Helix DNA July 2018 Contest

Updated: afternoon of July 178 2018 with new question of the day; made the post a pinned post so people can easily find it if they are wanting to do the Daily challenges; also adding Daily winners to the bottom of the post. Will try to update the new question of the day as they show up – you can always go to the contest link and see what it is as well.   Will also try and provide a link to where you can find the correct answer to the question when possible. When I visited Helix today (July 7, 2018), I saw they are running a contest.

Le Tour Pop Quiz Challenge 2018 (the “Challenge”) starts at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on July 7, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on July 29, 2018 (the “Promotion Period”). The Challenge is sponsored by Helix OpCo, LLC, 1 Circle Star Way, Floor 2, San Carlos, CA 94070 (“Sponsor”) and is subject to all applicable U.S. federal, state and local laws, and provincial or territorial laws, and is void wherever prohibited by law.

For complete details, visit www.helix.com/tdfquiztos/

*NOTE: Daily Prizes are only available to those who play the Pop Quiz.

After answering each day’s question, I receive a code good for a 25% discount off one Helix test; appears to be an ongoing 25% discount so far as it’s been the result for every day I answer a question correctly. Looks like the code is good for 24 hours or until I answer tomorrow’s question, whichever happens first. If anybody wants a 25% code, correctly answer a question in the contest and it should give a one-time use code with the opportunity to earn another one each day the contest continues.

Questions posted so far  and I added Daily Winners posted at the bottom of this blog post as I see the names announced:

Question of the day for July 18, 2018:

How many of the this year’s 39 stage start and finish cities are first time hosts?


For a good clue, try https://www.letour.fr/en/overall-routelook for stage cities in  the link.

Question of the day for July 17, 2018:

French bank Crédit Lyonnais has sponsored the yellow race leaders jersey since what year?


For a good clue on the answer, try here: http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/tour-de-france-yellow-jersey-lcl-sponsor

Question of the day for July 16, 2018: APPARENTLY THEY DIDN’T CHANGE THE QUESTION FROM YESTERDAY!!!! See July 15 below for clue to answer if you need it.

How many times has an overall Tour winner never won a single stage?


Question of the day for July 15, 2018:

How many times has an overall Tour winner never won a single stage?


Here’s a good clue to help find the answer: https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/46990/win-tdf-without-winning-any-stages

Question of the day for July 14, 2018:

What is the length of the longest cobble section of tomorrow’s stage to Roubaix?


Normally, I would post a link and let you figure it out, but I couldn’t find one that gave the correct answer. I am sure there is one out there, but the correct answer is 2,700m, based on somebody who supplied me the answer after they guessed wrong.

Question of the day for July 13, 2018:

During the first Tour in 1903, what was worn to signify a cyclist as race leader?

Green Armband
Yellow Armband
Green Jersey
Yellow Jersey

For answer to the question, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1903_Tour_de_France#Rules_and_course (pay attention to what item of clothing – clothing being used in the loosest sense of the word – was mentioned for the leader in the link).

Question of the day for July 12, 2018:

Who is the only overall winner of the Tour to win a finish atop the Mûr de Bretagne?

Miguel Indurain
Laurent Fignon
Cadel Evans
Bradley Wiggins

Answer can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Tour_de_France – hint look for  Mûr de Bretagne

Question of the day for July 11, 2018:

What is the only other country visited during this year’s Tour?


Official route information, including the answer to this question can be found at  https://www.letour.fr/en/overall-route

Question of the day for July 10, 2018:

Who holds the record for most Tour stage wins, at 34?

Eddy Merckx
Mark Cavendish
Bernhard Hinault
André Leducq

If you use Wikipedia, try this link for a clue: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tour_de_France_records_and_statistics#Stage_wins_per_rider

Question of the day for July 9, 2018:

Whose initials can be found on the bottom of the yellow race leader’s jersey?

Jacques Anquetil
Henri Desgrange
Eddy Merckx
Maurice Garin

What year did they reduce team sizes from 10 to 9?

The shortest road stage of this year’s race is how long?



Grand Prize:

Grand Prize Package

Specialized Pro Tour Experience

This prize package might not make you as fast as a pro, but you’ll certainly feel like one! Specialized has you covered from head to toe with this Pro Tour experience that includes the new S-Works Tarmac SL6—a machine that breaks all the traditions of design to create the fastest race bike for all conditions. And to ensure the winner has just the right setup, they’ll receive a custom Retul Bike Fit, just like the pros get before the start of their racing season. Rounding out the package, the winner will receive Specialized’s top-of-the-line shoes (S-Works 7) and helmet (S-Works Evade). After that, the pedaling is up to you.

