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Reminder – Entries for the NGS Family History Writing Contest are Due 12/31/16

Don’t forget, entries for this year’s National Genealogical Society’s Family History Writing Contest are due by December 31, 2016.  This annual contest is open to NGS members.

The winner receives a trip to the next NGS conference and their manuscript may be published in the NGS Quarterly.

This competition is a BIG DEAL so don’t delay!

All the details can be found here.

Autosomal DNA Test with FTDNA – Lowest Price EVER!

I woke up this morning to find wonderful news in my inbox—Family Tree DNA is offering its Family Finder test (that’s the autosomal DNA test) for $69…yes, you read that right, $69! That’s $30 off and the lowest price I’ve ever seen for an autosomal DNA test—this is mind blowing!! If you’ve been holding off on stocking up on kits, now’s the time to hop on over and get ‘em!

The e-mail also indicated that they have a new feature that can sort your paternal and maternal matches. Here’s what it says: “our new parental phasing tool allows users to further refine DNA matches like never before. The more matches the better, so be sure to tell family and friends and take advantage of this incredible offer.” More reason to stock up on kits and get those relatives tested! Not sure when the sale ends, so stop what you’re doing and place your order, right now!!

Celebrating 8 Years of Genealogy Blogging

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I can’t believe it’s been eight years since I started my genealogy blogging journey!

I know I haven’t posted much in the last several months, but I do have some great articles in the works. Much has happened in the last year or so, from research discoveries to lessons learned as an editor of genealogy publications, that I want to share with you.

Thank you to all of the readers out there who still follow this blog. Once I get through a few hurdles, I’ll be back to blogging fairly regularly.

Stay tuned!!

SALE – Celebrate National DNA Day with Discounted Prices from Family Tree DNA

2338-health-1100024552-10182013In celebration of National DNA Day, which is April 25th, Family Tree DNA is slashing prices for many of their DNA tests.

  • Family Finder (autosomal DNA)
    $79 (a savings of $20)
  • Y-DNA 37 Marker
    $129 (a savings of $40)
  • Y-DNA 67 Marker
    $199 (a savings of $69)
  • Y-DNA 111 Marker
    $289 (a savings of $70)
  • Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Full Sequence
    $149 (a savings of $50)

If you’ve been holding off for a good sale, here’s your chance!

This sale is good from April 21 to April 26, 2016. Don’t delay!


ALL Databases on American Ancestors FREE, April 6-13, 2016


I just received this exciting news! The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering FREE access to ALL of its fabulous databases for one whole week (April 6-13, 2016). On occasion, I have seen NEHGS offer specific collections for free, but I’ve never seen them offer their entire collection all at once; this is amazing for those who don’t have access to these databases through an NEHGS membership. You can find all the details in the official press release below.

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Entries for the 2016 Connecticut Society of Genealogists Literary Awards & Essay Contest Now Being Accepted

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists is now accepting entries for both the Literary Awards and Essay Contest.  Submission deadline for both is July 15, 2016.  Winners for both will be notified by September 1, 2016.  Details for each are below.

5th Annual “Tell Me Your Family Story” Essay Contest

This contest is open to anyone; winner receives $100.  Entries must be related to New England and not more than 10 pages (double-spaced).  Entries could include family stories, oral histories, diary/journal excerpts, Bible record or cemetery marker transcriptions, family histories or traditions, or socioeconomic conditions affecting the life on an ancestor.  These essays must convey how it pertains to the author.  Click here (opens PDF) for full rules and entry form for this contest.

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Attend Select NGS 2016 Conference Sessions from Home

I was happy to receive an email from the National Genealogical Society (NGS) announcing that registration was now open for the live streaming sessions that will run during the NGS 2016 Conference in May. NGS starting offering this option in 2014, and since I had not attended that conference, I was able to register for one track of the live stream. I watched two of the five sessions live, and the other three over the course of three months. When you register for one or both tracks, you can watch them live, or you can watch them on-demand for up to three months. I had a great experience with both the live and on-demand options. In fact, even though I attended the 2015 conference, I registered for a live streaming track because it contained a few sessions that overlapped with others I wanted to attend and some of them I knew would fill up quickly and this way, I wouldn’t have to fight for a seat in the in-person session. It worked out great since I had three months to watch them all on-demand! The pricing is reasonable, so I encourage you to think about “attending” the conference in this manner if you are unable to attend in person. The other bonus for attending the live streaming sessions is that you get a digital copy of the entire conference syllabus. See details below.

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