Contest: Win a 30 minute Online Family History Coaching Session from genealogyDOTcoach!

Win a 30 minute Online Family History Coaching Session from genealogyDOTcoach

The genealogyDOTcoach Contest at GeneaBloggers!

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This week’s contest at GeneaBloggers welcomes a new vendor to the genealogy and family history market: genealogyDOTcoach!

genealogyDOTcoach allows you to work with a hand-selected professional genealogist to craft a research plan, break through your brick wall, or understand your DNA results. Our impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry. Select which coach you want to work with, schedule a day and time and you will receive an email link that allows you to log in to a private video chat room. There you will meet face to face, via video chat, to share screens and documents with your coach, and receive the expert help you need to keep moving along in your family history journey.

Why Ask A Coach?

  • Brand New To Genealogy. Brand new to family history research? Need an overview of the basics? Want help learning how to use a specific genealogy software program? Inherited a bunch of stuff and need to get organized?
    Ask a genealogy coach.
  • Need a Family History Boost. Want to do the research yourself but just aren’t sure how to proceed? Have a document in a foreign language that you need translated? Need a crash course in research in a new location?
    Ask a genealogy coach.
  • Genealogy Odds and Ends. Want an analysis of your family tree to see where your weak spots might be? Have old photos that you need help identifying? Want someone to walk you through your DNA results and what to do with them?
    Ask a genealogy coach.

How Does genealogyDOTcoach Work?

If you haven’t heard of this amazing new service, here’s a brief summary of how it works:

“It has become so easy for anyone start climbing their family tree.  But, sometimes people get a little stuck in the process. The traditional option at that point has been to muddle through for years trying to solve it on their own or to purchase a 10 or 20 hour research package from a professional genealogist. Many people can’t afford that kind of help. Others are reluctant to do so because they want the joy of making those family history discoveries themselves.

genealogyDOTcoach allows you to work with a hand-selected professional genealogist to craft a research plan, break through your brick wall, or understand your DNA results. Our impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry. Select which coach you want to work with, schedule a day and time and you will receive an email link that allows you to log in to a private video chat room. There you will meet face to face, via video chat, to share screens and documents with your coach, and receive the expert help you need to keep moving along in your family history journey.”

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Enter The genealogyDOTcoach Contest this week and you could win a 30 minute Online Family History Coaching Session! We’ll select three (3) winners. This is a $110 value and you could win if you enter by 11:50 pm CDT on Thursday 6 October 2016. Click here to enter!

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Contest: Win a FREE 7-night Stay at Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City

Enter The Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City Contest this week and you could win a 7-night stay at Crystal Inn & Suites Salt Lake City

The Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City Contest at GeneaBloggers!

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Picture it: You’re on your way to do some serious genealogy and family history research in Salt Lake City, Utah and you’re the big winner in The Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City Contest at GeneaBloggers!

crystal inn hotel and suites salt lake city via Tripadvisor

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You’re just a few short blocks from the Family History Library – the world’s largest genealogical library – plus all the downtown Salt Lake City has to offer. Besides genealogy, there is so much to do in the Salt Lake City area especially skiing!  So bring the family and while you are off in your genealogy paradise, everyone else can hit the slopes at Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon which are only 25 minutes away.

Your stay at The Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites includes:

  • Complimentary round-trip shuttle to the airport and Family History Library.
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet with eggs, breakfast meats, and specialty items.
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
  • Oversize rooms with separate sitting & sleeping areas.
  • In-room microwave, fridge, coffee maker, large flat screen HDTV with DirecTV & HBO.

Restrictions: Prize expires December 31, 2017 and cannot be used during blackout periods including major conferences.

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Enter The Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City Contest this week and you could win a 7-night stay at Crystal Inn & Suites Salt Lake City

This is a $875 value and you could win if you enter by 11:50 pm CDT on Sunday 25 September 2016. Click here to enter!

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.


Contest: Win a Copy of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Win a copy of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger from Shop Family Tree

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy Contest at GeneaBloggers!

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This week we are celebrating the publication of Blaine T. Bettinger’s new book, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by F&W Media, publishers of Family Tree Magazine.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

“Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most-cutting edge tool available. This plain-English guide is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy. Inside, you’ll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, plus the methodologies and pros and cons of the three major testing companies and advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions. And once you’ve taken a DNA test, this guide will demystify the often-overwhelming subject and explain how to interpret DNA test results, including how to understand ethnicity estimates and haplogroup designations, navigate suggested cousin matches, and use third-party tools like GEDmatch to further analyze your data. To give you a holistic view of genetic testing for ancestry, the book also discusses the ethics and future of genetic genealogy, as well as how adoptees and others who know little about their ancestry can especially benefit from DNA testing.

Whether you’ve just heard of DNA testing or you’ve tested at all three major companies, this guide will give you the tools you need to unpuzzle your DNA and discover what it can tell you about your family tree.”

Excerpt: Sample Tips

Here are some tips you’ll find in The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy:

  1. Learn about your ancestors—both those who gave you DNA and those who didn’t. Genealogists study ancestors of all sorts, but not all of your genealogical ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.) are also genetic ancestors who passed down DNA to you. DNA testing can only give you information about your genetic family tree: the ancestors who contributed to your genetic makeup.
  2. Think more broadly when looking for testing candidates. If you’re struggling to find someone who can take a DNA test that will help you learn about a particular ancestor, look for any more distant relatives (such as second or third cousins) to test. While you might not have a living relative willing to take a DNA test on your branch of the family tree, your ancestor may have had a descendant through another family line that has the DNA you need to study.
  3. Don’t accept your ethnicity estimates as absolute fact. While the ethnicity estimates provided by testing companies can be interesting and somewhat informative, they’re just that: estimates that should be taken with a grain of salt. The ethnicity percentages in your results can be flawed due to a number of factors, including the size and distribution of the sample size for each continent or country. Furthermore, they likely won’t represent the ethnicity of all your genealogical ancestors, as the test only estimates the rough geographical background of ancestors who gave you a detectable amount of DNA.
  4. Download and analyze your raw data. Testing companies can provide you with interesting and important insights, but tools from many other websites and organizations can help you interpret your DNA results. Get your raw DNA data from the testing company, then look for third-party tools in which you can upload for data and receive a more detailed, multifaceted analysis.

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Enter the The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy Contest this week and you could win a FREE copy of this amazing book. We’ll select three (3) winners and each winner will receive one (1) copy of the book in paperback or ebook format.

This is a $29.99 value and you could win if you enter by 11:50 pm CDT on Sunday 18 September 2016. Click here to enter!

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