21 Daily Prizes:

Specialized S-Works Evade


Specialized S-Works Evade


Garmin Edge 520

Garmin Edge® 520


Garmin Forerunner 935

Garmin Forerunner® 935


embodyDNA by Lose It!

embodyDNA by Lose It!


Fitness Diet Pro by DNAFit

Fitness Diet Pro by DNAFit


Beat Your Genes: Nutrition and Diet Coaching by Arivale

Beat Your Genes: Nutrition and Diet Coaching by Arivale


Regional Ancestry by Insitome

Regional Ancestry by Insitome


DNAPassport by HumanCode

DNAPassport by HumanCode


I expect some of the above prizes will be offered several times during the contest. I will monitor the prize page and see if they add more prizes as the contest continues.

Daily Pop Quiz Winners: For some reason, they didn’t post some Stage answers on the next day and usually later fix the issue on the day after. (Checked July 18, 2019, but they haven’t updated the winners in a few days).


Stage Question Answer Winner
1 In what year did the Tour de France reduce the number of riders per team from 10 to 9? 1987 Brant Kotch from Houston
2 The shortest road stage of this year’s race is how long? 65km Patrick Terrell from Arlington, VA
3 Whose initials can be found on the bottom of the yellow race leader’s jersey? Henri Desgrange Elizabeth Miller from Knoxville, Tennessee
4 Who holds the record for most Tour stage wins, at 34? Eddy Merckx Paul Hansmann from Chubbuck
5 What is the only other country visited during this year’s Tour? Spain Louis Mazza from Washington
6 Who is the only overall winner of the Tour to win a finish atop the Mûr de Bretagne? Cadel Evans Mark Martinet from Duarte
7 During the first Tour in 1903, what was worn to signify a cyclist as race leader? Green Armband Lindsey Boyd from Ft Lauderdale
8 What is the length of the longest cobble section of tomorrow’s stage to Roubaix? 2,700m Guy Smith from Rainier


Congratulations to the Daily winners and once the contest is over, congratulations to the winner of the Grand Prize.




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AncestryDNA Processing Update

Another shout-out to The DNA Geek for letting us know about some changes AncestryDNA made to its processing timeline: http://thednageek.com/update-to-the-dna-processing-times-survey/. If you are waiting on test results from pretty much any major, and some not so major, DNA testing company (23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTree DNA aka FTDNA, Full Genomes aka FG or FGC, Genes 4 Good, LivingDNA, My Heritage, Geno 2.0 Next, YSEQ.net; Other), the DNA Geek has a spreadsheet that you can upload your information and see how fast other tests have processed. FYI, your processing time may be faster or slower than the average. If you tested with 23andMe, the 23andMe forums (you probably need to be logged into your 23andMe account to access this link or the July link below) has a monthly Waiting, Whining, and Wishing thread: here’s the one for July 2018: https://www.23andmeforums.com/discussion/19292/july-2018-waiting-whining-wishing-thread/p1 – they will an August one as it gets closer to August.

Here’s the breakdown of Ancestry DNA processing system (23andMe uses a similar timeline, but it had more steps when I took it back in 2013 and I have seen reports they added a few steps later); they include dates it went to each stage as it works its way through their system :

DNA kit activated
Kit received
Sample processing
DNA extracted
DNA analyzed
Results ready


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Geno 2.0 Next vs. Geno 2.0 Ethnicity Comparison

I was able to get a Geno 2.0 Next test from Helix on sale and use a coupon to make it fairly inexpensive. I talked (e-mail and chat) with National Geographic and Helix about their opinion on the differences between my earlier Geno 2.0 results (done when FamilyTree DNA aka FTDNA was still processing U.S. kits) before I ordered the test. Both companies were of the opinion there would be no differences, or at most minimal differences between the old FTDNA test and any new results from my Helix test. I added the Geno 2.0 Next results to Ignore Ethnic Results Below the Continental Level so you could see how Geno 2.0 Next compared to the various other companies I tested with.

While Helix uses

The haplogroups were the same with Geno 2.0 Next and Geno 2.0, but I wasn’t expecting any difference there.

Neanderthal for Geno 2.0 Next (Helix) 1.5%; Geno 2.0 (FTDNA) 2.5% and no Denisovan for Geno 2.0 Next.

