Christmas Presents That Give the Past

When you reach a certain age, there are so few things you need or want for Christmas.  Most of us, by middle age and beyond, have all the trinkets and doodads we could ever want, and if we do desire a new gadget or clothes, it's doubtful someone else can pick it out as well as we could ourselves.  ... Read more


In my opinion, it's time for another major advance in marker testing levels!  We're overdue - not only being able to test more markers - but in being able to uniformly order them and then to compare them ... Read more

Buyer Beware!

More and more, it seems that we see headlines which scream "Buyer Beware!"  The latest one is in the New York Times today.   That one is headlined "Buyer Beware of Home DNA Tests".   A reader may think ... hmmm ... my yDNA or mtDNA test is a "home" dna test - so I should beware.  Actually, I think you should always seek to learn more - as the best consumer is the aware consumer.  However - the article is addressing a completely different type of test - tests which look at medical conditions.  ... Read more

No Matches?

I just answered an email who asked how long it would take to get matches - since he had an uncommon surname. Here's my answer: ... Read more

Upgrade Sale

FTDNA Upgrade Sale - Time is Short!

This is a great chance to upgrade your yDNA test(s), as FTDNA has only ever offered a sale on upgrades once before (in my memory) ... Read more

Which Test

Which Test?

Bottom Line: 37 markers for $149 through a project ((plus $4 to $6 s/h)

Here's the story: The cost of testing continues to come down. As you, your family, your research team, or your project members face the question of "which test", don't be penny wise and pound foolish. The 12 and 25 marker tests really should be going the way of dinosaurs! They are STUPID choices for a new order.

Let's look at the group rate prices (ordering through a project): ... Read more

2009 Conference

I haven't had the time to writeup my thoughts about the 5th International Genetic Genealogy Conference hosted by FTDNA in Houston on March 14 & 15, but saw a writeup that Doris Wheeler (Worden, Southworth, Palatine and Willour Project Admin). Doris graciously has allowed me to reprint it here. (Thanks, Doris!)

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Which Company?

I am getting questions from potential project members about the tests offered by a company that advertises heavily.   If you face the same question - as project administrator or project member - perhaps these comments will be of some help to you. ... Read more


I have just returned from the 5th Annual International Genetic Genealogy Conference in Houston, which is sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA. There were about 200 attendees (the number each year is limited by the size of the venue). It is amazing to be in the midst of this many researchers who are so passionate about their genealogy and so focused on learning how to become better surname project administrators. ... Read more

Improved website

To our Project Administrators:

I appreciate your patience as we work through this latest round of improvements to the website. We hope to have all of the glitches out soon.

Here are three pieces of news I wanted to share with you: ... Read more

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