Death Wears Bunny Slippers YouTube Channel And Links for Old Missile Silos

I may never get to own an old missile silo, and it’s on my Bucket List as there are several in Kansas and Oklahoma that are available at this time. I am not a prepper as I believe these won’t protect too long against any of the usual prepper scenarios I have read.

I don’t remember how I ran across Death Wears Bunny Slippers (DWBS) on YouTube, but it’s the ongoing story of a man who purchased an old Titan II silo in Arkansas. If you aren’t familiar with Titan II silos, they had the top portion of the various areas removed and imploded or otherwise filled with debris. The owner has a DWBS Patreon page if you want to donate in helping him rebuild it. If you want to purchase DWBS items without doing the Patreon option, you can find hats, beanies, rebar, and T-shirts at https://www.etsy.com/shop/DWBunnySlippers (prices range from $15 – 25, depending on what you want plus shipping) .

Here’s the general location of the various Titan II silos (scroll down to Arkansas for those in Arkansas). Be aware old missile silos tend to either be owned by the government or are privately owned which means you need permission from the owner to visit the property.  Also, they can be dangerous to walk around if you do get permission to visit. Additional links can be found at http://w3.uwyo.edu/~jimkirk/titan2.html (scroll down about halfway to see the Little Rock locations).  You can find trip reports at http://ed-thelen.org/index.html#trip-reports (focus is on Nike and other missile sites, but some of them include visits to Titan II silos) or http://www.airforcebase.net/ and the reports may include photos taken of the old sites. The people providing reports on Scott and Ed’s sites had permission to visit the old sites or they photographed from public access areas.

I live in Kansas and Kansas had three (3) types of nuclear missile silos: Atlas E and Atlas F silos which weren’t imploded and Titan II (around the Wichita metro area) that were imploded. That doesn’t include Nike or other related sites, like communication bunkers, in Kansas. For good information on the Atlas silos in Kansas, you can either use http://w3.uwyo.edu/~jimkirk/atlas.html (look for Schilling Air Force Base for Atlas F; Forbes Air Force Base for Atlas E) or http://www.themilitarystandard.com/missile/atlas/silo/index.php (scroll down towards the bottom as he mixes Atlas E and Atlas F) ; this site, http://ed-thelen.org/loc-k.html#Kansas has Nike sites (one of the old Nike sites in Kansas was purchased by a school district and is now used as a middle school. In addition, there were several communications bunkers in Kansas – try http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread78182/pg1 (includes some items that weren’t silos or communications bunkers, but a good list overall) and I am not sure if it covers all of the Communications Bunkers in Kansas. Looks like there were four (4) long lines bunkers in Kansas – http://long-lines.net/places-routes/ (scroll down to Kansas) – the sites are near  Concordia, Fairview, Hoyt, and Louisburg.

In an interesting twist, one and possibly two of the Kansas missile silos are being set up as condos: http://survivalcondo.com/ You will need $1.5 – 3 million or more to buy into the project.

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FTDNA Valentine Sale And MyHeritage DNA – Low as $59 – $69

As an update to my recent post about DNA prices (I updated the earlier blog post with the new sale prices), I received an e-mail today from FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) showing a sale price of $59 (regular price $79) through Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2018) and it is still $79 on Amazon, but Amazon usually price matches if you submit a link showing it’s cheaper at FTDNA. That’s one of the best prices so far this year. It’s not down to the $49 level that companies have done in the past, but the year is still early. In addition, FTDNA has a sale on Y-DNA or mtDNA if you order it at the same time as Family Finder:

Family Finder + Y-37 $199 (regular price $248)
Family Finder + Y-67 $299 (regular price $347)
Family Finder + mtFull Sequence $229 (regular price $278)
Family Finder + Y-67 + mtFull Sequence $473 (regular price $546)

MyHeritage is on sale for $59 if you order 2 or more kits on MyHeritage’s DNA page ( $69 if you only order one test), and the price for their kits on Amazon is $65 (no minimum number of kits required to get the $65 price).

 

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DNA Sales February 8, 2017

Update: February 8, 2017 – FTDNA’s Family Finder (their autosomal test) is now on sale for $59 through February 14, 2018 and they are offering discounts if you add Y-37, Y-67, or mtDNA when ordering Family Finder. Also, MyHeritage DNA is down to $59 on their website if you order 2 or more kits (and $69 if you only want one kit) and $65 on Amazon.

