Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2/13 DIG Meeting Cancelled

DIG Meeting Cancelled - The Snow Wins  2/13 

Tonight's Shasta DIG meeting (February 13, 2019) was cancelled due to the snow storm and lack of power at the Family History Center.  While the roads are becoming passable, we need electricity to have a successful meeting.

The Valentine's Day / Spring DNA Sales continue!  I do not have any updated prices. 

Our March meeting will be Wednesday, the 13th.  Looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday.  MIKE Witesman  DNA Mentor  Wednesday  2/13/2019  2125 PST    

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Shasta DIG Meeting Wednesday 2/13 +DNA Sales

Shasta DIG meets next WEDNESDAY, February 13 at 6 PM.  This the day before Valentine's Day.  We will meet at the Redding Family History Center as before. 

The Valentine's Day / Spring DNA Sales have started!  MyHeritage kits are $59, AncestryDNA kits are $59 and Family Tree DNA kits are $59 also.  (Watch FTDNA for specials on bundles too).  A reduction for 23&Me Ancestry kits has not been announced.

There will not be a Heritage Faire is this year.

RootsTech 2019 starts Wednesday, February 27th.  If you are looking for special deals on DNA kits from all of the testing companies, I expect they will be selling kits for about the same cost as Cyber Monday.  Look for emails starting Thursday 2/28 if you want me to procure kits for you and respond quickly.

Our March meeting will be Wednesday, the 13th.  Looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday.  MIKE Witesman  DNA Mentor  Sunday  2/10/2019  2225 PST    

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Cyber Monday DNA Sales Have Started!!!

If you are considering purchasing DNA kits for Christmas presents (even for yourself), NOW MAY BE THE TIME!!! 

AncestryDNA is advertising ”Our lowest price ever* won’t last forever” $49 kit + shipping.  *Excludes 3rd party re-seller sites.  **Offer ends November 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Excludes taxes and shipping.  The normal shipping cost is $10 +.  If you have Amazon Prime and you order from Amazon, you may save a few cents and get the kit(s) in two days 

Family Tree DNA offers “Lowest Price = $39, Reduced Shipping, Reduced Shipping = $9.95 per kit,  and New Packaging.  This is definitely the lowest price ever.  In the past, FTDNA has offered special Christmas Season coupons for discounts on their different tests.  If those coupons arrive again¸ I will do my best to get the bargains out to you.

23andMe WAS offering “Ancestry Service Kits” for $49 per kit when you buy two + kits that ended 11/22.  They are expected to have a similar offer for Cyber Monday.,

MyHeritageDNA offered their kit for $49 for Black Friday and are expected to have a similar offer for Cyber Monday.

MIKE Witesman  Your DNA Mentor    Sunday   11/25/2018  1400 PST

Friday, August 31, 2018

Shasta DIG Meets WEDNESDAY September 12

Summer Break Is Over, and we must get back to our Genetic Genealogy!  This has been a busy summer and catastrophic for some.  Our hearts go out to so many that had their home destroyed by the Carr fire (or other fires), including some who follow Shasta DIG.  If there is anything we can do, please ask and we will do our best.    

Our meeting will start at 6:00 PM at the Redding Family History Center.  If you have a topic to discuss or need other information, send me an email.    

The DNA Kit Sales Continue!  If you need my input send an email.    

One reason for my silence this summer his that European Union Laws require the ShastaDIG Blog to give "European Union visitors" information about cookies used and data collected and may require consent be obtained.    

For those visiting this blog, the only information I collect are your name and email address.  Thereafter, I assign a name that minimally identifies you and how you joined ShastaDIG.  Your consent was given by signing a class roster, providing an email address or sending a request to join.  Your anme / email address is not shared by ShastaDIG with any other entities.

By accessing ShastaDIG Blog, you may encounter cookies as the blog is provided by Google and you should be aware of their "Cookie Policy."    

Be assured ShastaDIG Blog does not use "Internet Cookies" but does have an affinity for White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut cookies.  When encountered, those cookies will be dealt with.    

Hope you had a great and productive summer!  See you on Wednesday, september 12th.          MIKE Witesman  DNA Mentor  Friday  8/31/2018  2120 PDT    

Monday, April 23, 2018

DNA Day 2018 Sales - ACT NOW

National DNA Day is April 25 and the sales have started are in full swing, bargains galore!

AncestryDNA has announced their "Lowest price of the year!" of $59 (Excludes taxes and shipping).  If you buy three kits your shipping is free.  The sale ends 4/29

Family Tree DNA has a number of specials.  Autosomal DNA test is $49, you save $30 from the normal $79 price.   Y-DNA 37 is $30 off = $139.  Sale ends on April 28, 2018.

23andMe has their "Ancestry Kit" on sale for $69 and the "Health + Ancestry Kit" on sale for $139.

MyHeritageDNA (England) has their autosomal DNA (atDNA) for only $69.  This might be of use if you have English roots.  The sale ends 4/25.

LivingDNA (England) has their all in one test (atDNA, Y-DNA and mtDNA) for $79.99 ("+ Delivery - Limited Time discount").

If you are interested in a kit, these are some of the lowest prices available.  Do not dawdle.  If you want to test or have a family member test, this is the time for bargains.    

Our May DIG Meeting will be on May 9.  Do you have a topic to discuss?  Please get back to me with suggestions.    MIKE  Sunday  4/22/2018   2130 PDT    

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Shasta DIG Meets THURSDAY February 15

Shasta DIG Meets THURSDAY February 15    

Chris Klukkert, a SGS member, will attend and will explain using DNA to find biological parents, creating parallel / mirror trees for your matches and uncovering the secrets of the past.  See her story -    

Discussion of your NEW matches after the Christmas Sales Rush.    

The Valentine's Day Sales Are Ongoing.  Check the DNA Testers websites.    

The 2018 Heritage Faire is Saturday, February 24.    
Many great classes.  Go to for more information.    

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Are you frustrated that your "Cousins" (matches) on AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FTDNA or ??? do not have trees nor will they communicate with you?  Realize the greatest majority of the seven million who have tested have little or no interest in genealogy.  It will take time and effort to get them to help you with your quest. Try the following:
PERSIST.  Do not give up.    
Be positive and cordial when communicating.    
Provide an email address for them to communicate with you.    
Understand the "calculated relationship" may not be accurate.  Verify it yourself or get help with the calculations.    
Provide your estimations of how you are related to your cousin.  Include family names, time periods and locations.    
Continue your efforts to contact matches and encourage them to exchange info, even if they do not have a tree.  It may take several attempts so add extra morsels of information each time.    
Be as helpful as you can with adoptees looking for their biological parents.    
Remember our ancestors may not have had the time or interest in preserving the family history so those you are contacting may only have recent history (themselves, their parents and perhaps grandparents recollection).    
Do not get any more frustrated, you have no control on those "Cousins" and can only do your best to enlighten them.    
Should you do mtDNA test.  I do not see much benefit to enhance genealogical research.    
Should your children / grandchildren test?  The elders are best as their DNA is diluted with each generation.  It is better to get all of their grandparents to test.    
May this help you.  Merry Christmas    MIKE          Sunday  12/03/2017  2100 PST