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"Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014"

7:00 a.m. to
8:00 a.m.
TH000B - Registration - Registration for "Family History and DNA" will be held in the main foyer of the Convention Center. Please enter through the front door of the Convention Center. Coffee and pastries will be available for purchase through Marriott concessions.
8:00 a.m. to
9:30 a.m.

TH000 - Maurice Gleeson - "How DNA will Change the Face of Irish Genealogy" Since genetic genealogy emerged as a new science, many researchers (both academics and Citizen Scientists) have been exploring the genetic signature of the Irish. With a diaspora of over 70 million people worldwide, and 12% of Americans claiming Irish Ancestry, the research that has been ongoing in and around Ireland has direct application to a great many people worldwide. Maurice Gleeson summarizes some of the seminal work that has been undertaken over the past ten years in Ireland. He assesses the impact DNA testing has had on Irish genealogy, looks forward to what the next ten years will hold and explores how it will change the face of genealogy as we know it.

10:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m.

TH001 - Stephen Morse - "DNA and Genetic Genealogy: Everything you Wanted to Know but were Afraid to Ask." An introduction to genetic genealogy, covering such basic topics as genes, chromosomes, and DNA, and showing how these can be used for genealogical purposes.

TH002 - Cheri Mello - "Making the Connection between Your Family Tree and DNA." A brief overview of DNA and its applications will segue into learning how to maximize the results by generating a Gedcom to pinpoint the common ancestor.

TH003 - CeCe Moore - "Real World Stories from the Desk of a DNA Detective." DNA testing is revealing unexpected surprises in the trees of many genealogists, involving both immediate and more distant ancestors. These surprises often lead to fascinating stories that could never have been unearthed without DNA and this new-found knowledge has taught us that our family trees on paper may not always be the same as our true genetic genealogy. After learning of its potential to reveal and unravel complex family relationships, many are flocking to DNA testing to solve their own family mysteries. Actual cases from the presenter’s own files will be shared.

TH004 - Tim Janzen, MD - "Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls." This presentation will describe innovative techniques to organize and analyze your autosomal DNA matching segment data and describe how to map your genome. Concepts such as phasing and triangulation will be introduced. Examples of challenging genealogical research questions that have solved using autosomal DNA will be given. It would be best if attendees have taken at least one autosomal DNA test such as 23andMe’s test, Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder, or Ancestry.com’s AncestryDNA test prior to this presentation.

11:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m.



TH005 - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG - "Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing." Autosomal DNA testing is the new kid on the block. Learn more about this exciting addition to the toolkit of 21st century genealogists. What's in it for you, and how can you make the most of this test?

TH006 - Katherine Hope Borges - "Lineage Societies and DNA Testings." The DAR has begun accepting DNA evidence in proving Revolutionary War ancestors. Come learn more about this important change.

TH007 - Diahan Southard - "Lab Tour: How Your Data is Generated and Analyzed." Wondering how mtDNA, YDNA, and autosomal DNA testing is conducted and analyzed? In this virtual lab tour we will evaluate real data, understand the hardware and the software used to generate that data, and how it effects the reports you receive.

TH008 - Maurice Gleeson - "How to Run a DNA Surname Project on FamilyTreeDNA." FamilyTreeDNA has over 7700 surname projects run by volunteers. However, for many people, managing and analyzing the data in their project can be problematic and it is easy to get 'bogged down'. This presentation describes a practical step-by-step approach to running a surname project, drawing on the experience of some of the bigger surname projects run as part of One-Name Studies in Britain and Ireland.

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. TH009 - Panel Discussion featuring representatives of all major testing companies. "Peering into the Future of Genetic Genealogy." What new DNA tests or tools will be available to genealogists in the next year? The next five years? Where is the field of genetic genealogy heading? Listen to this panel of experts talk about what the future of genetic genealogy may hold in store for you!" Panel Blaine Bettinger, JD - moderator. Panelists: Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA; Joanna Mountain of 23andMe; a representative of AncestryDNA; and Diahan Southard, Genetic Genealogy Consultant.

