Intl Conf Wash DC

The Institute for Genetic Genealogy just announced the 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference. 

This is your chance to meet and learn from many of the brightest stars in Genetic Genealogy!  I just went down the list of speakers that Tim & CeCe have pulled together and it will be a special time for me - as I know nearly all of them - and always enjoy a chance to catch up with them  (though there is SO MUCH packed into the conference that there won't be much time for chatting).  ... Read more


Hooray! A huge announcement from FTDNA on 11-9-13! The BIG Y

This is a new huge SNP test for yDNA: Nearly 25,000 known SNPs, placing you deep on the haplotree. 10 Million base-pair coverage - more than any other Y-DNA test on the market.

This is only for men already tested at FTDNA at this tine. The test is listed at $695 and is on sale this month for $495. There is a further discount for men previously tested in the Walk thru the Y.

I will be doing this test and will be expecting to see new SNPs and spectacular increases in the y-Haplogroup tree. More soon. ... Read more

9th Intl Conf

The 9th Annual International Conference for Genetic Genealogy is next week in Houston TX.   (I have been to every one)

The Conference is for Project Administrators and is always very well attended.  It goes two days and we get an array of current topics - presented by scientists, academics and citizen scientists - with a nice dose of FTDNA staff - who may fit into one, two, or all three of the categories. ... Read more

Project Admin

If you would like to learn more about Surname Project Administration, two opportunities are on my speaking schedule: ... Read more

# of Markers?

I am regularly asked - how many yDNA markers should I test?

My standard response is to buy your yDNA test through your surname project at FTDNA and to "start with either 37 or 67 markers".

Let's break this response into pieces: ... Read more

A Thank You

June 29, 2013

I guess everyone appreciates a compliment - and we at WorldFamilies are no different.  I'd like to share this one that came in today:

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Summer Sale

FTDNA has had a Sizzling Summer Sale for a number of years.

These sale prices are good, but the Family Finder sale price is eye-popping.  We've never seen a price like this!


From FTDNA's announcement on 6/28/13 ... Read more


Just announced - a one week sale.  Ends June 19, 2013:  ... Read more

Family Stories

I just read an interesting article about Family Stories and how they can help our children cope.  The article by Bruce Feiler was titled "The Stories that Bind Us" and published in the New York Times on March 15, 2013.

Hope you also enjoy it!  Terry

Earliest Ancestor

One of my biggest challenges as a Project Administrator is to obtain the "Earliest Known Ancestor" (EKA) and the paper trail from the sample provider to the EKA. 

Family Tree DNA helps us by providing a field for the EKA - which they call "Most Distant Ancestor".  (they could help us much more if that field wasn't "hidden" and if there was an alert on the FTDNA kit page until the EKA information was provided) ... Read more

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