25 April 2014

DNA Day 2014

Today is DNA Day—celebrating publication of the structure of DNA and the announcement of "completion" of the mapping of our DNA by the Human Genome Project.1

Big things happening today include the updated Y-DNA Haplotree from Family Tree DNA. The tree is being expanded from 400 to over 1000 branches and will sport a new design interface. A free webinar today at noon Central Time (5pm UTC) will provide details on and demonstrate the new tree. Register for the live webinar at http://bit.ly/1dGbbbx or catch it later when it will be posted online at http://www.familytreedna.com/learn/ftdna/webinars/.

AncestryDNA is offering a $20 discount on their autosomal DNA test.

23andMe isn't advertising a sale today as they did a sale earlier this year. This is another good place for a DNA test for genealogical purposes.

Check the websites of other testing companies to see what they may be offering today. But if you are ordering an autosomal test for genealogical purposes be sure you are getting a test that includes 500,000 markers or more and not one of the lower resolution tests.

1. "DNA Day," WikiPedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_day : accessed 25 April 2014)

To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "DNA Day 2014," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 25 April 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

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© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

02 April 2014

TSLAC Genealogy After Dark - 25 April 2014

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is hosting another Genealogy After Dark program on 25 April 2014. Contact them at geninfo@tsl.state.tx.us or 512-463-5455 for more information or to register. Registration is limited to 30 and you must register by 18 April 2014.

The schedule is:
  • 6:00 - Sign-in (Note: You must enter before 6:45 p.m. when the building will be locked.)
  • 6:15 - Presentation by John Anderson, TSLAC Preservation Officer and Photo Archivist: “Researching Prints and Photographs in the Texas State Archives…and Beyond”
  • 7:15 - Genealogy and Reference rooms open for research
    Orientation: Requesting and Using Materials in the Texas State Archives (required for anyone planning to use archival materials during the event)
    Texas State Archives open for research, immediately following the orientation
  • 7:45 - Light refreshments in the lobby
  • 9:45 - Microfilm and photocopy rooms close
  • 10:00 - Building secured

Park on the street or at the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto, one block east of the Zavala Building. There is no charge for visitors who arrive after 5:00 p.m.

To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "TSLAC Genealogy After Dark - 25 April 2014," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 2 April 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved