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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.

29th Annual Literary Awards Contest

This contest is open to anyone.  Grand prize winner will receive $500.  There is a $20 entry fee and two copies of the publications must be submitted.  Publications must be related to New England and have been published since 2010.  Categories for this contest are:

  • Genealogy (begins with someone in the past and works forward in time)
  • Family History (begins with someone living today or recently and works backward in time)
  • Genealogical Resource (could include cemetery abstracts, compilations, court records, etc.)

All entries should include a title page, table of contents, and index.  Books should be bound.  CDs are acceptable provided they have a fully searchable and easy-to-follow name index with page numbers.  Click here (opens PDF) for full rules and entry form for this contest.

Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

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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Researching My Luxembourg Roots: Using Luxemburger Gazette & Luxemburger Club Records


It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to do any research on my Luxembourg roots. A little over a week ago, I was able to attend a lecture entitled “Luxembourgers in Aurora,” presented by Sara Jacoby, the executive director of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society. Since my Luxembourgers settled in Aurora, Illinois, I did not want to miss this presentation, so I made arrangements to go. And since the lecture was held in Aurora, I had to get in some research time while I was there.

My first stop was the Aurora Public Library. I haven’t been there since 2011, when they were in the old building. The new building has a special, climate-controlled room for their local history and genealogy collection. Here I was able to explore a wide variety of sources I didn’t get to look at on my last trip in 2011. I was also able to dip my toes into the Luxemburger Gazette, which they have on microfilm. This was my first experience with this newspaper, and only my second experience in German newspapers (you can read my post Checking Out Chicago’s Old German Newspapers for information and tips).

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