Ancestry’s Cyber Monday Sale

You can get an AncestryDNA test kit for just $69 through tomorrow night. This is normally $99 so it’s a great deal and as low as I’ve ever seen the kit’s sold for.


*Offer expires on Nov. 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Offer does not include shipping costs or applicable taxes.

CousinBait and DNA

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I figured that it’s about time I made a post to help bait some new cousins.

I originally tested with AncestryDNA.
username: julie52479

And I transferred my AncestryDNA data to both FamilyTreeDNA and Gedmatch.

FTDNA kit #: B29051
Gedmatch kit #: A384941

Here is a quick reference from my grandparents to my 2nd Great-Grandparents (surnames and places of birth).

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Just a quick note…

My 2nd great-grandmother who was born in London, her siblings were all born in Russia or Romania. Being in London when she was born seemed to just be some type of layover from one area to another. There is an entirely different set of Goodman’s from England, but from what I’ve found they were not of Jewish faith and my Goodman line was.

Think we could be cousins? Send me an email at jwaters[dot]ancestry[dot]search[at]gmail[dot]com or leave a comment.

AncestryDNA Updates Coming Soon!

If you have not heard, AncestryDNA is making some changes to the matches we see. This update is happening very soon. How soon we don’t know, just that it’s soon.

You can read more about what you should do to prepare over at this post over at

The short version is that some of your matches may disappear, but you should also be expected to gain new matches.

Free Records at Ancestry

Get your genealogy motors going… there are a bunch of record collections that are currently FREE on If you have not yet started working on Ancestry, you will need to sign up for an account before you can search the records. It is free to sign up, though if you wish to continue searching these collections (+ other collections, photos, and more later on) you will need to purchase a subscription).

Here’s a list of the collections available for free:
My Family Tree: Ancestry Free Access!

It’s really simple to find your ancestors too.
Just plug in a bit of information and there ya go!
My Family Tree: Ancestry Free Access!

Need help or have any questions? Leave a comment or send an email. I’m happy to help.

*Free access is open to U.S. residents only and ends 11:59pm ET on December 29th. to discontinue Family Tree Maker

Family Tree: to discontinue Family Tree Maker

So you may have heard that Ancestry is planning to discontinue their Family Tree Maker (FTM for short) program. They will stop selling it at the end of this year, but it will still be usable. However at the beginning of 2017 all of the features associated with FTM will stop working.

I understand Ancestry deciding to not provide future versions of the program or even updates of the current version, but to make it stop working entirely? That means they have to change code on to stop letting FTM work. They are making work for themselves to make something stop working. It just doesn’t make sense.

I’m not a huge user of FTM. Mostly because when I upgraded to FTM 2014 my tree did not properly set up and though the program says my tree is synced with the one online, it actually isn’t. Support members in the Ancestry forums could only recommend that I de-link the tree’s, download the Gedcom from Ancestry, then re-upload under a different name to the Ancestry website and link it to the FTM program. And yeah that would have worked, but my tree would be under a name I didn’t want, as well as none of the documentation, photo’s, etc coming with it and I didn’t/don’t have the money to get a year’s membership and redo everything. So I stuck with just working on my tree on Honestly I mostly worked on my tree there anyway and only used FTM when I needed to create files, like event lists, or to create family outlines, etc. If I need to do that now, I just re-upload the current Gedcom to FTM. After FTM is discontinued, I’ll have to find another program to do all that.

What’s your take on FTM being discontinued? Are you a current user? If so, what do you plan to do when it goes away in about a year? Let me know in the comments.