2016 Scotland Research Trip

Hello project members,

I wanted to give you a heads up about my upcoming Scotland and Ireland research trip from September 6 till October 26.

I will be attending the AGM and have about four weeks working in Scotland. New this year I will be including about 3 weeks of researching in Ireland for clan surnames.

As always I would like to meet project members and find new participants.

Stephanie and I will be giving a DNA presentation in the evening at the Tryst in Pitlochry on September 8th.

I can arrange to meet with members and prospective members one on one and/or hold small DNA talks while in Scotland if folks contact me. My email address is tim@clandonnachaidhdna.org and my UK phone # is – 07761 805567.

If any members know of any potential men with clan surnames in Scotland and Ireland let me know with their contact info or give them mine so I can then follow-up.

We do have a few donated test kits for Robertson, Duncan, Reid (Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire), and McConnachie (various spellings) men for distribution.

We are making some good progress in getting some family lines that are long removed from Scotland genetically connected back to a male in Scotland. This is the essence of our research in trying to rebuild your family lineages.

For project members in the Victoria, BC Canada area I will be speaking at the the 2016 Victoria Genealogical Society’s fall seminar on October 29th. On Sunday the 30th I will also conduct a 4-6 hour workshop on Y-DNA testing and interpreting your Y-Chromosome results. For more information visit the VGS website at http://www.victoriags.org/seminar.php.

Thank you again for being an active member of this exciting surname research project.

With Kind Regards,

Tim Duncan
Stephanie Robertson
Administrators: Donnachaidh DNA Project
Website: www.clandonnachaidhdna.org
Email: tim@clandonnachaidhdna.org, dna@pt.lu
Phone: 760-985-0444, UK – 07761 805567


FTDNA Summer Sale 2016

Folks,

Family Tree DNA has just announced a Summer Sale that starts tomorrow 8/3/2016….This is a combo/bundles sale mostly……there are some good prices for new test bundles orders.

If you want the standalone Family Finder test this is the best sale price I have seen.

If you have a person you want to get tested then these combo tests are a good price.

These prices should post tomorrow when the sale starts. Currently there is not a end date for the sale.

Tim
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Dear Group Administrators,

Summer in Houston means relentless heat. Ruthless sunshine punctuated by the occasional thunderstorm. The hum of air conditioner compressors is the season’s soundtrack.

You know what else it means?

Yep. You got it. It means the Sizzlin’ Summer Sale is about to launch!

This summer the focus is on bundles that include Family Finder: Y37 + Family
Finder, Y67 + Family Finder, FMS + Family Finder, and Comprehensive Genome (FF+Y67+FMS). The prices are in the chart below.

But wait – there’s more!

The heat must have gotten to Bennett because the only individual test he’s reduced pricing on is Family Finder, which will be $69. You read that right. $69 US DOLLARS!

(For those of you who are new and may not be aware, Bennett Greenspan is the founder and president of FTDNA.)

Not only has he set the Family Finder price ridiculously low, but he’s not giving us an end date for this sale. It could last a few days or a few weeks – we don’t know and he’s not telling!

So what we’re saying is, take advantage of these great prices while they’re hot!

Here’s the pricing:
Product: Retail Pricing Sale Price Group Price

Family Finder: $99 $69 $69

Y37 + Family Finder: $268 $228 $218

Y67 + Family Finder: $367 $327 $317

Comprehensive Genome
(FF+Y67+FMS): $566 $499 $489

FMS + Family Finder: $298 $258 $258

**Please note – these bundles must remain bundles. If you buy at the sale price for future use, the entire bundle must be used on one tester. Canceling tests from the bundle will cause tests to revert to regular price.**

We’ll be emailing customers starting tomorrow morning, but we wanted to let you know now.

FTDNA


Highland Games 2016

Hello from Tacoma, Washington!

If anyone is in the Tacoma, Washington area I will be at the Tacoma Highland Games this Saturday June 25 at Frontier Park in Graham, Washington. If you are in the area stop by the Clan Donnachaidh Tent and I would be glad to meet with you. If you know of any potential project participants let them know to stop by so I can explain our research.

Also, I will be at the following Highland Games:

Skagit Valley Highland Games, Mt Vernon, Washington July 9-10
Portland Highland Games, Portland, Oregon July 16
Seattle Highland Games, Enumclaw, Washington July 23-24
Spokane Highland Games, Spokane, Washington August 6

I have all my DNA material so I can load you up on our research. Cheers, Tim


Bellingham, Washington 2016 Highland Games

Hello from Bellingham, Washington!

I am late in letting folks know that I am at the Bellingham Highland Games this weekend June 4-5 at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale, Washington. If you are in the area stop by the Clan Donnachaidh Tent and I would be glad to meet with you. If you know of any potential project participants let them know to stop by so I can explain our research.

