Monday, 1 September 2008

DNA discounts extended

I was very pleased to learn from Family Tree DNA that their Sizzling Summer Sale has now been extended until 30th September. Full details of the discounted prices can be found on the DNA Project website. The reduced prices for the last two weeks of August have already helped bring a few more people into the DNA Project, and we now have 33 participants from six different countries (England, France, Australia, Canada, America and Cambodia). Many people will have been on holiday in August so I hope that the extension of the sale will encourage a few more people to take part.

The sale couldn't have come at a better time as I have just had an article about DNA testing published in the September 2008 issue of the Berkshire Family Historian, the journal of the Berkshire Family History Society. The only Cruse in the BFHS is already a member of the project, but I hope that the publicity might help to attract some further interest. Dennis Wright has kindly made the article available on his website and a slightly expanded edition of the original article can now be found online here.

2 comments:

Tonya said...

are you only interested in the scruse due to the relationship to that famous jackson family

Debbie Kennett said...

Hi Tonya, No the Jacksons are an interesting aside. Scruse is a variant of the surname Cruse. The surname Scruse is also found in Wiltshire and you can see in the parish registers how the surname changed from Cruse to Scruse:

http://cruwys.blogspot.com/search/label/Scruse

In America the surname Crews changed to Screws. It's fascinating to see the way that surnames have evolved over the years. The English Scruse who has taken a DNA test does not however match with the American Screwses, but I'm hoping in due course that we will discover the origin of the American Screws line.