Family Tree DNA Has Sale Of Many Of Its DNA Products; Family Finder Product Normally $99 On Sale For $69

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening August 9, 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, August 9, 2016:

June 2015 Dan Niemiec PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Daniel Niemiec. Daniel will present a program titled “Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch”.

The fastest growing collection of free genealogy records should become a major part of your genealogy toolbox and Dan will explain some special search techniques to get the most out of the data.

Dan Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi for 10 years (over 120 monthly columns). He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given many presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid 1700s. By tracing descendant lines from his ancestors, he has found over 77,000 relatives, the result of 25 years of original research.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; August 27, 2016 Genealogy Program; Get Help To Get Past Your Research Problems

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 August 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, August 27, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  It does not look to be  a speaker program but rather a session designed to help you overcome your research dilemmas in your Swedish research.  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:

“Hitting brick walls in your genealogy research? We might have the solutions you need! This session will focus on providing help for your genealogical quandaries. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated.”

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 August 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago August 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 August 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Took The Genealogy DNA Plunge (Continued)!; Received Confirmation From Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Of Receipt Of Swabbed Samples; Batch Process Identified; Pending Date Range for Results!

Hi Everyone,

Family Tree DNAAs you may know from a recent post I made, I have taken the plunge into the world of Genealogy DNA.  I submitted my swabbed samples to Family Tree DNA (FTDNA at for processing in their Family Finder product.

I did receive an email confirmation from FTDNA that they have in fact received my swabbed samples.  I will say, it sure does look like FTDNA is doing a good job of keeping me informed at each step of the DNA process as to what is happening.

As of the writing of this post, I have not received any further information from FTDNA about completion of the testing of my swabbed samples.  I know it has only been about 2 days, but this is what happens as you await results.  You can normally expect an interval of 3-4 weeks to receive your results back after they have received your swabbed material.  I am getting more excited as each step reaches conclusion until I finally receive some results for me to analyze and then say “Now What??”.

When I log into Family Tree DNA with the Kit Number and Password they provided, I can now follow the events that are occurring related to processing my DNA.  Each process is identified within Family Tree DNA along with a date for the process when it occurred.  Once they received and confirmed my swabbed material FTDNA they assigned it a batch number when initial processing took place as well as a date.  They are now showing that processing of my DNA has a pending date for completion with expected results between July 6, 2016 and July 20, 2016.

Family Tree DNA is sure keeping me appraised of what is happening, when completions occurred and pending dates for future completions!  Can’t really ask for anything more.

My anticipation level is rapidly rising awaiting my DNA results targeted to be completed in the first couple of weeks of July 2016 (Hopefully earlier rather than later … I am normally a very patient person, but it is so true that you want to see the results fast once they have the material!).

I will let all of you know what piece of information I receive next from FTDNA.

I just keep telling myself, “Be patient”!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Took The Genealogy DNA Plunge!; Submitted To Family Tree DNA; Will Share Future DNA Experiences As They Occur

Hi Everyone!

Family Tree DNAThought I would let all of you know that I have personally made the leap into the world of genealogy DNA.  I chose to submit my DNA to Family Tree DNA also known as FTDNA.  You can find them online at

One of our active participants in our genealogy program made me aware that FTDNA was having a short-term sale on their entry-level product called Family Finder.  Normally, it is offered at $99.  I was able to purchase the kit online for $79.  It is a good idea to check the Family Tree DNA website frequently, especially around Holidays, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  It is not uncommon to see sales of their line of products during such times.  Oftentimes you might expect a 20% discount.  I purchased the kit of choice for me at such a discount.  It was only being offered for a very short time.

Thank you Barb P. for our many DNA conversations pertinent to Family Tree DNA.  Thank you for making me aware of the sale of this “entry” level kit.  Thank you for the encouragement to get me “off the fence”!

Now that I have taken the plunge (better late than never!) I also thought that perhaps this would afford me the opportunity to write about the process and my experiences.  Perhaps you are on the fence yourself thinking whether you should or should not submit.  My DNA curiosity finally got to me plus the fact that I think it is important for me to have a real-life experience with such a hot topic as genealogy DNA so that I can be more informed to share with other genealogy researchers.  Maybe my own personal experience with Family Tree DNA will give you the confidence to take the plunge yourself.  Plus, I will relate the process itself to give you a level of comfort.

My initial purchase of the “kit” was done online.  You can contact them viaDNA Clip Art phone number if you are inclined to do so to order a kit.  If you are familiar at all with online shopping you will find this a piece of cake.  Go to Family Tree DNA, select the kit called Family Finder, add it to your cart, provide mailing, email and billing information and click to make your purchase a reality.

Once submitted to FTDNA for purchase, you will receive a confirmation/thank you email from FTDNA very quickly.  It will mention the kit number they have assigned to you as well as a temporary password for you to use at the FTDNA website to watch the tracking of your kit as well as to use the site when results are back to you.  You can change the Password information at any time at the site and make them different from the ones they initially provide.

Expect to also receive some follow-up marketing emails as I did making me aware of the other kits and sales they have with FTDNA, other than the Family Finder one I ordered.  I received one around the time of Mother’s Day when they were offering their mitochondrial (mtDNA) test kit (for tracing or confirming direct line maternal ancestry) .  I did receive a marketing email related to Father’s Day that has come and gone since there is a test related to the paternal line of DNA (Y-DNA).  So yes I have seen a couple of marketing emails!    I do not feel abused with email offerings from FTDNA (thank you FTDNA!).

The kit with a unique kit number designated for me arrived in my mail box within about a week.  It is a small plastic white sleeve that contains a welcome letter, an instructional page, 2 swabs, 2 containers having what must be a preservative liquid, a submission signature sheet giving FTDNA permission to share your e-mail address with other participants at FTDNA that are a match to your results in different degrees, and a return postage-paid envelope.

