12 August 2017

McCarthy DNA Success

The following story was buried in a pile of papers, so I do not believe I have previously posted it. This helps prove that a genealogist never throws out anything!  Forgive me for this lengthy delay, Rita....

The Search for my McCarthy Line by Rita P.:  DNA the Winner!

I will try to keep my story short, but I do want people to understand that my first impulse was not to do DNA.  I have been researching for 30 years and had not succeeded with this line by regular means that genealogists use.  I even visited Ireland and spent most of three days researching church and civil records in Dublin.  I found my Burke line, but not even a lead on my McCarthy's.

As family legend had it, four McCarthy boys left southern Cork between the early 1880's and early 1890's.  Each boy came individually and helped the next make the trip.  Two came before their 18th birthdays so naturalization records were of no help.  They left their unhappy memories behind and left little for the proceeding generations to find.

After returning from Ireland I was very discouraged, but I did attend a workshop in Eugene where Emily Aulicino spoke about DNA.  It took me about a year to ask one of my brothers if he would do the Y-chromosome test for me, and much to my delight, he was willing.

We did a 25 marker test, and when I got the results I listed the results through the Family Tree DNA site with the McCarthy surname project.  I found a couple of close matches, but no one with 25 identical markers.

I watched and waited, hoping more people would take the test and someone would match up perfectly, but truly, I figured this was going to be something for later generations.

Then one day out of the blue came an e-mail from a gentleman living in England, Nigel McCarthy.  He was one marker off, but he thought it might be worth a try to see if we could connect our family lines.  Our McCarthy's were from the same general area so off he went on the hunt for my relatives with me supplying him with the little information I had.

Nigel has been able to find the birth records of my grandfather as well as his three brothers and a sister we did not know about.  He as found the death certificates for my great grandfather and his two wives.  One was the Mother of those four boys and the other his second wife and their family.  I now know that my ancestors came from Bealad, County Cork, Ireland.  I passed within several miles of this area on my trip.  I would now love to return to Ireland and visit this village.

Through both civil and church records, he has also determined the name of my great, great grandfather.  After many hours on his part in the London Family History Center and a trip to Dublin to look at records, he continues the hunt.  I have received 54 e-mails from him with many attachments and more information than I can handle some days.  I now continue to add information about my McCarthy family to my database with great joy.

I believe this is  not the end of the story, but only the beginning.

We have now decided to try the 37 marker test and adding a distant cousin of Nigel's to the mix.  This is to try to determine where the one marker changed, or if we are further apart than we first thought.

No matter what happens I now have a person that will continue to help me with my McCarthy genealogy and be a lifelong friend.



Thank you Rita for your story.
Emily



06 August 2017

GedTree.com - SALE!


Well, this is a hot summer for sales!  Now GedTree has a sale on their posters to celebrate the launch of this new company!

From now until August 13th their genealogy pedigree posters are 25% off.  Sale ends midnight Eastern Time.  They've added a new template (see the first one below) and others will be added soon.

You have a choice of  6, 7, and 8 generation fan charts with color, and one in black and white. Each chart is 36 inches x 24 inches, on sale for  $74, and suitable for framing. The years of birth and death with the exception of the 8th row, due to the lack of room, are included.

All you need to do is upload your gedcom, choose a template, determine the title and subtitle for your chart, and, of course, pay for your selection.

The company keeps your gedcom only until the chart is delivered.

These charts make wonderful gifts for the relatives and are handy to have for a quick reference for you!






And then there is the X-chromosome chart using Blaine Bettinger's layout for X inheritance.  This one is for females, and there is another males.


Don't miss out!  Although I cannot speak for the company, usually we see the best sales during a launch.

Enjoy,
Emily



01 August 2017

Family Tree DNA's Sizzlin" Summer Sale is ON!

Just in time for the Dog Days of Summer, Family Tree DNA has it's summer sale which starts today (Aug 1st) and runs through August 31st.  These prices are SIZZLIN' HOT! However, this year’s “Sizzlin’ Summer Sale” is called “Friends & Family Sale”
Therefore, invite everyone to join in the fun.

NEW TESTS AND ADD ONS
Family Finder          $69
Y-37                        $139
Y-37 + FF                $198
FMS                        $159
FMS + FF                $218
Y-67 + FMS + FF   $430

To clarify:
FMS means Full Mitochondrial Sequence

UPGRADES
mt/mtPlus to FMS  $199
Big Y                      $395 (The best price I've every seen!)
Y-12 to 37                $69
Y-25 to 37                $35
Y-37 to 67                $79
Y-37 to 111             $168
Y-67 to 111               $99

To clarify:
Mt/mtPlus are the portions of the mitochondrial DNA
For the Big Y, you must already have a Y-37 test or higher
Y12-37 means you have a Y 12 and wish to upgrade to a Y37

As we are all cousins, it would be wonderful to discover our connection!

