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 - https://sbgen.org/upload/files/allowIndex/AncestorsWest/AWVol42N3.2017.pdf.    

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 reddingfamilyhistorycenter.org for more information.    

Sunday, December 3, 2017

DEALING WITH "COUSINS" WHO DO NOT POST A TREE



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:
MIKE's RECOMMENDATIONS:    
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    

Monday, November 27, 2017



Cyber Monday DNA Sales       -

If you thought the Christmas DNA sales were great, look quickly at the Cyber Monday (and some carryover from Good Friday) specials 

AncestryDNA has is $59 ($40 reduction).  The sale ends today!  I expect you will also pay the normal shipping cost of $9.95.

Family Tree DNA has "Family Finder" for $49 ENDING TODAY!  Y-DNA 37 continues at $129 and more.

If you are planning to order a Y-DNA test, I have $20 off coupons (good until 11/19/2017) that may get you an even better deal.  Email me soon to get the Promo Code for the discount.

23andMe has a Cyber Monday offer or $30 off per Ancestry kit = $69 and $100 off per kit if you buy two Ancestry and Health kits.  ENDS TONIGHT!

MyHeritageDNA (England) has their Autosomal DNA (atDNA) for $50 off = $49.  Offer ends 11/27/2017. 

LivingDNA (England) has their all in one test (atDNA, Y-DNA and mtDNA) at $70 off = $89 + delivery.  This might be of use if you have English roots. 

Questions ???  Send me an email or call.  I expect the sales will continue through December.  I (and others) will have FTDNA discount coupons each week.  Go to dnashastadig.blogspot,com for updates.  MIKE  Monday  11/27/2017   1430 PST    

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Beginning....Our ShastaDIG Blog


The Shasta DNA Interest Group (ShastaDIG) provides an open forum for those interested in genetic genealogy, a desire to understand their DNA testing results or want to determine if DNA testing may help them.    

We do not have a membership requirement, just an interest in DNA issues.    

We meet once a month January – May and September – November on the second Wednesday at 6 PM.  We meet in the Redding Family History Center at the LDS Church, 3410 Churn Creek Road (across from Enterprise High School)  
 Questions ?? email shastadig@gmail.com