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    In the last six years I have spent nearly 2000 euros on family history and it is working out about 6.50 per week .A friend of mind spends 65 euros every week smoking. So family history as a hobby isnt that expensive and it is a fascinating subject.
    Has anyone tried the "advanced book search" at Google. Tick the limited preview box and search for a name.

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    I measure the cost of a Family Finder kit (or something similar) as being equal to driving to a locale to do genealogy & spending one night in a motel. Many times the results of such a trip offer little of value.

    Paper trail genealogy costs are thus comparable to those of genetic genealogy.

    Timothy Peterman

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 1798 View Post
      In the last six years I have spent nearly 2000 euros on family history and it is working out about 6.50 per week .A friend of mind spends 65 euros every week smoking. So family history as a hobby isnt that expensive and it is a fascinating subject.
      Has anyone tried the "advanced book search" at Google. Tick the limited preview box and search for a name.
      I have done traditional genealogy for 24 years, with virtually no cost for the first many years.

      I visited brick-and-mortar archives and parish offices (in Denmark, Sweden and Germany) for free on my bicycle (so I even saved on the gym-subscription).

      Once I hitched a ride to Gorzow, Poland where I had to pay about 2€ for an official stamp on a birth certificate. There a taxi-driver helped me find the archive, and I spent the night as a guest with his family. There were already about 10 people in their small apartment, so one person more or less was no big deal. Great times.

      Now I pay for a subscription to Swedish scanned protocols, 150€ / year. (Danish and Norwegian are free).

      And then there is of course the DNA-tests, in about two years (from batch 428) I believe I spent 5000€, but I try to think more about the results than the cost.

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      • #4
        1798 was comparing the cost of this "hobby" to other activities such as the cost of smoking. From that perspective, I agree with him/her that the money I've spent on genetic testing has been much better spent than on other things, including other hobbies which can be just as expensive if not more.

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        • #5
          I have spent +- $1500 on DNA testing and what I have found is of such value to me that the $1500 is almost unimportant...I have found my father's people and even found my father. Being adopted with no information about myself past my date of birth...that black hole is now filled.
          The cost was nothing compared to my gain. That equals +- 23 bottles of good 12 year old single mash. Ha. My liver is happy and I am happy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vinnie View Post
            1798 was comparing the cost of this "hobby" to other activities such as the cost of smoking.
            There are few things as idiotic as smoking, so I am unsure if that was a good justification for genetic genealogy.

            How about this:

            The combination of traditional and genetic genealogy is so time consuming that the money spent doing it is significantly less than what one would otherwise end up spending on other activities during that same time.

            Btw, I can buy one tank full of diesel for the current cost of a Y-DNA-37.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vinnie View Post
              1798 was comparing the cost of this "hobby" to other activities such as the cost of smoking. From that perspective, I agree with him/her that the money I've spent on genetic testing has been much better spent than on other things, including other hobbies which can be just as expensive if not more.
              I have found smokers to be nicer people.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by darroll View Post
                I have found smokers to be nicer people.
                Than whom?

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                • #9
                  I was making the point that family history is not as expensive as other hobbies.Thats all.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by thormalen View Post
                    I have spent +- $1500 on DNA testing and what I have found is of such value to me that the $1500 is almost unimportant...I have found my father's people and even found my father. Being adopted with no information about myself past my date of birth...that black hole is now filled.
                    The cost was nothing compared to my gain. That equals +- 23 bottles of good 12 year old single mash. Ha. My liver is happy and I am happy.
                    Congratulations!!!!! I am also adopted, with no information regarding either bio-mother or bio-father. However, two bio-halfsisters located me and our relationship was confirmed by way of dna. They found me the old fashioned way through searching records. So now I know my bio-mother's side.

                    I started testing in December 2009 and so far have made no headway at all in locating my bio-father or any of his family closer than possibly a 4th cousin. That is so far back that it is almost impossible to track down since I have no reference for matches.

                    I keep hoping for a 1st cousin or closer match, but it has been exciting anyway.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JPHutchins View Post
                      Congratulations!!!!! I am also adopted, with no information regarding either bio-mother or bio-father. However, two bio-halfsisters located me and our relationship was confirmed by way of dna. They found me the old fashioned way through searching records. So now I know my bio-mother's side.

                      I started testing in December 2009 and so far have made no headway at all in locating my bio-father or any of his family closer than possibly a 4th cousin. That is so far back that it is almost impossible to track down since I have no reference for matches.

                      I keep hoping for a 1st cousin or closer match, but it has been exciting anyway.
                      Do you belong to the L48 subclade?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 1798 View Post
                        Do you belong to the L48 subclade?
                        I have no idea. I have tested to Y67+, and Family Finder, but I have not done any other testing.

                        You can see by my signature the haplogrouping that I have been given by FTDNA and 23andMe.

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                        • #13
                          Is that your predicted group or did you have a deep clade test with FTDNA?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 1798 View Post
                            Is that your predicted group or did you have a deep clade test with FTDNA?
                            You can clearly see from his 23andme that this is a predicted haplogroup here at FTDNA.

                            JPHutchins:
                            There is no longer a Deep Clade test, but if you have not already, I would suggest joining this project, which will refer you to the best project for your particular case:

                            http://www.familytreedna.com/public/...ection=results

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JPHutchins View Post
                              I have no idea. I have tested to Y67+, and Family Finder, but I have not done any other testing.

                              You can see by my signature the haplogrouping that I have been given by FTDNA and 23andMe.
                              A lot of people in R1b-U106 with a 23 at dys 390 and 13 at dys 492 are
                              R1b-L48.

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