Jul 192017
 

Thank you to everyone who entered the DNA competition to celebrate the launch of the Oxfordshire surname project. We had 74 valid entries and a fantastic shortlist of 27, which made judging the competition a real challenge, despite having a thorough analysis template which evaluated many key factors and rated the entries scientifically.

Our congratulations go to the following six men who have won a Y-67 test in the competition: Peter Bartlett, Joe Bleay, Stan Bloxham, Roger Millin, Graham Orpwood and Chris Shayler.

As there were so many high quality entries with some fantastic Oxfordshire surnames, OFHS, Sue Honore and Richard Merry clubbed together to sponsor a discount on Y-DNA tests for 6 other men randomly drawn from the remaining shortlisted candidates. The winners of the discounts are: Andy Beesley, Warwick Cox, Kerry Drinkwater, Bill Joyner, John Tredwell and Gary Wiggins.

Our winners come from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, so the competition had clear international appeal and participation.

All competition entrants are in the process of being contacted personally.

More detailed updates on the DNA and surname projects will appear on the OFHS website www.ofhs.org.uk and in the OFHS journal over time.

We would like to encourage all those who did not win a prize or who have not considered DNA testing, especially males with a long Oxfordshire history on their surname line, to go ahead and have a DNA test. It will help the Oxfordshire research projects enormously. Further information on the Oxfordshire DNA project can be obtained from emailing dna@ofhs.org.uk

Once again, thank you to all entrants and congratulations to the winners.

 

Richard Merry & Sue Honore

Co-administrators of Oxfordshire DNA Project

& Oxfordshire Surname Project

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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