Sue Honoré

May 022017
 

Our DNA Competition runs until 15th June. The good news is that I have been able to upgrade the tests to Y-67 – worth over £215 each, so not only a wonderful prize, but also more accurate than a Y-37 test. You do not need to be a member of OFHS to enter.

If you are a male with strong Oxfordshire ancestry on your pure male line (father’s father’s father’s… – your surname line)  or a woman who can persuade a brother/male cousin/father to take the test, then please enter our competition.

Write a few paragraph’s on your Oxfordshire ancestry on your male line; describe why a test would be useful to you and provide all your contact details. Send to dna@ofhs.org.uk

 

Mar 272017
 

OFHS has started a new Oxfordshire surnames research project, examining surnames recorded in Oxfordshire parish registers from 1538 onwards, currently estimated at up to 20,000 key variants. The team is also using many other early recorded sources to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames.  The aim is to trace their whereabouts in different parishes over time, their origins, hotspots, DNA connections and many other facets of Oxfordshire surnames. The project will take about 2 years to complete.

The project team is appealing for help in a number of ways:

– Those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study would be welcome to contact the team with a brief description and their contact details, so that when their surname is analysed they may be able to participate in submitting content for that name. All significant contributors will be acknowledged.

– People who have been DNA tested and are not yet part of the Oxfordshire DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA are welcome to join the project at www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire. The team also welcomes help with publicity to encourage more people with good Oxfordshire ancestry to be DNA tested. As an incentive, Oxfordshire Family History Society has donated the cost of six Y-37 tests to be won in a competition. Any male (or female who could persuade a male relative to take the test) is eligible. We are looking for the six best candidates with good Oxfordshire surname history on the pure  male line (father’s father’s father…) going back before 1870 and with good personal reasons to think a DNA test will be valuable. All that is required is an email describing your known Oxfordshire male line ancestry, why you think a DNA test would be valuable and full contact details. Full Ts & Cs can be obtained on application. The closing date is the 15th June 2017. If you know of a friend, relative or neighbour who might be a good candidate, then do tell them about this competition. Please mark any emails for the competition with a title of ‘DNA Competition’.

– If you are keen to help, there are a number of pan-Oxfordshire resources the team needs help in transcribing. Please get in touch if you are able to help. Many can be done remotely without being located in Oxfordshire. If you possess electronic versions of any early documents listing Oxfordshire names (for which you have obtained the original author or publisher’s permission for use), please contact the team.

If you have any queries, please contact Sue Honore via surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

Nov 172016
 

FamilytreeDNA are having their biggest sale ever for the next week, so if you are interested in starting with DNA testing or buying a Christmas present for someone, this is a good week to start. Test prices on average are £25-30 off.

The FamilyFinder/autosomal test (for both males and females) is about £47 and Y-DNA tests are down by £30 (37 marker is £111).

See www.familytreedna.com for more details.

If you have Oxfordshire ancestry of at least 3 generations going back into the C19th before 1880 then you can get additional discounts on the male tests through our project www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire.

Any queries on Oxfordshire DNA testing please contact dna@ofhs.org.uk

 

Oct 272016
 

FamilyTree DNA are offering a DNA testing bundle for males and females to coincide with the release of the film “Assassin’s Creed”. The DNA test will allow you to look for cousins within 6 generations and understand some of your geographic origins. The warrior gene is an interesting item – open to debate – but may interest some people. There is also a competition to win a trip to Las Vegas (US internal flights only). The cost of the bundle is $(US) 89. Extracts from the press release include:

With the purchase of the special limited-time Assassin’s Creed Bundle, customers will be mailed a sample collection kit which, when processed, will provide both Family Tree DNA’s signature Family Finder test and the Warrior Gene DNA test. They will also receive a free one-month premium subscription to Findmypast’s online genealogy service. 

The Warrior Gene test determines whether a person carries the Monoamine Oxidase A (MAOA) gene variant, dubbed the “Warrior Gene,” which some researchers say may cause certain carriers to engage in more risk-taking behaviors and be able to better assess their chances of success in critical situations. 

For more details see:

https://www.familytreedna.com/assassinscreed

If you have long-standing Oxfordshire ancestry (at least back before 1880) and want to join our Oxfordshire group at the same time as buying this bundle then we would welcome you. Email dna@ofhs.org.uk for more details.