Ethnicity differences were in my opinion, sizeable although the rearranging of several sections made it a little more interesting to try and figure out (see below for how the two tests compared in terms of ethnicity):

Geno 2.0 Next (Helix version, July 2018 and including comparison between Geno 2.0 – FTDNA with Geno 2.0 Next – Helix):

Ethnicity Results Comparison*:
Geno 2.0 Next (Helix):
Northwestern European 56%
Northeastern European 15%
Southwestern European 8%
West Mediterranean 7%
Eastern European 7%
Italy and Southern Europe 6%

Geno 2.0 (FTDNA)
Northern European 42%
Mediterranean 38%
Southwest Asian 16%
*Worth noting 2.0 Next added some ethnicity areas that weren’t listed in 2.0 results although Nat Geo was of the opinion changes should have been made to 2.0 results as improvements and changes were made.

Neanderthal/Denisovan Results Comparison:
Geno 2.0 Next (Helix)
Neanderthal 1.5%

Geno 2.0 (FTDNA)
Neanderthal 2.5%
Denisovan 3.7%

Geno 2.0 Next (Helix) vs. Geno 2.0 (FTDNA)
Haplogroup Results (the same with both companies and kits):
mtDNA C1b
Y-DNA J-YSC0000234 (specifically J1)


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23andMe 30% Discount Sale and Win Trip Around the World

Thank you to the DNA Geek for letting us know about the 30% discount on 23andMe kits and the chance to win one of 23 around the world trips based on your DNA.  You can enter the contest once a day through August 9, 2018.

Sale price with 30% discount is Ancestry only $69; regular price $99; Health and Ancestry sale price $139, regular price $199.

Ancestry Service
Original Price: $99 Sale Price: $69
Health + Ancestry Service
Original Price: $199 Sale Price: $139

I haven’t decided where I would go if I win, but I have a pretty wide area to choose from:

(23andMe, v3 chip – latest ethnicity update):
  • British & Irish 39.4%
    United Kingdom
  • French & German 22.9%
  • Scandinavian 4.3%
  • Balkan 0.4%
  • Ashkenazi Jewish 0.1%
  • Broadly Northwestern European 27.5%
  • Broadly Southern European 2.9%
  • Broadly European 1.7%
  • East Asian & Native American 0.9%
  • Native American 0.8%
  • Siberian 0.1%
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Do Siblings Have the Same DNA Article?

Here is a good article that talks about sibling DNA: https://www.genealogyexplained.com/dna-testing/do-siblings-have-same-dna/.

One of the most common misconceptions is that siblings should match ethnicity results exactly with each other. The article handles the question with some good easy to understand examples.


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Interview with Curtis Rogers of GEDmatch

I ran across this the other day – an interview between a blogger and Curtis Rogers of GEDmatch – https://www.theblunderingdnagenealogist.com/2018/07/an-interview-with-curtis-rogers-man.html.

When asked about when GEDmatch Genesis would be released (as opposed to still being in beta), here’s his response:

Any best guesstimate as to when Genesis will release?

My best guesstimate was that it will be ready by last Christmas.  After that, I gave up guesstimating.

There’s more to the interview, but you can read it on the above link.

GEDmatch and GEDmatch Genesis are great tools if you have taken almost any autosomal test of sufficient size. Be it AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA), LivingDNA, 23andMe, Genes4Good, or a few others.

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Genealogy with a Rabbit? (Seriously?)

via Genealogy with a Rabbit? (Seriously?)

I don’t run into too many leprechaun rabbits, much less knighted ones. The reference to rabbits is best summed up at http://about-gyra.blogspot.com/.

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Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery…

Hmm, the sharing didn’t include the link to the blog post I am sharing: https://carolineschroniclesblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/black-sheep-sunday-an-interesting-discovery/.

If you have a black sheep in your tree, and who doesn’t, there are several lineage societies that are designed for families with black sheep:


I can’t find the second black sheep society

There is at least one pirate and privateer society as well:


If you run across any black sheep societies that I haven’t mentioned, please let me know and I will add them to the list.

Caroline's Chronicles


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I’ve been trying to find some of the resources I’ve been missing for my 3x Great Grandparents, Mark Wood and Elizabeth Cope – one of these is the 1851 census return.

After trying some different search techniques and filtering I finally found Mark Wood living on his own, but still noted as married, in Two Gates, Warwickshire. So where were his wife and children? The couple had five children by this time so I tried searching for one of the children and found four of them living with Thomas’s brother Joseph and his wife, Harriett, in Wilnecote, Warwickshire.

I eventually found Elizabeth and her youngest child, Rebecca, in the House of Correction in Warwick – she was in prison! Rebecca, at 10 months of age, was probably deemed to be too young to be separated from her mother and so they were…

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