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Affiliate programs are a way for people to earn money by placing links or ads online. I will not link to an item or service just for the commission.

I may link to products or services I have not personally used but believe would benefit readers. Why? There are so many genealogy resources out there, I just can't buy all of them! This policy differs from many non-genealogy bloggers so I'm including some examples below so you understand why.

  • I may link to a webinar or course from an instructor I know well, even if I have not taken the exact course. I am very careful about the "education" I recommend but it is not financially possible to have taken every opportunity (we're not talking $8 products from Amazon, here!).
  • I will recommend mtDNA tests from FamilyTreeDNA. I have not had anyone take a mtDNA test but I am very familiar with FamilyTreeDNA and I will use them when I do choose to have someone take a mtDNA test.
  • I will recommend books that I hear recommended by others I respect or by authors I know. It seems unfair to avoid recommending a book I earn a commission for recommending, just for that reason, if I would recommend it to you otherwise.
Also, I just like making suggestions that might be helpful, that's just me. If I come across something on Amazon that sounds helpful and has good reviews, I want to share it, even if I haven't used it. I do this "in real life" all the time and I don't get a commission. I try to be very clear when this is the situation and I'll ask you to let me know if you've used the product and liked it (or not).

The following are the affiliate programs this blog participates in.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

I am an affiliate for FamilyTreeDNA. I receive a commission for sales made after clicking links or ads. I have personally used them for Y-DNA testing and their FamilyFinder test and continue to use them.

I am an affiliate for
  • GenealogyBank
  • LinkShare (various advertisers)
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  • Share-A-Link (various advertisers)
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and receive a commission for sales made after clicking a link or ad.

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