Enjoy,
Emily

26 July 2017

Jamboree Webinar



FREE Webinar from SCGS:  August 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PDT
Using atDNA to Verify and Expand Genealogy by Emily Aulicino

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4213374016538628356

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Understand how autosomal DNA and the X-chromosome results verify and expands your lineage by proving or disproving family lore, break adoption walls, and explore how this test can determine what DNA segments came from which ancestors.  Celebrate the success stories of others and create your own.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Emily speaks on genetic genealogy & writing family stories nationally and internationally; was interviewed for TV, newspapers, and blogtalk radio; writes two blogs, and wrote a genetic genealogy book.

HANDOUT
A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.


ABOUT THE SCGS
JAMBOREE EXTENSION SERIES WEBINARS
A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

COST
The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge.

Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html.

UPCOMING WEBINARS
The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html.

JOIN SCGS TODAY
Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/about/benefit-memb.html.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



25 July 2017

And...what is Emily excited about now? GedTree.com


For anyone who has taken an autosomal DNA test at any company or who just has a pedigree chart of any sort, you must check into GedTree.com.  

A genetic genealogist friend, Blaine Bettinger who created the wonderful fan charts for the X-chromosome that GedTree uses posted a blurb on Facebook where I immediately requested my chart to be printed.  



Female X-chromosome Fan chart, courtesy of Blaine Bettinger



Male X-chromosome Fan chart, courtesy of Blaine Bettinger

The company provides many charts for genealogists that you can purchase, and there are two FREE ones which include highlighted portions for the X chromosome lineage, one for females and one for males.  However, there are many other wonderful charts you can purchase which would make great gifts for members of your family.

I had problems with ordering and printing my chart last night as my gedcom is too large (90,000 plus people).  Jon from the company emailed me after I contacted the company last night, and by this morning, the problem fixed on their end.  I now have a beautiful chart, printed with birth and death dates for eight generations and the highlighted lineage for my X from my mom and dad as found in Blaine Betinger’s chart.  It's a very nice fan chart, and I can determine the title.  I've never had a company reply to my request for help so quickly, and solve the problem.

BTW, they do not keep credit card info and only keep your gedcom on their secure server until they know your product has arrived.  Then it is dumped.


Check it out!  Gedtree.com

Enjoy,
Emily

07 June 2017

Family Tree DNA Father's Day Sale

Family Tree DNA Tests on Sale for Father's Day with 20% and higher savings!

The sale starts today, June 6th and ends at midnight June 18, Central Time.

Family Finder is only $69 (Reg. $89)
Y-37 is $139 (Reg. $169)

For the same test taker you can bundle these two together for only $199. (Reg. $258)

If you are attending Southern California's Genealogy Society's Jamboree in Burbank this week, Family Tree DNA's booth is in front of the expedition hall at booths 401-402.  AND...don't forget to attend some wonderful presentations:

Janine Cloud, Groups Project Manager, will speak about privacy concerns on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Michael Sager, Y-DNA Haplogroup Specialist will speak on the past, present and future of the Y-DNA haplotree.

Jim Brewster, Groups Project Assistant Manager will speak Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on Understanding DNA for Genealogy and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on The ABCs of Y DNA.


SO, check out the Family Tree DNA website to order!





20 April 2017

Living DNA - Launches Project in Germany


Living DNA

Living DNA has launched a project to determine identifying patters of DNA within Germany and surrounding regions.  They have partnered with Germany’s largest genealogical society, Verein für Computergenealogie e.V. (CompGen) which has 3,700 members.  Living DNA, a European based company is seeking individuals with four grandparents all born within 80 kilometers (50 miles) of each other.

Comments from the two companies:
David Nicholson of Living DNA:
“It’s a great honour to work with CompGen on this project, they have a vast understanding of the complex population structures of Germany and surrounding regions and we are all excited to see the results of the project”.

Dr. Tobias Kemper, genetic genealogist working for CompGen, says:
“We are thrilled to be working on this project which will show how the history of middle Europe – from the Roman Empire through the middle ages and the early modern period – until now has left traces within German DNA and their regional distribution.

The press release further states:
               The project’s aim is to map the genetic structure of contemporary Germany and surrounding
eastern regions (Silesia, Posen, Pomerania, East and West Prussia), which have been part of
Germany prior to WWI, with a special focus on the former eastern provinces (now part of Poland and Russia).

Those who qualify with the location of their grandparents would receive the test for only €89 + return postage (RRP €159), which includes lifetime membership to Living DNA.

Those who quality, but have already had their DNA tested with another company can transfer free of charge and have a complimentary lifetime membership to Living DNA.


So, let’s get to testing!

Best wishes,

Emily