Monday, July 21, 2014

Who Do You Think You ARE? -- New Season Starts on Wednesday

Get Ready! Grab your favorite snack or your laptop and favorite genealogy website,  Season Five of "Who Do You Think You Are? begins this Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 9 p.m. EDT on The Learning Channel (TLC).

Actor Cynthia Nixon is the celebrity featured in episode one. It appears she visited Missouri on her adventure.

You can see a very short preview of the Cynthia Nixon episode on the show's TLC website page. In addition, the episodes are usually available on the TLC website page sometime after they have aired. So if you don't have TLC you should be able to watch the show on your computer over the internet.

Everyone has different television delivery/provider systems. Use your television provider's schedule system to find the TLC channel number on your provider system and to learn when the show will be re-aired again. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AncestryDNA $49 Sale Has Expired Now, The Price is Back to $99

Sorry Everyone!

It appears's low-key sale of an AncestryDNA test for $49 has expired today. The price of an AncestryDNA test is back to the regular price of $99.

If you decided to go with AncestryDNA but missed the sale, just check the that website page often to see if another low-key (not well-publicized) sale occurs. Or, if you decided on one of the other companies, check their websites often for sales as well.

Hopefully, I can get the news of the next DNA sale, from any of the companies, out to sooner.

See you soon at Mt Clemens Public Library!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 AncestryDNA $49 -- Now Half-price But for How Long?

Due to some errant type mysteriously appearing on the original posting of this entry dated July 15, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. EDT,  I have redone this post a couple times and updated an older post which should hopefully eliminate the problem. Sorry for any confusion especially if you are subscribed by email to this blog. There was no other way to fix this problem.

Hey Everyone!

If you have been debating about taking an Autosomal DNA test, this just might sway you. 

At least since Friday, July 11th, has lowered the price of its autosomal AncestryDNA test from the normal $99 to just $49. That is half price!

I know you may have concerns since they just got out of the Y-DNA and mtDNA marketplace but for this price and all the family trees in one place you might want to consider it.

But it seems is not advertising this price like it does with a normal sale. Though today there was a post on's blog about reunions and DNA tests with a link to the hard to find webpage -- the only place you can access the sale price -- there was not one word about the lower price in the blog article. 

Here is a personal blog that has the details on the sale, how to find the specific webpage and a reminder of the same coupon code for free DNA shipping that we mentioned last month.

If you are signed into your account, it seems you will not see the sale price. You need to sign out prior to going to the webpage for the sale.

A couple other blog sites have mentioned a different coupon code -- socialdna -- that supposedly brought the cost down to $46.70 for the test and standard shipping.

Finally, there is no mention of how long this lower price will last. Perhaps this low-key sale is test of some kind for to assess its situation after the company's June retirement announcement.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Ancestry extends Retirement Date to September 30, 2014

To correct an mysterious text problem, I had to update this post original made on Tuesday, July1, 2014 at 1:58 p.m. EDT. Sorry for any confusion. made the following announcement about two (or now three) hours ago on its Facebook and Blog page.

UPDATE July 1, 2014: Due to recent site issues, we will be extending the period that MyFamily, MyCanvas,, Mundia, and the Y-DNA and mtDNA websites will be available. These sites will now retire on September 30, 2014. An email will be sent to all customers accordingly.

The original retirement date was September 5, 2014, but the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack and's recovery from that experience resulted in this change.

I believe most of websites owned by are now up and running.

In addition, for those affected by the Y-DNA retirement, did you that you can transfer your Y-DNA results to FamilyTree DNA?

CeCe Moore of the Your Genetic Genealogist blog, mentioned in her June 5, 2014, post a few options. She has a link to FamilyTree DNA's Y-DNA 3rd-Party Transfer options which I have included here. (The page is not found very easily on the FamilyTree DNA website.) I suggest after reading her blog post and reviewing the FamlyTree DNA transfer options, if you have questions about the transfer options at FamilyTree DNA call FamilyTree DNA's customer service and ask to speak to someone regarding which transfer option is best for you.

I have not seen anything yet if there is an mtDNA transfer option with any DNA company.

If you purchased a Y-DNA or mtDNA test from and it has not been processed (either your didn't take the sample yet OR you took it, sent it in but its processing was not finished at the time of the announcement), you can get a refund by calling the phone number found under "What if I recently mailed in my sample to be processed?"given in the LegacyDNA retirement FAQ.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Monday, July 14, 2014

The Macomb County Obituary Index was Updated Today

The Macomb County Obituary Index was updated today on the Mount Clemens Public Library website adding 7698 new (& old) records.

Volunteers make it happen -- Thanks for the hard work!

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Webinar on African-American Research this Wednesday, July 16, 2014

At 2 p.m. E.D.T. this Wednesday, July 16th, Legacy Family Tree's Legacy Webinars is hosting Angela Walton-Raji who will be presenting a webinar titled, "When Freedom Came -- Documenting the Family's Freedom Story."

The webinar description says, "Researching the history of African American families can be complicated. With families once enslaved, the task involves tracing the family back in public records, identifying the last known slave holder, and then researching the slaveholder’s history to continue to document the family. However, one major story is often overlooked. The story of how freedom came to the family is the one story untold. This webinar will illustrate methods of discovering that missing story, and how to find clues when the ancestors left no stories behind."

To view this free webinar live on Wednesday, you must pre-register. Approximately 1,000 viewers can see the webinar live. Afterwards, the webinar will be free to view for non-subscription members for usually about 7 days. The organizers are good about posting the date for the last day for viewing.

Legacy Webinars is a subscription service (pay) which gives subscription members access to the archived webinars and their corresponding handouts 24 hours/7 days a week. Those who do not pay for a subscription can view the webinars live or for a short time (usually 7 days) after the live broadcast but non-subscribers do not have access to the handouts.

Online webinars are great learning tools for genealogists. If you have African-American ancestry, this sounds like a good webinar to attend either live or during the free-view period. If you are a genealogy volunteer or thinking about becoming a genealogy volunteer, this would be a good way to learn about a topic you may not be familiar with.

See you soon at the Mount Clemens Public Library!