I love it when Family Tree DNA offers such great sales…it’s a great time to stock up and get those relatives to test in a cost-effective manner! Just in time for the holiday season, FTDNA has considerable savings on all of their products, with Family Finder (the autosomal test) at their lowest price ever—$59! Check out the special offers below:
Entries for the 2017 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence-in-Writing Competition are now being accepted. Submissions are due by June 15, 2017 (a discounted entry fee is offered for entries submitted by March 15, 2017).
Both ISFHWE members and non-members are allowed to enter the competition.
Here are the categories for this year:
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.
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!!
In 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!
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.
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.
Don’t forget, submissions for the Dallas Genealogical Society 2016 Writing Competition are due by March 31, 2016. You do not have to be a DGS member to enter and articles do not necessarily have to relate to the Dallas area.
Articles are to be 1,500-5,000 words in length, unpublished, and should fall into one of the following categories:
- advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
- family histories and genealogies, linked to North Texas*, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
- historical events in North Texas* with a local family connection
- ethnic, house, or military histories related to North Texas*
*see official rules for definition of North Texas
Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:
- First Place – $500
- Second Place – $300
- Third Place – $150
Winners will be announced in May.
Complete details, including rules and submission guidelines, can be found here (opens a PDF).
Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research? See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.