I have all my DNA material so I can load you up on our research. Cheers, Tim


Victoria, Canada Highland Games

Hello from Victoria, Canada!

I am late in letting folks know that I am at the Victoria Highland Games this weekend May 21-23 at Topaz Park in Victoria. If you are in the area stop by the Clan Donnachaidh Tent and I would be glad to meet with you. If you know of any potential project participants let them know to stop by so I can explain our research.

I have all my DNA material so I can load you up on our research. Cheers, Tim


FTDNA National DNA Day Sale:

Here is the next FTDNA Sale Information: Visit www.familytreedna.com for all information.

Dear Valued Customer,

We are excited to announce that our 2016 DNA Day Sale is starting now!

As you may know, National DNA Day is April 25th and commemorates the day in 1953 when a paper detailing the structure of DNA was published in Nature magazine. It also recognizes the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003.

At Family Tree DNA, we celebrate those accomplishments by having a sale on DNA tests for genealogy!

Our much-anticipated DNA Day Sale is now under way and will extend through Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (11:59 PM U.S. Central).

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

Sincerely,
The Family Tree DNA Team
Shop Sale Now


FTDNA 2015 Holiday Sale:

Family Tree DNA announced this week the start of their Holiday Sale on DNA tests. You should have received a notice from FTDNA explaining the sale. The FTDNA sale is good until midnight Dec. 31 2015 central time.

Now is a good time to order those test upgrades are a new DNA test for someone else. You order a test upgrade from your own test kit. These are some of the best pricing that you can get.

Like last year FTDNA will also issue weekly coupons in varying amounts that can be used in addition to the sale prices. On your myFTDNA page you will see a “Mystery Reward” box, which you can open to find your coupon code for that week. New coupons are issued every Monday.

You can use a coupon in addition to a sale price to reduce the test price more. There are coupons for all the three main category of tests – Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA.

The coupons can be shared. Visit this Google Doc page to select a shared coupon or post one of your unused coupons to be shared.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CgXRKz2TySvRqSInveSIYoslO7yexAc9d-BzpNhaY1c/edit#gid=133773448

Within the ordering process there is a box where you enter the coupon code so it can be applied to your order.

For those looking to order the BigY test there are some coupons from $25 to $75 off the sale price floating around. We would like to see more participants consider these advance Y-DNA SNP tests. These are the large SNP discovery test.

We have had some groups pool their funds (via our general fund account) to purchase a BigY where the results help everyone in that group. Contact me if your group is interested in pooling funds for a BigY test.

Feel free to inquire with Stephanie and Tim if you have any questions.

We hope everyone has a very enjoyable Holiday Season and thank you again for participating in this exciting Donnachaidh research project.

With Best Wishes,

Tim Duncan

Stephanie Robertson
Administrators: Donnachaidh DNA Project
Website: www.clandonnachaidhdna.org
Email: tim@clandonnachaidhdna.org, dna@pt.lu
Phone: 760-985-0444 (Tim’s)


September Game Schedule

Hello,

As a reminder I will be at the Hood Canal Highland Games in Balfair, Washington at the Balfair State Park this weekend (September 5th & 6th). I will have the Clan Donnachaidh Tent up in the clan area so stop by for a visit. Next weekend (12th & 13th) I will be at the Kelso, Washington Games.

I will be glad to visit with anyone in the DNA project and people interested but not yet tested.

Cheers, Tim


Nashville, TN, DNA Meeting:

Nashville, TN, DNA Meeting:

Hello everyone,

We got delayed with our Nashville meeting location for this Saturday August the 15th in Nashville but we are set now!

We have a meeting room at the CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH at 299 Haywood Ln, Nashville, TN 37211. This is in South Nashville between I-24 and Alt. 31 on Haywood Ln.

We will meet from 1100 and go until I help everyone. We have a small group so far but I will be staying in Nashville so I will have plenty of time.

I will have an ice chest with some drinks and their are a number of food places in the area for lunch. We can order in or break and go to lunch. We can decide on Saturday.

I will talk about the research we are doing and how to use it in your genealogical research. About understanding your results and what does it all mean. I will also get into the other types of DNA tests if people are interested.

I want to go over each one of your test situation and help you any way I can.

If you have other family members/relatives, prospective testers or If you know of anyone else that may be interested in DNA testing and our talk they are welcome to sit-in.

I look forward to meeting and seeing you on Saturday!

Sincerely,

Tim


BC Highland Games

I will be at the BC Highland Games in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada this weekend.  The games are Saturday June 20th.   Anyone in the Vancouver area please come by the Clan Donnachaidh tent for a visit.

Cheers,

Tim Duncan