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    1. [GUINN] Free Autosomal Transfers, Live Chat, and More! - Newsletter 10/17/2014
    2. This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: gwinnma Surnames: Classification: queries Message Board URL: Message Board Post: Dear Project Members and all new customers, Since we (FTDNA directors) missed getting an issue out for you last week because of conference preparations, this week's going to have double the content. Not only was the Decennial Family Tree DNA Conference on Genetic Genealogy a success, but we've spent the week preparing and launching some of the features discussed at the conference. Thanks to everyone who presented and attended. We'll be working to nail down a date for next year shortly! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Post-conference launches As Senior Director of Product Michael Gugel shared at the conference, for the first time ever, people that have taken an AncestryDNAT or 23andMeĀ© (V3) test can transfer into the FTDNA databases for free by visiting and following the instructions to upload their raw data file. Within an hour or two, we provide a preview of what's waiting if they transfer by showing the top 20 matches along with an estimate of the total number of matches in the FTDNA database. Full functionality can be unlocked by either paying $39 or recruiting four other people to upload, thus unlocking the rest of the matches. Here are some important points for group administrators to know: 1. As of Friday afternoon, Ancestry was experiencing difficulty with file downloads. Our plan at present is to hold off on announcing the new transfer protocol to the entire customer base until those difficulties are resolved. If you (or your group members) have previously uploaded files to GEDmatch, there's a fair chance the download will still be on your computer. Look for a filename like 2. We only accept the 23andMe V3 chip that was used on tests sold between November 2010 and approximately November 2013. There are a couple of ways to find out what chip was used for your test other than simply the timeframe. One is size; v3 chip files are about 7.83 MB where V2 and V4 chips are smaller. If you're tech savvy, you can unzip the file and check chromosomes: Chromosome 1 for v3 starts at 82154 (rs4477212) where v4 starts at 734462 (rs12564807)and v2 starts with position 742429 (rs3094315). 3. We do not have any plans to accept V2 or V4 chips. if you try to upload the wrong chip version, the system will tell you that the file doesn't have sufficient data. Since neither chip contains enough of the SNPs included in Family Finder, we would have to impute too much data. Basically we'd have to make assumptions about the missing SNPs that we're just not willing to make at this point. The myGroups Alpha Test launched this week with great participation from the groups involved. If your group wasn't chosen, thank you for applying, we appreciate the interest. We're already getting great feedback on the features, which include the ability to upload and share photos and documents as well as to interact with other group members. You'll be hearing a lot more about this initiative in coming weeks. We're excited about the potential the new design will have, and we're sure you will be, too! Haplogroup administrators, check your email! We're sending out the specs we need for your submissions to create new SNP Panels. At the conference, president Bennett Greenspan announced that the beta test of a new version of the old Deep Clade test was a success with the R-M222 subclade and we're soliciting the assistance of haplogroup and subclade administrators to help fill out the rest of R1b and other haplogroups. We'll be able to test between 30 and 90 SNPs at the same time for one low price so that Y-DNA testers can refine their haplogroups even more. We'll provide more information to all admins soon, but haplogroup administrators will find the details you need in an email going out today. Customer Support is trying out a new contact method - live chat! You may initiate the chat 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday (except 12-1 on Friday). You will find the live chat on our Contact Us page or from the myFTDNA log in page. Please note that the live chat will remain with you through most of the Family Tree DNA websites, but has limited functionality on the shopping cart. Please, help us test out this feature this month (through November 10th) and let us know how you like it. I We have an exciting new development for Big Y BAM files! Once a BAM request is completed, testers will be able to download that file directly from their myFTDNA page. The tester will go to the Big Y results page and click on the blue 'Download Raw Data' button. He will see two green buttons: one has the VCF/BED zip file, the other the BAM zip file. The primary person on the kit will still need to send an email request for the BAM file to It will take up to 48 hours to retrieve the file, as this is not an instantaneous process. Those of who have already requested their BAM file and received the link should already see the new green button for download. Administrators will NOT be able to click through from GAP to download unless you have full access to the tester's kit. We will not be providing a link for customers for YFull at this time. You may want to contact YFull to request a way to upload directly to them. In the meantime, try a large file storage solution, such as Dropbox. We'll have some helpful information on this process in the Learning Center next week. Finally, this week's tip: Because of the way that the shopping cart works, upgrades are no longer shown as upgrades such as Y-12-37. They show as the full test, both in the order history and on your order pages in GAP. The order system prevents the order of a full test when an upgrade is all that's necessary. And for your convenience, here's a chart of Y-DNA and mtDNA test prices with upgrades. Test ....... Standard Price Y12 ........ $59 Y25 ........ $109 Y37 ........ $169 Y67 ........ $268 Y111 ...... $359 Test ....... Standard Price Y12 - 37 ...... $99 Y12 - 67 ...... $189 Y12 - 111 .... $339 Y25 - 37 ...... $49 Y25 - 67 ...... $148 Y25 - 111 .... $249 Y37 - 67 ...... $99 Y37 - 111 .... $220 Y67 - 111 .... $129 Big Y ...... $575 Test ....... Standard Price mtDNA Plus ..... $69 Full mt Seq. ..... $199 HVR1-FMS ...... $159 HVR2-FMS ...... $149 That's all for this week, folks. We'll have a lot more to share next week. Thanks for all your hard work. We appreciate you! All project participation is "FREE" and administrated by volunteers which receive "No compensation". They are willing to help .... Please Join our GUIN, GWIN, GUYN, GWYN DNA Project. Michael A. Gwinn, Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board. <br>

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