There are simple directions on what to do with the kit to collect your DNA, plus Barb P. was able to provide me with her own experience related to the scraping of your inner cheeks.  In this case I needed to scrape my inner left cheek with one scraper for at least one minute and then push-button release it from the swabber into one of the vials with the preservative liquid.  Repeat the process with the other cheek.  Each cheek should be swabbed at a suggested time in the morning before you start having some coffee or eating or brushing your teeth.  In other words,  don’t submit scrambled eggs and coffee for DNA analysis!!   The instructions did note that it is possible you might even see a little blood on the scraper when you remove it from your mouth.  Mine were clear with no blood appearing at all.  WOW!  I did not even think that might be possible but at least they warn you.  Other DNA testing companies may require you provide saliva rather than a cheek scraping.

FTDNA does make sure you check the kit number that appears on the return envelope along with the kit number on the vials that everything matches and is the same.  In other words check and double-check wherever you see a kit number to be sure it is all the same number as the original one assigned to you.  Mine was fine.

Barb P. and FTDNA made me aware of a Wednesday batch processing cycle at FTDNA when kits received by Wednesday are processed.  So if your kit arrives back at FTDNA on a Thursday it may sit there for a few more days before they process yours and all the kits they received in the previous cycle.  I don’t think this a big thing but if you are really wanting to get your results quicker get your kit to the Post Office in the return envelope by at least the Monday before the batch cycle Wednesday processing.

So now my level of anticipation is up.  So far, so good!

I ordered the kit, received confirmation of the order and have received the kit at home.  Swabbing was done and mailed back, albeit on a Thursday by me.  So don’t be like me.  If you have the kit in hand on a Monday, swab them cheeks and get the completed kit into the mail that very day so you have a chance to get into the Wednesday batch processing cycle by FTDNA.

So now I await to see that they received my kit and move on to the processing and results from FTDNA.

Will let you know when that happens.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) Offering A Genealogical Bus Tour That Focuses On “Notable Chicago Disasters That Affected Your Ancestor’s Lives”; Craig Pfannkuche Will Be The Guide; Saturday, October 1, 2016 From 9:30 AM to 4 PM; Also Open To Non-Members Of The Society

Hi Everyone!

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoThe Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) will be offering a genealogical bus tour on Saturday, October 1, 2016 between 9:30 AM and 4 PM.

The theme of the tour will be “Notable Chicago Disasters That Affected Your Ancestor’s Lives”.

The tour will be led by Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago Genealogical Society who specializes in Chicago family history research.

The tour bus will be ready for boarding at 9:30 AM and will depart from and return to the northwest corner of the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Madison and Clinton Streets) in Chicago.

You do not have to be a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society in order to participate.  However, your cost will be slightly higher than for members ($50 non-members; $40 members).

You can choose to purchase a box lunch for an added fee of $15  if you so choose or you can even brown bag your own lunch for the day.

Take a look at the link to a PDF full-page description of the event that contains even more background and details about the events of the day.

Here is a link to the details with all of the details:

October 1, 2016 Chicago Genealogical Society Genealogy Bus Tour – “Notable Chicago Disasters That Affected Your Ancestor’s Lives”

You may also want to visit the home page of the society to check on the status of this bus tour if you are interested in participating.  These bus tours often fill up quickly and are then closed when capacity has been reached.  I see that you can register online for this event through the society.  Here is a link to the part of the society website where the program is contained.  You will see a link with the program description that allows you to register online:

October 1, 2016 Chicago Genealogical Society Bus Tour Online Registration Information

I have had Craig as a speaker at our genealogy programs.  He is fantastic in that setting.  I can’t even imagine how good he will be at being a guide for an all-day event.

Sounds like another great bus tour put together by the Chicago Genealogical Society on a topic that always connects to genealogical research!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

PowerPoint Presentation Available From Our July 12, 2016 Genealogy Program Presented By Caron Primas Brennan On “Using Family Trees”; You Can Also View PowerPoint Presentations For 4 Additional Programs Presented By Caron

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library

Great news!  Our speaker last night, Caron Primas Brennan,  let us all know that her PowerPoint presentation of the program she presented at our library on the evening of July 12, 2016 is available for viewing by everyone!

Thank you so much Caron for sharing that information with all of us last night.

This blog post has the link that will connect you with the presentation material.

So if you missed last night’s program, you can get yourself a front row seat to review the PowerPoint presentation material.  If you attended last night, this gives you the chance to review material that perhaps that did not sink in immediately last night.

Here is the link to Caron’s 67 slide PowerPoint presentation on “Using Family Trees” from our genealogy program at the Schaumburg Township District Library that took place on July 12, 2016:

July 12, 2016 PowerPoint Presentation From Caron Primas Brennan On “Using Family Trees

Thank you so much to Caron for sharing this great information for the benefit of those unable to attend our program last night as well as for those that did attend that would like to review the material.

Additionally, Caron has 4 other PowerPoint presentation programs available at her blog that you can also look at.  Here are the programs for which a PowerPoint presentation exists:

  • “FamilySearch Primer”
  • “ Primer”
  • “What’s New On the Internet for Genealogists”
  • “Where Did I Put Great-Grandpa?: Organizing for Genealogists”

Go to the following link to Caron’s blog and just scroll down the list of programs she has presented and will be presenting.  The above 4 are from her most recent presentation at the Newberry Library on July 9, 2016.  Look for the hyperlink that is noted as “Slides”.

Caron Primas Brennan Speaking Engagements; Look for Available PowerPoint Presentations from Recent Speaking Engagements

Thank you again Caron for making available the PowerPoint presentation from last night’s genealogy program at our library, as well as making available the additional programs you recently presented at the Newberry Library on July 9, 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library