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Family Tree DNA sale until 31 December 2012

PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:46 pm
by bimjim
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Sizzling Summer Sale

Products and promotions

New Kits ................... Current Price .... SALE PRICE

Y-DNA 37 ........................ $169 ........... $119
Y-DNA 67 ........................ $268 ........... $199
mtDNAPlus ....................... $159 ........... $139
mtFullSequence (FMS) ............ $299 ........... $199
SuperDNA (Y-DNA 67 and mtFullSequence) .. $548 ... $398
Family Finder ................... $289 ........... $199
Family Finder + mtDNAPlus ....... $438 ........... $318
Family Finder + mtFullSequence .. $559 ........... $398
Family Finder + Y-DNA 37 ........ $438 ........... $318
Comprehensive (FF + FMS + Y-67) . $837 ........... $597

Upgrades ................... Current Price .... SALE PRICE

Y-Refine 12-25 Marker ........... $ 59 ........... $ 35
Y-Refine 12-37 Marker ........... $109 ........... $ 69
Y-Refine 12-67 Marker ........... $199 ........... $148
Y-Refine 25-37 Marker ........... $ 59 ........... $ 35
Y-Refine 25-67 Marker ........... $159 ........... $114
Y-Refine 37-67 Marker ........... $109 ........... $79
Y-Refine 37-111 Marker .......... $220 ........... $188
Y-Refine 67-111 Marker .......... $129 ........... $109
mtHVR1toMega .................... $269 ........... $179
mtHVR2toMega .................... $239 ........... $179
mtFullSequence Add-on ........... $289 ........... $199

To order this special offer, log in to your personal page and click on the Order An Upgrade button in the upper right corner. A link to the login page is provided below. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 11:59:00 PM CST TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICES.

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The 8th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy

Family Tree DNA hosted the 8th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy in Houston, Texas on November 9-11, 2012. The conference was attended by two hundred DNA project administrators and coadministrators with many being first time attendees. The conference opened with a presentation by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Dr. Spencer Wells who shared highlights of the new Geno2.0 test kit. Family Tree DNA does the DNA processing for Geno2.0. Conference speakers also included international speakers like Dr. Tyrone Bowes who spoke on “Pinpointing a Geographical Location” as well as Family Tree DNA's scientists, Michael Hammer, Doron Behar, and Thomas Krahn who shared updates in Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA research. Dr. Behar also addressed “mtDNA Community” an . community for customers to upload their full sequence mtDNA (FGS) results to be used for research purposes.

The purpose of the conference is to share new advances and help educate those who volunteer as DNA Project Administrators. Other conference sessions ranged from beginner to advanced topics with that purpose in mind. If you are a DNA Project Administrator or Co-administrator, plan to attend next year's conference which will be held on November 9-10, 2013.

E-mail Netiquette Tips

The first of its kind, Family Tree DNA was founded in 2000 as a genetic genealogy company. Since genealogy usually entails contacting others for the sharing of information, Family Tree DNA implemented a system whereby DNA matches can contact one another via e-mail. Even so, FTDNA receives many complaints each year about matches not responding to e-mails. Here are some e-mail netiquette tips to help improve e-mail responses:

Be as descriptive, but brief, in your e-mail request as possible. Make the case on why you need to share information. The more detailed it is, the more likely you will receive a reply. The more vague it is, the less likely you will.

If someone contacts you with a question you do not know the answer to, do not ignore the e-mail. Either reply that you do not know the answer, or if its a question related to the results and you need assistance to answer the question, contact Family Tree DNA's Customer Service

Do NOT send a bulk e-mail to all of your matches. While more tedious, you will receive a better response rate if you take the time to individually address each match separately. One reason for this is because some customers use the same e-mail address on multiple kits and if you do not address the name you are contacting, they have no way of knowing which kit you are contacting them about.

GenBank Submissions Update

In the field of ancestry genetics research, the term “citizen science” is generally applied to those who are not directly involved in the research, but contribute their DNA results to further scientific studies. One area where this citizen science has been ongoing regularly is with Family Tree DNA customers contributing their Full Mitochondrial Sequence results to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)'s GenBank database. NCBI advances science by providing access to biomedical and genomic information, primarily to researchers. For the past seven years, when a customer wanted to contribute their results anonymously to GenBank, the results would be submitted using Bennett Greenspan's name and contact info (Greenspan is President of Family Tree DNA). However, this has presented a problem for researchers who wish to verify mutations. So customers who have submitted their results (and those who plan to submit), are being asked to update their GenBank results with their FTDNA kit #.

Here are the instructions for updating a GenBank flatfile:

Send the:
[1] GenBank Accession Number
[2] FTDNA kit number

Upcoming Events & Presentations

“An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy” Presented by: Jeremy Balkin
Sunday, January 13, 2013
2-4 pm
San Antonio Genealogy and Historical Society
911 Melissa Drive
San Antonio, TX 78213.
For registration call 210-342-5242 or email
Non-members may attend for a $10 donation

In The News

Family Tree DNA partners with Relative Roots to offer quality, convenient and affordable Genetic Genealogy education to Family Tree DNA customers! Webinars (web-based seminars) as an option for our customers to learn more about our tests and your own results.

