Latest Threlkeld News
The latest news and updates about the Threlkeld One-Name Study,
plus occasional at-a-glance snippets about family history happenings

Considered now in post-beta mode, basic testing was completed yesterday following significant platform and application upgrades that had been pending completion of certain content modules. Pre-registrants are being notified and, assuming no significant issues are discovered in the meantime, search engine indexing will begin as of February 21.

There are several internet domain names associate with the Threlkeld One-Name Study. For reference, and if one of these might be most useful in telling others about the site:

Following several delays—only a few of which were technical in nature—the doors to the Threlkeld One-Name Study website will be unlocked on February 15. We will be opening without a couple of the planned features, but these are more cosmetic than essential.

Those who have pre-registered will receive email notification when the site is ready for final testing. The plan is to open on the 15th, but not to present the site for search engine indexing for a few more days, just to make certain there are no undiscovered glitches to iron out first.

Thanks for being patient. And let's hope summer 2018 brings only a mild hurricane season.

Hurricane Harvey came ashore 200 miles south along the Texas coast from Houston, but the greater metropolitan area was in the sights of the "dirty," northeast side of the storm. Massive bands of rain being spun in off the Gulf of Mexico have brought tornadoes and over 3 trillion gallons of rain. This is the greatest flood event in Houston since records have been kept, already exceeding the previous 1949 record levels, with more rain still to come.

Travel within the Greater Houston area is extremely difficult if not, in some cases, impossible. The Threlkeld One-Name Study's webserver is located in Salt Lake City in a Tier 3 data center, and will not be impacted by this weather event. However, our work on website development from Houston is suspended until at least Thursday, August 31. We will accept registration applications during that time, but they will not be processed until the 31st at the earliest. Thank you for your patience during this 500-year weather event.

On Saturday August 26th at 8:00 p.m. EDT (Sunday August 27th 10:00 a.m. AEST) WikiTree LiveCasts will welcome Paul Bech to discuss the various Australia-related projects underway at WikiTree, plus take audience questions about anything concerning genealogy in Australia and New Zealand.

Watch the free, live YouTube broadcast at Visit to see a complete list of past and planned WikiTree LiveCasts.

"Family Trees and the Rain King" answers a question about the title of the blog, Counting Chromosomes, with unrequested insight into random music playlists, numbly staring at lists of words, and a rather Neanderthalian creative process.

To be fair, the creative logic here—simplistic though it may be—is still far more evident than in any television commercial for perfumes and colognes. Do all those companies use the same advertising firm? And do any of those commercials amount to anything but seemingly random images and often even more random words that never have anything to do with desirability of scent? Never mind....

The largest sale of the year at Family Tree DNA, the Friends & Family Summer Sale, will continue through August 31. The sale cover almost all new and upgrade DNA testing kits. Of particular note is that this is the lowest price ever offered, $375, the the Y-chromosome full SNP sequence test called the BigY (note that this cannot be purchased as a new kit, but only as an upgrade option for men who have already taken a yDNA test).

In addition to yDNA and mtDNA tests, the popular autosomal test, Family Finder, is on sale for 30% off regular price. If you've been thinking of purchasing a new DNA test, this is an excellent time. See the Family Tree DNA Friends & Family Summer Sale for more information.

"The Best-laid Schemes o' Mice an' Men Gang aft Agley": a rather farfetched explanation as to why the opening of the Threlkeld One-Name Study website was moved to 21 August 2017 in order to coincide with the Great American Solar Eclipse. Some purported tie-in to the alignment of the Castlerigg Stone Circle near Threlkeld, Cumbria, England.

(Hint: the real reason is that the slacker web-head is a month late getting stuff done. Has nothing to do with the eclipse.)

Items of interest at Please use the search bar below the ads to locate specific products:

Please note that we offer links through affiliate programs like If you choose to purchase via one of these links, we earn a small referral fee to help maintain our operations, and you never pay a single penny more than you would if you didn't link through us. Thanks for looking.