Note: Always check prices before placing or completing the order since many of the sales are time limited. When possible, I included the known end dates.  The sale prices are for those ordering in the U.S.A and don’t include any shipping costs or sales tax where applicable.

In addition to checking Amazon.com for those companies that have kits available through Amazon, you may also check EBay since sometimes you can get a better deal through EBay.

Starting with National Geographic’ Geno 2.0 Next DNA, it’s on sale for $69.99/kit if you buy two or more kits at the same time (regular price $199.99). If you already have a Helix kit for an individual, you can get Geno 2.0 for $69.99 at Helix (doesn’t appear to be a 2 kit minimum on the Helix link; however, it is $30.00 more if you don’t already have a Helix kit for an individual and order through the Helix link – best to order through the National Geographic link in those cases if you are ordering 2 or more kits at a time). Did not see too many Geno 2.0 kits on EBay and those I saw were more expensive than what you can find elsewhere.

Next, 23andMe, is on sale for 20% off through February 14, 2018 with free gift wrapping. Sale price is  $79 (regular price $99) for Ancestry (ethnicity) only and $159 (regular price $199) for Ancestry (ethnicity) and Health. Same sales prices with free shipping if you order through Amazon.com. On EBay, ignore most of the Buy It Now kits that are selling for less than regular price, especially those selling for less than $60. Examine the photo closely since most of the cheaper Buy It Now kits don’t include the testing fee ($70 or $170) and appear to be kits purchased at a local chain – Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, CVS.

Ancestry DNA (Ancestry.com) is on sale for $79 (regular price $99)  – Note: this can vary between individual users as somebody reported $69, but didn’t say if it was on Ancestry’s site or Amazon. For Amazon users (Prime and non-Prime), it’s showing as $69 on Amazon right now. I checked GroupOn and it looks like AncestryDNA kits are no longer available there at the moment. On EBay, there are several auctions for AncestryDNA kits in addition to a number of Buy It Now sellers (prices start at roughly $40 and up for the Buy It Now kits; auction prices vary widely and change as more bidders get involved).

FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) is showing $79 for Family Finder (FTDNA’s autosomal test), but looks like they are treating it like regular price since it isn’t showing with a regular price of $99 which was the old regular price. It’s showing as $79.99 on Amazon, but you get free shipping so the extra 99 cents is more than offset by the saving on shipping. If you use GroupOn, it’s $65, but you do pay shipping which would put it around $78. Didn’t see any kits on EBay, but that can change rapidly.

MyHeritage DNA is on sale for $59 (regular price $99) at MyHeritage and $65 on Amazon. No word on how long the sale lasts. Slightly cheaper on EBay, but those can sell out fast.

LivingDNA is on sale for $99 (regular price $159); no matching currently, but matching is expected to start in August. Also, you can do a free transfer from most of the major DNA companies. You won’t get ethnicity or haplogroups with the free transfer. Don’t see it on Amazon. Did not see any kits for LivingDNA on EBay.

AtlasBiomed is running a sale 14% off (they offer several kits and are U.K. based; you will need to contact them before ordering from the U.S.) Promo Code LOVE (which can be found on the main page and once it’s applied, you can use the arrow keys to figure out which test you want to use it on).

Dante Labs is running a sale on its full DNA and whole exome kits. Whole Genome Sequencing (full DNA test) $652.84 (regular price $989.14) and Whole Exome Sequencing (20,000 genes) $465.48 (regular price $700.11) . It is a spit kit (or saliva collection kit if you prefer). For Whole Genome Sequencing (full DNA although some companies use WGS for what is really Whole Exome Sequencing or WES), you get the following file formats for your full DNA:

  • Receive raw data in gVCF, BAM and FASTQ formats

Helix up to 50% off select products according to its main page, but it doesn’t make it clear which select products the discount applies to. If you are so inclined, you can look at my list from an earlier blog post https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/helix-dna-test-offerings-and-why-you-shouldnt-buy-most-of-them/ and compare prices between it and the current price for a specific test on Helix. In the case of Geno 2.0 Next, it is regularly priced at about twice the price listed on Helix right now. Some of the kits are available on Amazon, but you are also paying for a Helix kit as part of the purchase price so if you have previously ordered a Helix kit, you may be better off using the Helix website. EBay prices vary widely and cover any number of the various tests offered by Helix so you are probably better off ignoring Helix on EBay unless you know which test you are getting and it’s cheaper than other places.

 

 

 

 

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Fake Headstones on Find-A-Grave

For various reasons, people are creating fake headstones to add to Find-A-Grave. It could be for an unmarked grave or to be able to add their own memorial to the site. In the second case, you are only allowed to add your own memorial if you have a headstone already in a cemetery with the exception of those who are going to be buried in a V.A. cemetery since the V.A. won’t place pre-need headstones. If you see a headstone that looks a lot like the one in this photo, it’s was created on a website and is not a real headstone. The key difference will be the name, dates, and epitaph should be different. I created the below headstone on a website http://www.tombstonebuilder.com/index.php – adding a fake headstone is a great way to get banned from Find-A-Grave so please don’t do it. Plus, you give the family, friends, and others a false sense of a headstone actually being there. I have a number of ancestors who don’t have a headstone. Either it is buried, is no longer readable, or was never ordered.

Fake Headstone

My purpose for including the website URL isn’t too encourage people to create fake headstones or fake memorials. No doubt some will see this as an opportunity to create fakes on Find-A-Grave, but we already have plenty of fake memorials on the site because people either drop a Burial Unknown (BU – specifically one where the burial location is not known or is disguised as a cremated, remains given to a family member or friend; also known as a “plop” if a person just plops them in a cemetery which may or may not be the actual burial location). For cremated, it doesn’t really matter if a person’s cremains really were given to a family member of friend since that is not a permanent location of the ashes. At best, it’s the temporary resting place of the ashes. If you have a loved one’s cremains in your possession, have you decided what’s going to happen to them when you die? I hope you don’t expect your loved ones to pass them on to another family member as there is no guarantee what will happen to them once you are gone. Better to find a cemetery that will let you deposit them in it or at least add a cenotaph memorial headstone somewhere.

Along the same lines, please don’t rely only on obituaries, cemetery records, or death certificates to add memorials on Find-A-Grave unless you verify the person is actually buried (interred, entombed, inurned, ashes scattered, etc.) there and the last name matches the headstone. It’s a pain in the neck to spend time verifying Jane Doe is buried in the Happy Valley Cemetery and spending time to find the information only to get a nasty note from somebody who added Jane Johnson using an obituary, death certificate, or cemetery record that has a different last name. The different last name can be a previous married name, the maiden name, a hyphenated name (could be maiden-married or in some cases, two married surnames or a couple of other reasons). Personally, I would love to see a LNAD (Last Name at Death) field on Find-A-Grave and other graving sites. WikiTree has this option when you add a name to it. It also a field for preferred name. In my mother’s case, she went by her middle name most of her life, but Find-A-Grave’s FAQs and the site no longer allow nicknames that are the same as first or middle name – https://www.findagrave.com/list-faqs?faqkeyword=nickname

Nickname
A familiar name of the deceased, if known; the nickname is automatically placed in quotes. A nickname is different from the real name (first or middle).

You may see some of the older memorials where a first or middle name is used as a nickname, but that was before the latest upgrade prevented you from creating or modifying a memorial.

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MyHeritage Makes Contacting DNA Matches Free

As reported on MyHeritage’s blog, https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/01/contacting-dna-matches-is-now-free/, if you use the DNA match option to send the message.It doesn’t apply to contacting users through other means if you don’t have a paid subscription.

Please note that contacting DNA Matches has been made free, but contacting users through some other contexts (e.g., Smart Matches) still requires a subscription.

This is a great example of a company that listens to its non-paying customers and responds positively.

Also, if you have tested your DNA elsewhere (FTDNA, Ancestry, etc.), you may be able to transfer your results for free to MyHeritage. I believe 23andMe (v5 chip) is the only major company you can’t transfer results from currently and that will probably be resolved shortly. There are over 1 million people who have DNA tested with MyHeritage or transferred their results to MyHeritage (about 20%  were transfers and 80% were actually tested). It’s worth the free transfer as some people have only tested with MyHeritage and won’t upload to GEDmatch so the only way you will match those people is by either transferring your results or testing at MyHeritage.

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Nat Geo Geno 2.0 vs. Insitome Regional Ancestry Results

If you aren’t familiar with National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 Next (DNA test  performed by Helix for U.S. customers and FamilyTree DNA/FTDNA for non-U.S. customers; for U.S. customers, check both links to see which has the cheaper price; as of January 31, 2018, National Geographic was offering kits on sale for $69.99 if you buy two or more at the same time compared to Helix’s price which is $69.99 + $30.00 extra if you need to order a Helix kit and that’s per individual who needs a kit) or Insitome’s Regional Ancestry tests ($19.99 + $80.00 for the Helix kit if the individual hasn’t tested with Helix previously), the above links give a brief overview of each test. Here’s a comparison done by Insitome: https://blog.insito.me/what-is-the-difference-between-genographic-and-insitomes-regional-ancestry-d229efabaab2 (has a video in the link). I haven’t done the Geno 2.0 Next test, but have done the older Geno 2.0 test that was ran by FTDNA. I recently had Helix run my DNA for Insitome’s Regional Ancestry.