How it Works

Attend our live or on-demand webinars (web-based seminars) from the comfort of your own home! You’ll view the presentation using your own computer and listen to the presenter using your computer speakers or telephone. Attendees of our live webinars are able to ask questions just as if you were attending a presentation in-person. Registrants of our on-demand webinars can access a recording of our live webinars at a time that is convenient for you. Each webinar session lasts 60-90 minutes.


Our webinars cover four topics:


* Introduction to Genetic Genealogy at Family Tree DNA


* Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 1: Y-DNA
* Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 2: mtDNA
* Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 3: Family Finder

Stay tuned for more topics to be added to the schedule in the coming months!


Introduction to Genetic Genealogy - FREE! Demystified series is - $10 each, or 3 for $25

Family Tree DNA Discount Webinar attendees will receive a limited-time discount on select new tests and upgrades to help offset the cost of attending the webinar. A coupon code will be provided at the end of each live webinar and will also be available to those who view the on-demand recordings.

Webinar Schedule

Our core webinars are currently repeated every month. Following is the webinar schedule for December:

* Dec 13 @ 1 pm ET - Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 2: mtDNA
* Dec 18 @ 1 pm ET - Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 3: Family Finder

Register Today!

For registration, more details about each of the webinars and schedule updates, please visit:

About Relative Roots

Relative Roots is a Florida-based genealogy consulting and education company, owned and operated by Elise Friedman. Elise became a Family Tree DNA customer in 2005 while working on her own genealogy brick walls. She quickly became a proponent of genetic genealogy as a tool for genealogists, and today she's a volunteer administrator for several surname, geographical and haplogroup projects at Family Tree DNA. Over the years, she has given presentations on genetic genealogy at a variety of genealogy society meetings and genealogy conferences. Then earlier this year, Elise took her presentations . and began offering genetic genealogy webinars through her company, Relative Roots. Family Tree DNA is very pleased to now have Elise as our education partner so we can offer this new educational opportunity to our customers.

Hungarian Family Finder Success Story

I am Tibor and I live in Hungary. I have been interested in genetic genealogy for more than 5 years (now I am 27). I have always focused on Y-DNA and MtDNA for deep ethnic origin and was rather cold towards autosomal tests. However, finally I gave a try and my FTDNA Family Finder (FF) test has been completed on May 21. I had several matches but without any clue of close pedigree relationship with any one of them. I knew that a lot of my paternal grandmother’s relatives emigrated from Hungary to the US in the late 19th century, so I expected that most of the matches should derive from that line. But surnames listed in the FF matches section were not giving any clue.

However, suddenly on Sept 5, I got an e-mail from Tom, an American from Ohio that I am among his FF matches and we both have the Dobos surname (it means “Drummer” in Hungarian). Of course I was enthusiastic about finding out the relationship, which seemed not to be too close (we share 21,44 cM and our longest block is 8,48 cM, he was only the 19th on my matches list). Anyway, we started e-mailing each other with the details to conduct an “investigation”.

My great-great-grandma was Theresa Drotos (born 1881) in Edelény, Hungary (northeastern part, county Borsod). Her mother was Theresa Dobos, so I suspected that is where our trees intersected. However, I did not know her birth date or parents’ names. Tom told me his great-grandma was Barbara Dobos (born 1872 or 1878) and her father was Michael Dobos (born abt. 1831). Both were from Abod, a village 15 km away from Edelény. Fortunately, we had the MtDNA results for both lines, as I tested my paternal grandma 4 years ago, just before she passed away, and she belonged to haplogroup H5, directly inherited from Theresa Dobos. Tom’s MtDNA is haplogroup V and his direct maternal line is coming from Barbara Dobos, thus we could conclude Theresa and Barbara could not have been full siblings, as they had different MtDNA. Also, they had one generation difference, as Theresa’s daughter was born around the same time when Barbara, so an aunt-niece or cousin relationship seemed more likely. Now we needed expert help to really find out the relation.

I have known Beth Long, an American genealogist living in Budapest, Hungary for several years and I knew she does excellent work with archive microfilms. We asked her to check the Abod files for the Dobos family, which was a rather difficult job as Greek Catholic records do not name the parents of the bride and groom on the marriage records, so she had to do a lot of research to exclude any possibility of confusion with different people having similar names. In two days (Sept 12), we got the result and Beth also attached an excellent chart for us. So, we are 4th cousins, twice removed, which means that Tom was the 4th cousin of my grandma, but the generations slipped as Tom is in similar age to my father, so his line is “one generation younger”. The father of Theresa Dobos, Jozsef (Joe) Dobos (born 1825 in Abod) was the elder brother of Tom’s ancestor Michael Dobos (born 1834 in Abod).

Tom noted his interest in visiting the village of Abod, from where his ancestors emigrated to Toledo, Ohio, the area where he still lives. My parents still live in the 20-30 km area of Abod, so I would be happy to receive them and drive to Abod together. Now I am fully convinced of the usefulness of the FF test and also that time and geographical distance can be easily bridged by new technologies when you have the interest. Now I am happy to have a new distant cousin in the US, and also wondering how I am related to the other 20-30 people who are on my FF match list…

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We hope you have enjoyed this issue of Facts & Genes. Please feel free to contact the editor with your comments, feedback, questions to be addressed, as well as suggestions and success stories for future articles. If you are a Group Administrator and can help others with tips or suggestions, please contact our editor.

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