Remembering D-Day June 6, 1944

Today in history, we remember D-Day, June 6, 1944, the opening salvo of Operation Overlord launched by the Western Allies to invade northern France with the ultimate goal of overthrowing Hitler and the Nazis.  Five beaches – Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword, and Utah, were the invasion points for the amphibious forces with additional airborne units landing behind the beaches with the goal to disrupt reinforcements and capture various objectives.

Casualty estimates were over 10,000 Allied, including 4,414 confirmed dead and between 4,000 – 9,000 Axis casualties.




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FamilyTree DNA Father’s Day Sale

FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) announced its second sale, runs through June 18, 2017. This is addition to its other sale that runs through June 24 or 28, 2017.

FamilyFinder sale price of $69 (regular price $89)
FamilyFinder + Y-37 sale price of $199 (regular price $258)
FamilyFinder + Y-67 sale price of $337 (regular price $357)
FamilyFinder + mtFull Sequence sale price of $268 (regular price $288)
Y-37 sale price of $139 (regular price $169)

FTDNA’s other DNA sale, ends June 24 or 28, 2017 from what others have reported.

1) RAMY2017111 – $60 off Y-111
2) RAMBigY2017 – $150 off Big Y

One person reported a problem ordering the Big Y, but others have been able to without a problem. You can always call in an order to FTDNA or try a different browser to order. You probably need a Y-37 or higher test to order it. At least it used to require a Y-37 and it sounds like you need at least some level of Y-DNA testing to order it.



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DNA.Land Reaches 50K Genomes Uploaded

Yesterday (June 4, 2017), DNA.Land reported 50,000 genomes have been uploaded. They don’t offer DNA tests, but they accept free autosomal transfers from Ancestry, FTDNA and 23andMe. They offer limited matching capability and provide ethnic results.

DNA.Land has been around for a while with several bloggers posting about the company in October 2015.


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Current DNA Sales June 2017

A number of DNA sales going on for early to mid-June 2017.

23andMe – $20 off the genealogy only kit (regular price $99) or $20 off the genealogy + Health kit (regular price $199). Free shipping if you order using Amazon Prime or opt for the slow free shipping if you don’t have Prime. Limit 2 kits.  Sale ends June 18th. or order using your account for the free shipping. Don’t believe the discount applies to kits purchased through Target or CVS stores or online through CVS or Target’s websites.

AncestryDNA 20% off (regular price is $99). Free shipping if you use Amazon and have Prime or opt for the slow free shipping if you don’t have Prime. Sale runs through June 18th (Father’s Day in the U.S.). or order using your account for the free shipping. Update: Ancestry’s Canada (save 20 CAD) and U.K. (save 10 GBP) DNA kits also on sale through June 18th.

FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) has one sale going on through late June (24th or 28th, depending on which person you see posting the end date) with a second sale for Father’s Day. In addition, you can use GroupOn and get a regular FamilyFinder test for $56 (regular price is $89).

The first sale is a discount on Y-111 and Big Y tests. Use the appropriate RAMY code below for the test you want to order.

1) RAMY2017111 – $60 off Y-111
2) RAMBigY2017 – $150 off Big Y (may have to contact FTDNA to get the Big Y sale price to work according to one person who tried to order it using the promo code)

Second sale is now active through June 18, 2017

FamilyFinder sale price of $69 (regular price $89)
FamilyFinder + Y-37 sale price of $199 (regular price $258)
FamilyFinder + Y-67 sale price of $337 (regular price $357)
FamilyFinder + mtFull Sequence sale price of $268 (regular price $288)
Y-37 sale price of $139 (regular price $169)

GPSOrigins – not relevant for genealogy purposes, but they are having a sale. Promo Code DEAL saves $10 off the regular price of $199 for the test and report and Promo Code DEAL saves $5 off the regular $79 price if you are doing  a transfer from another company.

Helix/National Geographic Geno 2.0 Next – Sale price $149.95 (regular price $199.95) – no word on when the sale will end, but it’s been going on for a while.  Try or If ordering within the U.S., it’s a spit kit processed by Helix. If ordering outside the U.S., it should be a cheek swab processed by FTDNA.

Living DNA sale price $119 (regular price $159) – not seeing a end date for the sale price so double check before you order.

MyHeritage DNA sale price $69 (regular price $99) through June 19, 2017. For now, they were still offering free transfers if you tested at Ancestry, FTDNA, or 23andMe.  There is no word on how long the free autosomal transfer offer will continue or if the price will go back to $79 or $99 once the $69 sale is over. It is one of the newest DNA testing companies, but uses FTDNA to process the kits. It was previously offering kits through 23andMe and FTDNA before branching out on its own.

