About six weeks ago I posted my experience transferring my DNA test from 23andMe to Family Tree DNA. I bought the Family Finder transfer for $89, about half the price of the full test. As I understood the process, I could double my databases by first purchasing a test from 23andMe for $99 and then uploading to FTDNA. As I mentioned in my previous post, I learned after I purchased it that it was going to be a long wait. I also eventually learned that what I bought was not what I thought I bought.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
|1824 Burgherbrief of Joseph Robson, Planter|
Sunday, April 28, 2013
|From Left: Dean Henry (AAGG), Michael Hait, David Lynch|
AAGG president, Carlean Mullen, told me that she really had wanted a session on Caribbean genealogy because speakers on that area are hard to find and many people are interested.
As I mentioned before, in Preparing my Presentation for the AAGG, I had quite a tall order. I knew it would be impossible to cover anything in depth, but I wanted to give my audience something new, tell them something beyond “here are the birth records, here are the death records”. 50 minutes just isn’t enough time to discuss techniques or resources in depth. So, I decided on a different approach. I put together a presentation that introduced the West Indies, commented on the types of genealogical problems, and then used my experience with the Virgin Islands as an example of the wonderful records that exist and the rich history that few people know. I was looking to excite interest and fascination. I think I accomplished that goal.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Although I write for a living, I was amazed at the difficulty in preparing a 50-minute talk on my research. To make matters worse, the conference organizer, Carlean Mullen, asked me to start with the whole Caribbean and then my focus area, the Virgin Islands. While I’m not what I would call an expert on the whole Caribbean, it was quite a task to squeeze it all in.
Add to that the challenge that few people in attendance will likely have any real understanding of the Virgin Islands beyond the fact that it’s a nice vacation destination. Hundreds of years of history, social commentary, and my research methods and case studies smashed into a mere 50 minutes (oh, and the whole Caribbean too). To top it off, I never really learned PowerPoint.
After a good week of hard work (and learning PowerPoint), I think I have something that will be interesting for the novice and veteran alike. During my research for the presentation I made some interesting discoveries about West Indian history that I will write about afterwards.
So, keep your fingers crossed for me so that I can represent our islands well. I’ll be sure to post a report of how the day went.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Both 23andMe and FTDNA allow you to download your raw DNA results for upload at other sites. It turns out that you can get a good deal by using both. Since 23andMe data is compatible with FTDNA, you can get tested at 23andMe and uploaded the raw data to FTDNA for only $89. So, for only $188 you can actually get both 23andMe and FTDNA. That’s less than the cost of a full test at FTDNA alone. So, that’s what I did.