Geno 2.0 (FTDNA):

Geno 20 Update

Regions:
Northern European 42% (blue circle)
Mediterranean 38% (yellowish circle)
Southwest Asian 16% (red circle)

First Reference Population: German
Second Reference Population: Tuscan (Italy)

mtDNA haplogroup C1b (mtDNA and Y-DNA haplogroups not provided by Insitome Regional Ancestry)
Your maternal haplogroup is shared by 0.2% of all participants in the project
Y-DNA haplogroup J1-YSC0000234
Your paternal haplogroup is shared by 0.3% of all participants in the project

Neanderthal 2.5% (requires a separate test at Insitome for $29.99 + $80.00 if you need a Helix kit)
Denisovan 3.7%

Here’s my Insitome Regional Ancestry results:

Europe 100%
Western European 60%
East European 23%
Basque 16%
Finnish 1%
Ashkenazi 0%
North Mediterranean 0%
Sardinian 0%

If I wind up testing with Geno 2.0 Next, I will update this post with those results.

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What Prevents DNA Circles Formation on Ancestry

Here’s a good basic primer on how to improve your odds of a DNA Circle forming on Ancestry – https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/How-DNA-Circles-are-created-1460089695851. However, I didn’t see clear-cut limitations on some things that have been reported as preventing formation of a DNA Circle. Also, you need to have a paid subscription to Ancestry to actually get to view the DNA Circles. I don’t have a paid account, but I do have a number of DNA Circles. In most cases, I know about where the common ancestor is likely to be in these Circles so not having paid access to view the Circle doesn’t hurt me as much as it would if I didn’t have enough information. As an alternative, you can get tree only access by contacting Ancestry since they don’t usually show the tree only access as an option when you go to subscribe.

For starters, your AncestryDNA needs to be attached to a public tree on Ancestry. If it’s not attached to a tree or not attached to a public tree, you aren’t going to get any DNA Circles. Note: many people who have public trees haven’t seen a DNA Circle in the several years their results have been on Ancestry.

Next, you need three (3) people that meet the public tree requirement, but they also must be at least second cousin or more distant in relationship. It’s important to understand that closer relationships than second cousin  won’t count towards the three (3) person minimum to form a DNA Circle. They may show up in a DNA Circle provided you have enough other people showing up that are second cousin or more distant. As an example, you have three second cousins who are siblings and have tested with Ancestry and are attached to public tree(s). If these are your only close matches who have the same common ancestor that is in your tree, you won’t have a DNA Circle since the second cousins only count as one family unit towards the three person limit and you would only make the second family unit.

According to numerous reports, you need to have pretty much the same information on the estimated common ancestor on your tree as the others have on their trees. The smallest deviation can often prevent a Circle from forming.

A huge thing to watch out for is when somebody attaches the DNA to the wrong person. This is usually done to try and determine where the match is. Frequently called a Mirror Tree and here’s a good description of Mirror Trees – https://dna-explained.com/2017/07/29/concepts-mirror-trees/. Another problem with Mirror Trees is how long it can take Ancestry to reset its system after you move somebody’s DNA from Person A to Person B. Numerous people have reported it can take up to two (2) months before Ancestry’s servers catch up with your Mirror Tree DNA switch.

Here’s a good example by Kitty Cooper on the topic of DNA Circles – http://blog.kittycooper.com/2017/03/the-power-of-ancestry-dna-circles/. Another good example of a case where a person doesn’t have Circles: https://genealogyadventures.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/ancestrydna-so-what-does-it-take-to-get-a-dna-circle/. This article is a bit older, but still relevant https://dna-explained.com/2015/04/09/dissecting-ancestrydna-circles-and-new-ancestors/ and it makes a good point about the Circles not being proof. This last point is a key factor. Even if you and I have the same common ancestor, there is no guarantee that is where the DNA connection lies if it’s only somewhat far back. It could be a sibling of the ancestor, an aunt or uncle, or a grandparent’s sibling, etc. Short of actually testing the individuals and their descendants, you won’t know with certainty in most cases.

 

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