry Family DNA Project website.  We'll just have to see.


    We will be discontinuing this RootsWeb Online Editor on July 31st, 2017.  RootsWeb FreePages users will need to use an FTP client to and modify files starting August 1st, 2017.

    Many of our users have been happy with FileZilla which is a free FTP client.  Useful tips and tricks for FileZilla and Rootsweb are available.

    Other free FTP clients are also available.:


Why, I wonder?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Berry and Lincoln

Bill Berry, (ID #241), an Augusta/Washington Co. Berry, was kind enough to share with us an interesting book about the relationship between William Franklin Berry and Abraham Lincoln.

Click here to read

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

FTDNA 2016 Father's Day Sale

Check out the various offerings:


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Posted by FTDNA for anyone interested:

Dear Valued Customer,

We have some great news for those of you who use SNPs in your research!

Starting today, we will offer an official coupon for $100 off Big Y. Use the coupon code BIGY100 to join the thousands of customers that have already taken the deep dive into Y-DNA.

To order Big Y, simply click on the blue "Upgrade" button on the upper right corner of your dashboard, and the Big Y will be on the upgrade choices of Y-testers.

This offer is valid from October 7 through October 11, 11:59 PM Central Time.

Order your Big Y test today!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

- - - - - - - NOTICE - - - - - - -

Our co-coordinator for this Berry Family DNA Project, Carol Vass, has recently suffered a serious heart attack and will not be available for consultation for some time in the future.

I'll do my best to fill in but don't have anywhere near the grasp of Berry family relationships and history that Carol has. My main forte' is in gathering and presenting data and website design and upkeep.

Please refrain for the time being from asking Carol for assistance. Ask me instead and I'll do my best to respond -- or to tell you that I don't know the answer to your question.

- jim berry

Monday, December 01, 2014

Y-DNA Sale Price Discounted!

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I now have one reward code for $10 off the Y37, Y67 or Y111 sale price which I will send to anyone who would like to order any of those tests.     Must be used by December 7!
Email Me
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2014 FTDNA Holiday Sale Prices!

2014 FTDNA Holiday Sale Prices!

Product           Sale Price

 Y37      $169           $129      $40 off
  Y67      $268           $199      $69 off
  Y111     $359          $289      $70 off


Y12 to Y37        $99            $78      $21 off
Y12 to Y67      $189          $149      $40 off
Y12 to Y111      $339          $257      $82 off
Y25 to Y37          $49            $39      $10 off
Y25 to Y67      $148          $119      $29 off
Y25 to Y111      $249          $209      $40 off
Y37 to Y67          $99            $78      $21 off
Y37 to Y111      $220          $187      $33 off
Y67 to Y111      $129          $109      $20 off

Family Finder        $99          $89      $10 off

mtFullSequence      $199          $169      $30 off
mtDNA+ to mtFullSequence      $159          $139      $20 off

Sale ends Dec 31, 2014. Click here to order.

I also have a reward code for $10 off the Family Finder sale price which I will send to anyone who would like to order the FTDNA Family Finder test.     Must be used by November 30!
Email Me.

Monday, June 09, 2014

The Earls of Barrymore DNA Project

This notice just received from James Berry, admin of the Barry DNA Project.    Anyone interested to help should contact him directly.

For the past year I have been working with forensic anthropologists and genetic scientists at University College Dublin on an effort to conduct DNA testing on the remains of a titled member of the family.    We have just received ministerial permission to take samples from the remains of Richard Barry, 6th Earl of Barrymore, who died in the 18th century.    This will provide the first opportunity to do a direct genetic comparison of living Barry men with one of our famous forebears.    It will also enable the scientists to develop and refine methods for forensic analysis and DNA testing that will be valuable both to the academic community and to other Irish families who wish to explore their roots through genetic genealogy.

All of the professionals involved in this project are donating their time.    We will, however, have some logistical expenses totaling about 2500 Euro ($3500), and it is in this regard that I wanted to solicit support for supporting the project.    There is more detailed information on the project, its goals and methods on our web site:

I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have and hope that you will find this project of interest.    Please feel free to repost or forward this message to any interested parties.

James Barry,
Administrator,  Barry DNA Project

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.


               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

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!]