Family Tree DNA Lowers Price Of Its “Family Finder” DNA Testing Product From $99 To $79

Hi Everybody,

Family Tree DNASome recent posts I made about Family Tree DNA noted that it was having a “big” sale on one of its main genealogy DNA testing products.  The product was normally priced at $99 and it was on sale during August 2016 for $69.

The bad news is that sale is now over.  Maybe you missed out on that opportunity price.

The good news is that Family Tree DNA has not returned that product to its normal price of what was $99.

Instead it looks like the Family Finder DNA product from Family Tree DNA is now being sold at a regular price of $79, $20 less that it was just a little over 6 weeks ago.

Once again, if price was your barrier to having your DNA tested, you may feel a lot more comfortable finally making the DNA testing plunge with Family Tree DNA at this even lower price.

The Family Finder product is the one I purchased from Family Tree DNA in July when it was on “sale” at that time for $79 instead of the normal price at the time of $99.

Visit the Family Tree DNA website at:

Family Tree DNA

Everything you need to know is there for you to begin the process of having your DNA tested.

Why wait any longer?  Now is a great opportunity to finally take the DNA plunge at this nicely reduced “Family Finder” kit cost from Family Tree DNA.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “If You Have Had Your DNA Tested For Genealogy, Which Service Provider Did You Use?”; Select Answer From List Provided

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“If You Have Had Your DNA Tested For Genealogy, Which Service Provider Did You Use?”

A) Family Tree DNA
B) 23andMe
C) Ancestry DNA
D) National Geographic Genographic Project
E) I Used More Than One Provider From The Above List
F) Other Provider Not In The Above List

All of my recent poll questions were based on looking for a simple “Yes” or “No’ response to choose.  This poll is a lot different because I am asking you to pick one of the answers from the list offered.  Sometimes these can be too complicated and the responder may not know how to respond or there may not be a response from the provided list that applies.  I still wanted to take a chance with this poll format this time to see what happens.  So read through the question and all the provided choices before selecting your answer.

From my recent blog postings you are aware that I myself finally took the Genealogy DNA plunge in July.  I have been making blog postings sharing my experience of the process and my results as they were occurring.  It was intended to give you some feedback on what to expect and also to encourage you to get off the “fence” if you had been thinking about it but were just not prepared to make it happen.  I chose Family Tree DNA as the provider to test my DNA.

I thought since the topic of DNA is so much the rage everywhere as well as the fact that I finally did it, I thought now is a good time to put a DNA poll question out there trying to discover who has been using what service provider for DNA testing.

The poll question above identifies who I think are the top Genealogy DNA service providers.  If you have only had one or many DNA tests done exclusively through one provider on the list, then select it from the list.  Many of you may have had your DNA tested from multiple providers identified in the list.  Choose that response if it applies to you.  If you have had your DNA tested from a company not identified in the list above, then choose the response for “other”.

Lets see how the responses go to the question at hand with the list of answers to pick from.

So ……………………. “If You Have Had Your DNA Tested For Genealogy, Which Service Provider Did You Use?”

A) Family Tree DNA
B) 23andMe
C) Ancestry DNA
D) National Geographic Genographic Project
E) I Used More Than One Provider From The Above List
F) Other Provider Not In The Above List

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Accessed And Used The New And Improved Wiki At FamilySearch?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  3 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since June 8, 2016.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Accessed and Used the New and Improved Wiki at FamilySearch?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 29 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 12 responses (42.86%) noted they have used the new and improved FamilySearch Wiki  while 17 responses (57.14%) indicated they have not used the new and improved FamilySearch Wiki .

I really wasn’t sure which way this was going to go.  My point here was that if you had not visited and viewed the new Wiki at FamilySearch that you would do so and become familiar with what is all there.  I just feel that this resource is a fantastic one that far two few of us tap into immediately when we are faced to overcome some genealogical research issue.  Maybe we are going to be researching Irish records for the first time and don’t know much at all about the process.  Wiki items on Ireland and Irish researching can be the very helpful things to get you going down the right path.  Maybe you want to write a letter to a Polish church in Poland.  You can look for letter writing guides in the language of the country you are going to write to.  You can copy and paste what these  translation guides offer and send your letter to Poland in Polish.  I personally did that very thing and I got great results back in a few weeks.  Answers came back to me in Polish so I used someone knowing Polish to help translate or I could have used Google Translate to enter in the words in Polish and then see what it told me!  It was amazing that the FamilySearch Wiki had such wonderful letter writing guides across many languages other than in just Polish.

The FamilySearch Wiki is a great resource full of encyclopedic information on too many genealogical topics to even consider.  Search it and see what it delivers to you on something you have been curious about.

You can access the FamilySearch Wiki here:

FamilySearch Wiki

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 24 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 17, 2016 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “DNA And The Genealogical Proof Standard” Presented By Karen Stanbary

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next program at our library on Saturday, September 17, 2016 starting at 10:30 AM.

