Welcome to the Slaven Genealogy Exchange! Our purpose is to be a central location to collect and exchange information for Slaven, Slevin, Slavin, Slavey, and other surname variations. As a registered one-name study, the scope of this exchange is world wide. We hope there's something here for the beginning genealogist, the old hand, and the merely curious!
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A quick update before I go out-of-town for a few days: we have a new Y-DNA result in the basic and extended results tables. There's also a new person in autosomal DNA registry.


A couple of the hottest bargains from Black Friday/Cyber Monday are gone, but everyone still has sale prices on:
  • The DNA test at Ancestry.com is $69 through Dec. 14.
  • 23andMe tests are on sale through Dec. 26, at $79 for the ancestry only test, or $149 for the ancestry plus health test.
  • FamilyTreeDNA has sale prices through Dec. 31 on FamilyFinder, and on new Y-DNA tests and upgrades-- prices below. BUT if you're planning on ordering a test or upgrade, contact me first! FTDNA is also sending coupon codes to users, and a Facebook group is sharing unused codes. At this writing, I could give someone a coupon for an additional $20 off a Y37, Y67 or Y111, or $5 off FamilyFinder.
  • LivingDNA, a new kid on the block, has their autosomal test on sale for $99, or $60 off the regular price. I didn't see an expiration date.
    Family Finder (FF) $59 Y12 - 37  $69 
    Y-37  $129  Y25 - 37  $35 
    Y-67  $229  Y37 - 67  $79 
    Y-111  $299  Y37 - 111  $168 
    FF + Y-37  $178  Y67 - 111  $99 
    FF + Y-67 $278 Y-111 to Big Y  $475 

    Older News.
    • We have another new member in the Slaven DNA Project, an Aussie with County Donegal roots that's a good match for our "Group B" members in the Y-DNA test.
    • He's also in the registry of autosomal DNA participants, so see if he's a match for you at GEDmatch!
    We have four new entries in the autosomal DNA registry. Check them out-- maybe they connect to your family line! If you have done the AncestryDNA, Family Finder, 23andMe's ancestry test, or other autosomal DNA test, send me your information so you can be added to the table. (Hint: this could be very valuable in enabling your Slaven/etc. cousins to find you if you don't have a family tree linked to your results!)

    We tested an individual Y-DNA STR marker at YSEQ to see if the marker (which is tested by Family Tree DNA but not the lab used for this member's test several years ago) matched the value shared by descendants of John Slavens, b. ca. 1795 Tennessee, William H. Slavens, b. ca. 1817 in Tennesse, and another descendant of Jacob Slavens, born ca. 1818 in Tennessee. And it did! It appears that a value of 38-38 for marker CD-Y is indicative of common descent-- could it be from William or Daniel Slavens, sons of John and Elizabeth (Stuart) Slaven who moved to Tennessee late in the 18th century?

    We have a new Y-DNA project member; check out his results on the results page and the extended results page. This is a very interesting result. The participant is another with early 19th century Tennessee/Illinois roots, like the participants descended from Jacob Slavens b. 1818 Tennessee and William Slavens b. 1817 Tennessee.

    Some obituaries, photos, and other information for Slaven family members from Oak Hill, West Virginia. Check out this interesting hundred year old letter showing what it was like to do genealogy back in the days before computers and the internet!

    We have a two new members in our "Group C" in the Y-DNA project (brothers), a family line with roots in Dromore, County Tyrone, (Northern) Ireland. See the results on the basic results and extended results pages. We're also adding new participants to the autosomal DNA registry, the Slaven Cousins DNA Registry.

    Slaven DNA Project members - if you changed email addresses, please update your email at FamilyTreeDNA (if that's where you tested) and let me know as well. I sent a mass email about autosomal DNA testing and about ten email addresses were bad. If you've forgotten your FTDNA login information, I can probably help with that.

    The Slaven (& etc.) DNA Project is ramping up the Autosomal DNA Registry. If you have taken an autosomal DNA test, like the AncestryDNA test at Ancestry (they sold 1.3 million of them during the Christmas season!), FamilyFinder at FamilyTreeDNA, the Ancestry test at 23andMe, or the DNA test at MyHeritage, please consider sharing your information with the Registry. The idea is that your unknown cousins may be considering taking a test, and if they find your entry here it could encourage them to test, and test at the same company! (While cross-company matching can be done by uploading results to GEDmatch, not everyone does so. Keeping checking back, as I'm actively pursuing a few people that I know have tested and are looking for lost cousins!

    Speaking of genealogical DNA testing, there's a relatively (no pun intended) new UK-based company offering testing, currently focused on "ethnicity" type results (i.e. what percentage of your ancestry is western European, what percentage Eastern European, etc.) but with the promise of person to person matching down the road. This holds promise if they can attract a large UK and European base, as Ancestry, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA are heavily U.S.-oriented. However, check out CeCe Moore's blog post about the company for more information before sending for a kit.

    Also, I'll keep building out the autosomal DNA introduction page with additional links to blog posts and other pages, so keep checking back for new information.

    Although I've mostly been working on a different family line the last couple months and neglecting the Slavens.net site, I have added a few more news items and obituaries.

    About this site

    Real Genealogy - Not Just Links This is a private, noncommercial educational site for the free exchange of information. It is not associated with Ancestry, Rootsweb, MyFamily, or any commercial site. (That means no banner ads, no pop-up or pop-under windows, no unsolicited email!)

    All content on this site is believed to be compliant with U.S. copyright law and Fair Use provisions.

    Because the site is an outgrowth of my personal research, it's tilted towards the Slavens surname. But that's easily fixed-- contribute your Slavin, Slevin, etc. data for the site! Here are some of the types of information that you can share:

    Census transcriptions Census returns can be a gold mine of information for both the beginning and the experienced researcher, but many people don't have easy access to films. Finding your family in a transcription here makes requesting a film or a lookup much more worthwhile, so won't you share? We need people who have access to their state's Soundex indexes and are willing to transcribe the Slaven(s), Slavin, Slevin, etc. entries! It's S415 and you'll see about 20 Sullivans for each Slaven.

    Biographies and reminiscences Share the bios from county history books, reminiscences from ancestors, old family letters, your own memories, the family history that was written for a reunion decades ago...

    Obituaries Transcriptions of obituaries and death notices.

    Photographs Share family photos, or photos of grave sites. Photos continue to be the most popular items on the site.

    Links Do you have or know of a family-related site? Does a GenWeb county site offer information on a branch of the family? Share it here!

    Other help! Other information that doesn't fit the categories above is also welcome.

    All corrections, suggestions, criticisms, etc. are welcome too! Be sure to put Slaven, Slavin, and something meaningful in the subject line-- I get tons of spam so an email with no subject or "Hi!" will probably be deleted unread!

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