You should always double check prices before you complete the order to make sure the sale is still going on and what the shipping cost will be.  The above sales are for the U.S. versions of the test and each company makes its own determination on if, and how, they will offer discounts to non-U.S. testers.

Latest update added the $69 MyHeritage DNA sale as well as Ancestry DNA Canada and U.K. sale prices, and second FTDNA sale and second possible end date for their first sale as different people have reported two end dates for the first sale (June 24 vs. June 28, 2017). Last updated June 12, 2017 3:09 PM U.S. Central Time.

Disclaimer: None of the above links are affiliate links. They are direct links to each company’s website.



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Latest Mother’s Day 2017 DNA Sales Information

As of a few minutes ago, the following DNA companies are offering DNA Sales. Check with the company before ordering a test from them to make sure the sale is still going on. Some of the sales end on May 14th or May 15th, depending on the company.

23andMe – $20 off ($79 for Genealogy only or $179 for Genealogy + Health, regular prices $99 or $199). If you order through, you get free shipping and that applies if you have Amazon Prime or not with the main difference being Prime tends to arrive much faster due to free 2-day shipping as opposed to the 5 – 8 business days for non-Prime orders that meet the rules for free Standard shipping.

AncestryDNA – none, regular price of $99, but they are offering a Mother’s Day 25% discount for Ancestry subscriptions. So far, Ancestry is the only major DNA player that hasn’t offered a Mother’s Day DNA Sale this year.

FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) – $69 sale price (regular price of $79) for FamilyFinder (FTDNA’s autosomal test) Offer runs through May 14, 2017. Unlike some past years, mtDNA does not appear to be on sale this year.

GPS Origins – $50 off promo code MOM17 which brings the price down to $149 instead of $199 – I didn’t order a test, but did a trial run and had to mess with MOM17 to get the discount to apply.

Helix (they run National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 Next DNA tests for U. S. residents with FTDNA handling non-U.S. orders) – if you received the e-mail, there is a $80 off ($119.95 instead of the regular price of $199.95. If you didn’t receive the e-mail, it is still showing the $149.95 sale price. See National Geographic for the links for the $149.95 sale price.

LivingDNA – $139 sale price (regular price of $159)

MyHeritage DNA – $69 sale price (regular price $99, but has been on sale for $79 for a while and you can do a free transfer from AncestryDNA, FTDNA, 23andMe if you upload your raw data to MyHeritage)

National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 Next DNA (see Helix above) – I received an e-mail for $80 off ($119.95, regular price $199.95, but showing as $149.95 on their ordering pages if I don’t use the e-mail link) the test, but it appears you need to use the link in the e-mail to receive the discount since both Helix and National Geographic’s ordering pages ( and only show the $149.95 sale price.





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MyHeritage DNA On Sale for $69 Until May 15, 2017

MyHeritage DNA is on sale for $69 until May 15, 2017 as a Mother’s Day special Regular price is $99, but it has been on sale for $79 for a while. Hopefully, it will revert back to the $79 sale price after the Mother’s Day sale ends.

For some reason, this blog post didn’t post when I hit publish so it’s coming out a bit later than I anticipated. Most likely a hiccup in my Internet connection when I hit publish which happens a bit more often than I would like.

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1966 Missouri Death Certificates Available Online

Received an e-mail from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office indicating the 1966 Missouri Death Certificates are now live. They are free to view and download from If you have a family member who died in 1966 in the state of Missouri (and as early as 1910 with a small number of pre-1910 death certificates also available in a different section of the website), you can find their death certificate on the site. Please note each death certificate was transcribed by two different people to reduce the odds of transcription errors. They can still happen as can typos on the death certificates, wrong information, etc. It’s a good start for where a person is buried, but the death certificate tends to have a high rate of wrong cemetery listings or only listing the town’s name which isn’t necessarily the cemetery even if there is a cemetery with the town’s name.  So if using a death certificate (or obit for that matter), double check with the cemetery before adding them to Find-A-Grave or another graving site. Haven’t done a detailed analysis, but around 25 – 50% of death certificates and obits report the wrong cemetery. In some cases, it is a different name of the cemetery, and in other cases, it’s the wrong town and/or county.

Addit: in addition, death certificates and obits don’t track when a person is moved to a different cemetery at a later date which is another reason to verify with the cemetery.

Addit #2: Some years allow searching by next of kin, but most years don’t. Volunteers are slowly adding earlier years for relatives. Spouse, Mother, and Father are only searchable for 1961 – 1966 at this time.

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