The program is open to any and all interested in learning more about genealogy as well as learning more about this wonderful genealogy group and meeting its members in attendance.

The title of the program is “DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard”.  Speaker for the program is Karen Stanbary.

Program description is:

“DNA test results provide evidence to confirm and advance your genealogical research.  Skillful correlation of the DNA data with traditional documentary research can break through bricks walls.  We will discuss the specific use of DNA evidence within the framework of the Genealogical Proof Standard.”

Speaker information is:

Karen Stanbary is a professional genealogist with expertise in the use of DNA test results to solve genealogical problems.   

DNA is the hot topic in genealogy. Learn how to use your DNA testing results to break through on your research challenges.

Find out more about the CAGGNI group and all that they do.  Visit them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening September 13, 2016 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, September 13, 2016:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Schaumburg Library’s Genealogist Tony Kierna will give a brief review of genealogical topics, then you can work in small groups based on nationality, skill level or project type to share your findings and learn more about your heritage.

Small groups include Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, Colonial American and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.) The “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table allows you to share and view family history books and ask the creators how they put them together.

Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet to share your information and research with others, or use the laptop connected to our projector.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; September 24, 2016 Genealogy Program; “How PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow Solved Author’s Family Mystery” Presented By Gail Lukasik

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the September 2016 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

The Swedish American Genealogical Society has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  There is a Genealogy Program scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  The title of this month’s program is “How Genealogy Roadshow Solved Author’s Family Mystery”.  The presenter will be Gail Lukasik, award winning mystery author.   Members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society can attend for free.  Non-members can attend for a $10 fee.  Reservations for attendance are appreciated.

From the newsletter, here is a description of the program:

“Learn how PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow unraveled the mysteries around author Gail Lukasik’s family history”.

You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:

Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events

You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during September 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September 2016

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of September 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Re-Post Reminder: Family Tree DNA Has Sale Of Many Of Its DNA Products; Family Finder Product Normally $99 On Sale For $69

Hi Everyone!

Family Tree DNAI received an email from Family Tree DNA, the company to which I submitted my own DNA, stating that the big summer sale on their DNA products is soon to come to an end.  The Family Finder product that I used has been on sale for the last month at a price of $69.  Normally it is $99.  I purchased it at what I thought was a great price of $79.

The last day of the current $69 sale price of this product ends at midnight, central standard time on August 31, 2016.

The clock is running out quickly at this great sale price of $69.  You have got to act quickly if you want to save an immediate $30 off of the normal price for this DNA product that many use as the “entry” level product when you take the plunge to have your DNA tested.

I am so happy that I made the decision to get my DNA tested.  If you are on the fence, a $69 price for the basic DNA test with this company should really not only make you get off the fence but jump over the fence!

See the original blog post below the insert line with all of the details as well as a link to Family Tree DNA.

Read fast!

Get off that fence!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Hi Everyone!

Family Tree DNAHopefully, you have seen me making some recent blog posts about my entering the world of Genealogy DNA with the submission of my DNA for testing.  I submitted my DNA to Family Tree DNA for analysis.

I was able to submit when there was a sale of Family Finder, the “entry” level DNA product offered by Family Tree DNA.  Normally the product sells for $99.  I was able to obtain the product for $79.  I was very happy with that price.

Here is the link to Family Tree DNA:

Family Tree DNA Website; 2016 Summer Sale On Their DNA Products

Well guess what?  That same product from Family Tree DNA is now on sale for:


So if you are on the fence for having your DNA testing as it pertains to your genealogical research but were still holding out for lower price testing, it looks like your ship has come in from Family Tree DNA.  At $69 the price represents a 30% discount off of the normal pricing.

This product has never been offered previously at the $69 price!  I had been monitoring it for sale prices and had always previously seen it discounted to the $79 purchase price I was able to get.

Many of their other DNA testing products that are significantly more expensive are also on sale with some great discounts.

When I look at the website for Family Tree DNA, I cannot find an “end” date for this fabulous sale.  I did find some other material on the web that noted this could be an “open-ended” sale meaning it will last for a while or it could mean that the next time you visit the web site thinking you will purchase a kit you discover that the sale prices reverted back to their higher.

I guess that is the perfect tease!!

I thought I got a great bargain when I purchased the Family Finder kit from Family Tree DNA for $79.  Now you have an opportunity to make a purchase for this same product for $69.  The web site as of my writing this post is still showing this product and many others still on sale.

Don’t wait!  If you have been considering testing your DNA now is the time at such a great price for this entry-level DNA product.

The $79 price sale when I purchased did not last long, maybe 2 weeks.  I was so happy with that discount.  You can get the same thing I got for even less at $69!!

Act now.  Don’t take a chance and think you can visit the site in a week to make your sale purchase.  It could be gone just that fast.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library