FTDNA, no Prime Day price, but it gives me a 37% coupon to click which brings the price from $79 down to $50 https://amzn.to/2lA3LRi
If you’re unsure which test to get, I always say that AncestryDNA is the best bet for your money. Once you get your results from them, you can transfer your DNA data to FTDNA for free. You can also transfer your results to DNA.land, Geni, Wikitree, MyHeritage, and Gedmatch for FREE. So right now you can pay $49 for the Ancestry test, then free to upload instead of paying for each place (of the ones that offer testing) individually. You cannot upload your data (from anywhere) to 23andMe, so if you also wanted to test with them it would be an additional cost. Oh and use eBates/Rakuten whenever you can to get money back for more savings. https://www.rakuten.com/r/JULIES198?eeid=28187.
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If you have already taken the AncestryDNA test, you can upload your DNA data to FTDNA (for FREE). With a test from either site, you can upload your data to Gedmatch (also for free). If you’re looking for lost family, Gedmatch is a great site to use.
Now through March 19th you can search millions of Irish records with free access and receive 10% off AncestryDNA kits at Ancestry.com.
Not sure where to start on your Irish record search? Here’s a pdf to help you get started.
Collections included in the free search are listed here.
*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from until March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry World Explorer or All Access paid membership.
Something happened with my hosting and my site was deleted. I was able to reinstall WordPress and all of my posts, but some of the photos/graphics I had inserted are gone. And the entire gallery has to be redone. You can still click the link for it in the menu to the right, but there are no pictures currently loaded.
Here is a quick reference from my grandparents to my 2nd Great-Grandparents (surnames and places of birth).
Just a quick note…
My 2nd great-grandmother who was born in London, her siblings were all born in Russia or Romania. Being in London when she was born seemed to just be some type of layover from one area to another. There is an entirely different set of Goodman’s from England, but from what I’ve found they were not of Jewish faith and my Goodman line was.
Think we could be cousins? Send me an email at jwaters[dot]ancestry[dot]search[at]gmail[dot]com or leave a comment.
Get your genealogy motors going… there are a bunch of record collections that are currently FREE on Ancestry.com. If you have not yet started working on Ancestry, you will need to sign up for an account before you can search the records. It is free to sign up, though if you wish to continue searching these collections (+ other collections, photos, and more later on) you will need to purchase a subscription).
Here’s a list of the collections available for free:
It’s really simple to find your ancestors too.
Just plug in a bit of information and there ya go!
Need help or have any questions? Leave a comment or send an email. I’m happy to help.
*Free access is open to U.S. residents only and ends 11:59pm ET on December 29th.
So you may have heard that Ancestry is planning to discontinue their Family Tree Maker (FTM for short) program. They will stop selling it at the end of this year, but it will still be usable. However at the beginning of 2017 all of the features associated with FTM will stop working.
I understand Ancestry deciding to not provide future versions of the program or even updates of the current version, but to make it stop working entirely? That means they have to change code on Ancestry.com to stop letting FTM work. They are making work for themselves to make something stop working. It just doesn’t make sense.
I’m not a huge user of FTM. Mostly because when I upgraded to FTM 2014 my tree did not properly set up and though the program says my tree is synced with the one online, it actually isn’t. Support members in the Ancestry forums could only recommend that I de-link the tree’s, download the Gedcom from Ancestry, then re-upload under a different name to the Ancestry website and link it to the FTM program. And yeah that would have worked, but my tree would be under a name I didn’t want, as well as none of the documentation, photo’s, etc coming with it and I didn’t/don’t have the money to get a year’s membership and redo everything. So I stuck with just working on my tree on Ancestry.com. Honestly I mostly worked on my tree there anyway and only used FTM when I needed to create files, like event lists, or to create family outlines, etc. If I need to do that now, I just re-upload the current Gedcom to FTM. After FTM is discontinued, I’ll have to find another program to do all that.
What’s your take on FTM being discontinued? Are you a current user? If so, what do you plan to do when it goes away in about a year? Let me know in the comments.