Daily Archives: July 19, 2018

Two Good Sites for Cell Phone Service Options

Updated October 26, 2018: made a few notes, including the switch-over from Boost Mobile to UNREAL Mobile. I use several websites to learn about the best deals for cell phone service. They aren’t the only ones, but both have proven … Continue reading

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Federal Government Mailing Out New Medicare Cards

A friend asked me to verify this was legitimate and I checked it out. The federal government is mailing out new Medicare cards that don’t include a Social Security Number (SSN). The below chart was pulled from the Medicare website … Continue reading

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Heirloom DNA Match Manager Tool July 19, 2019

Updated: Added Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) when it comes to reviews of any company or product. Don’t rely on other people’s reviews of any product or service. I tend to look at how many reviews, positive and negative, a … Continue reading

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DNA Testing Becoming Popular in Japan

I found this article about the increasing popularity of DNA testing in Japan although it appears to be more about health concerns or traits than about for genealogy purposes, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-17/home-dna-testing-starts-to-gain-ground-in-japan-s-aging-society. The market for consumer genetic tests is poised to reach … Continue reading

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LivingDNA Partnering with FindMyPast

Updated August 30, 2018: e-mail responses from LivingDNA and FindMyPast: Living DNA response: The purpose for all uploads is to be part of Family Networks Beta. Find My Past as part of the collaboration together decided to offer people the … Continue reading

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MyHeritageDNA Regular Price May Have Dropped to $69

Update: MyHeritageDNA did not drop their price permanently to $69. It was an unannounced sale or SNAFU on the ordering page. I haven’t seen official word from MyHeritage, but when I go to https://www.myheritage.com/dna, it shows Amaze yourself Uncover your … Continue reading

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Unique Funeral Home Viewing

Here is Renard’s Find-A-Grave memorial: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191265528/renard-joseph-matthews I could have added Renard’s memorial on July 9th or earlier, but thought waiting a few weeks more was appropriate, and I expected somebody would add him sooner. Unusual send-off, but interesting and nice … Continue reading

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Don’t Take a DNA Test if You Aren’t Prepared for Surprises!

I briefly covered the warning to expect surprises in this blog post,  DNA and Family Tree Research: Goodbye NPE, Hello SDS – some causes of Surname or…, but I think it needs its own post as it’s something that comes … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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