 

 

Aug 032016
 

FamilyTreeDNA have a summer sale starting 3rd August 2016, mainly focusing on bundled products (more than one test at once) but also a remarkable reduction in the autosomal (FamilyFinder) test, which is useful for finding cousins on both sides of the family back 5-6 generations and is suitable for males and females. Sales prices are:

Product Retail Pricing Sale Price Group Price
Family Finder $99 $69 $69
Y37 + Family Finder $268 $228 $218
Y67 + Family Finder $367 $327 $317
Comprehensive Genome (FF+Y67+FMS) $566 $499 $489
FMS + Family Finder $298 $258 $258

If you are a member of the Oxfordshire DNA project you get the ‘Group’ price. If you have Oxfordshire ancestry back into the C19th, have not yet been tested and have queries, please contact dna@ofhs.org.uk.

Jun 162016
 

If you are thinking of upgrading your DNA test, do try and do it this weekend (from Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June) as FTDNA are offering discounts. Examples include (previous price is left column, new price is right column):

Y25-Y37 $49 $40
Y37-Y67 $99 $79
Y37-Y111 $220 $188
Y67-Y111 $129 $109
HVR1-FMS $159 $139
HVR2 (mtDNA Plus)-FMS $139 $129

 

In addition to the discounted upgrade pricing above, there are discounts on these select testing bundles:

 

Y37 + Family Finder $268 $218
Y67 + Family Finder $367 $288
Comprehensive Genome (FF+Y67+FMS) $566 $449

 

 

Go to www.familytredna.com for more details.

Apr 222016
 

FamilyTreeDNA have announced a flash sale of DNA in order to celebrate National DNA Day (April 25th), which commemorates the day in 1953 when a paper detailing the structure of DNA was published in Nature magazine. It also recognises the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003.  

The discounts are good this time, so if you are thinking of a test, do order it this weekend.

 

Product Retail Pricing    Sale Price
Family Finder        $99      $79
mtFull Seq       $199     $149
Y37       $169     $129
Y67       $268     $199
Y111       $359     $289
BigY       $575     $460
SNP Packs       $119     $109
mtDNA plus Not on Sale
Oct 082015
 

If you have already had a Y-DNA test with FamilytreeDNA.com, are all fired up about DNA following this weekend of OFHS activities, and want the  ‘big test’ then for a few days only the Big Y test is on sale. You need to be male and have had a Y-DNA 37, 67 or 111 market test already, but here are the details.

Sign on to your account then:

Use the coupon code BIGY100 to join the thousands of customers that have already taken the deep dive into Y-DNA. 

To order Big Y, simply click on the blue “Upgrade” button on the upper right corner of your dashboard, and the Big Y will be on the upgrade choices of Y-testers.  

  This offer is valid from October 7 through October 11, 11:59 PM Central Time, USA.

The price should be about £320 after discount.

 

 

Aug 282015
 

FamilyTreeDNA is having a four-day sale on mtDNA . It will start Friday evening UK time 28th August and last through until about 6am on 1st September UK time. mtDNA will be 20% off the $199 retail, which makes it $159.20. Customers with mtDNA Plus will receive an offer for 25% off on upgrades, taking the $139 retail to only $104.25. These are the lowest prices FTDNA has had on mtDNA for a while, so if you are interest I’d buy/upgrade this weekend.

See www.familytreedna.com for the home page or www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire

if you have good Oxfordshire ancestry and are part of our Oxfordshire project. For queries about the Oxfordshire project, contact dna@ofhs.org.uk

 

Nov 262014
 

FamilyTreeDNA have a holiday sale and also for those already tested, some mystery prizes, with even more money off. The prizes may not relate to your test but you can ‘regift’ them to someone else. If you win a prize and have no particular use for it, do regift it to the Oxfordshire DNA project –  www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire We’d love it!!

Here are the sale prices with rough currency conversions:

Y-37   down from  $169   to  $129  (£83)

Y-67   down from   $268  to $199 (£127)

Y-111  down from $359   to $289 (£185)

mtDNA fullsequence down from  $199 to  $169  (£108)

FamilyFinder down from $99  to $89 (£57)

There is also a sale on any upgrades from lower to higher level tests, so do check those details out and upgrade if it has been in the back of your mind.

 

FamilyTreeDNA say: “The Mystery Reward will be a randomized discount (up to $100 off) that can be applied on top of the already reduced Holiday Sale prices. Best of all, you’ll get a new Mystery Reward every week. You can use the discounts or share them with friends! The Mystery Reward icon will appear on testers’ myFTDNA dashboard each week. Each code will expire the night before the next Mystery Reward appears. We’ll also send an email notification to the kit’s primary email address when a new code is available for use or sharing.” You need to sign on with your ID to see the rewards.

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