My Family’s First Round of Y-DNA Testing is Back

This summer is definitely sizzling hot for me as I make some substantial breaks in my research about my maternal great-grandfather Lewis Chappel, and getting my family’s first round of Y-DNA testing back too!

I took advantage of the special FamilyTreeDNA was offering for Y-DNA 12 testing in April. My oldest brother (Elgin Taylor) agreed to test and the results are back. His results could not have come back at a better time, for FamilyTreeDNA has a great sizzling summer sale going on right now on their genetic genealogy tests through July 26. This test he took in April was just the start and the basic information that came back (the origin of ancestry for my male lineage is Nigeria) has definitely peaked our family’s interest to know more. So I’m in the process of ordering an additional test while this great sale is going on.

So if you’ve been thinking about genetic testing to answer your genealogy questions (or just to determine the origins of your ancestry), then I share the summer sale newsletter I received from FamilyTreeDNA with you below!

Dear Valued Customer,

Summer is once again upon us and it is time for our Sizzling Summer event! Our successful summers over the last two years have led us to offer you great values again this year.

We have been working with Illumina to offer our Family Finder autosomal test for only $99 during our summer event. In fact, if we receive enough orders at $99, Illumina may be able to help us keep it at this extremely low of rate of $99!

As you take advantage of our summer event, remember that the permanency of the $99 Family Finder test is actually in your hands!

Beginning on Thursday, June 27, 2013 and running until Friday, July 26, 2013, we will offer the following:

Family Finder
was $289; Now $99

mtDNA Full Sequence
as $289; Now $189

was $169; Now $129

was $268; Now $208

was $359; Now $308

Family Finder + Y-DNA37
was $368; Now $228

Family Finder + Y-DNA67
was $467; Now $307

Family Finder + mtDNAFullSequence
was $398; Now $288

Comprehensive Genome (Y-DNA67, FMS & FF)
was $666; Now $496



National DNA Day 2013!

National DNA Day 2013 is finally here and students, teachers, and the public world-wide will spend time learning more about genetics and genomics! This celebration commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and marks one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time — DNA’s double helix. In celebration of this monumental event, FamilyTreeDNA is offering an AWESOME deal on one of the their popular male DNA tests — the Y-DNA 12 test for just $49 (click the banner for more information below)!

Click banner above to learn more and to order your Y-DNA 12 test today!

Other Family Tree DNA deals for you to also consider:

Full MtDNA Sequence (FMS)…. $189; Upgrades to FMS….$129
Y-DNA37 (new and add-on)…. $119
Y-DNA67 (new and add-on)…. $199
Y-DNA37 + Full MtDNA Sequence…. $308
Y-DNA12 + FF…. $218
Y-DNA37 + FF…. $288
Y-DNA67 + FF…. $368
Family Finder…. $169
Family Finder + Full MtDNA Sequence…. $358
SuperDNA….$388 (Y-67 + FMS)
Comprehensive DNA…. $557 (Y-67 + FMS + FF) 

The sale began last night April 18th, at 6PM CDT and will end at 11:59PM CDT on Monday April 22nd. All orders must be placed and paid for by the end of the sale to receive the promotional price. There will be no need for a coupon – all prices will be automatically adjusted on the website.  To get started, click here to order!

Video: “Genealogy Today” on HOUSTON 8

When I’m not watching, NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” or PBS’s “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., I enjoy watching the local show Houston 8 that airs on Fridays at 8 PM. The May 4th show titled – Genealogy Today – will feature Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO, Family Tree DNA, George Allen, Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Houston, and Susan Kaufman, Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library.

So check out the show; enjoy!

On Houston 8  — RE-BUILDING OUR PAST — Genealogy Today

Now more than ever, we as a community are interested, and often fascinated, with our own past — who are we, where we come from, and finding our personal history. Books, documentaries and even shows like PBS’ “Finding Our Roots”, are capturing our attention. And now we can find these answers more easily than at any other time in our history — through the use of dedicated libraries, the internet and even with the use of science and DNA testing. This week on Houston 8, a look at how we can trace our family histories.

Broadcast date, May 4, 2012

It’s National DNA Day 2012!

DNA Day 2012

Well if you haven’t heard, it’s National DNA Day — a day for students, teachers, and the public (attention genealogists) to learn more about genetics and genomics!

This day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA’s double helix. In celebration of this event, FamilyTreeDNA is offering a sale on their DNA test products. Nearly every test they offer will be on sale for three days and this includes upgrades to DNA tests that were not during last year’s sale! The sale begins on Thursday April 19, 2012 and will conclude at 11:59PM on Saturday April 21, 2012. There will be no need for a coupon – all prices will be automatically adjusted at the website.

Remember, all orders must be in and paid for by 11:59PM on Saturday April 21, 2012 to receive this offer! For more information about this special FamilyTreeDNA Sale and to order your Family Tree DNA Kit, visit