2:15 p.m. to
3:15 p.m.

TH010 - Blaine Bettinger, JD - "Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry." For years, genealogists have focused on Y-DNA and mtDNA, unable to access the wealth of information in the remainder of their DNA. At long last, new autosomal DNA tests reveal this hidden information. Genealogists can use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems, including adoption.

TH011 - Bonny Robinson Cook- "Genealogy and DNA: Messages from Your Ancestors - What they Tell Us." This session provides basic information about genetic genealogy, how it works and what it can be used for. Discussion about what it can and cannot tell you. The presentation gives overviews of the five types of DNA tests (test company neutral).

TH012 - Bennett Greenspan - Family Tree DNA - "Next-Generation Sequencing: Advances in Y-Chromosome Analysis." Since 1999, surname projects and one-name studies have used Y-DNA to trace paternal ancestry. Surnames are a relatively recent development and not always an accurate indicator of relatedness. Next-Generation Y sequencing facilitates deeper exploration of ancestry and paternal origins.

TH013 - Kathy Johnston, MD - "Finding Treasure on the X Chromosome: What Genealogists Need to Know." The X chromosome has a unique pattern of inheritance. A male gets his X chromosome from his mother only. A female gets two X chromosomes, one from each parent. Kathy will be speaking on the basic science and practical uses for the X chromosome in genealogy. Learn how to create an X chromosome pedigree chart and how it can be used to narrow the playing field to locate ancestors in common. A success story will be discussed. Find out what is new in 2014.

3:30 p.m. to
4:30 p.m.


TH014 - Alice Fairhurst - "Tracing Genealogy through Y-DNA." Male Y-DNA STR testing finds matches along surname lines. Additional SNP testing can help pinpoint geographical locations of origin.

TH015 - Maurice Gleeson. - "Which DNA Test is Best for You?" The DNA test that is best for you depends on the type of question you want to answer. This presentation will look at the 3 main types of DNA test and how each of them can help you answer a specific question in relation to your own family tree research.

TH016 - AncestryDNA

TH017 - CeCe Moore - "Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors in You." As genealogists, we have all invested a significant amount of time and effort searching for information about our ancestors. Rapidly advancing genetic technologies have now made it possible to discover more about our ancestors and in ways we never could have imagined. CeCe will demonstrate the methods that the experts use to get the most out of their results, including chromosome mapping and applications for adoption and African American genealogy. Examples from CeCe’s research will be shared to demonstrate the potential for using autosomal DNA to discover more about our ancestors.

5:00 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.

TH018 - Diahan Southard - "YDNA, mtDNA, and Autosomal Case Studies." Do you feel like DNA testing for genealogy is long on explanation and short on results? Come explore case studies for mtDNA, YDNA, and autosomal DNA and learn how this powerful tool has assisted others in their genealogical journeys.

TH019 - Bonny Robinson Cook. "Brickwall Y-DNA Study." Get all the tips for using Y-DNA to break down family history brick walls or provide clues to move your research ahead. Examples are based on surnames Lincoln, Robinson, Cook, Drucquer/ Drukker.

TH020 - Joanna Mountain, PhD. "Putting all the Genetic Pieces Together to Solve Family Mysteries." DNA provides multiple pieces of our ancestral story, and putting together those pieces can be a challenge. This presentation will cover the different types of evidence from DNA, as well as some examples of how people have put together the pieces to successfully solve family mysteries or make family discoveries. The focus will be on the interpretive features provided by 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service.

TH021 - Tim Janzen, MD - "Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls." This presentation will describe how to use autosomal DNA tests to solve genealogical questions. Multiple examples of challenging genealogical research questions that have solved using autosomal DNA analysis will be given. It would be best if attendees have taken at least one autosomal DNA test such as 23andMe’s test, Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder, or Ancestry.com’s AncestryDNA test prior to this presentation.

  The final hour of the day will be devoted to Q&A and personal assistance by each of the three major DNA testing companies.


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