SCGS: Genealogy Jamboree
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
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These special workshops are only open to registrants of Genetic Genealogy or at least one day of Jamboree.
Separate Registration Fees Apply. Limited Seating. All workshops include instruction and are interactive.
All workshops rooms are set up classroom style with tables and chairs. All have electrical hook-ups for laptops and tablets.
Thursday, June 8

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

TH-A - Making the Back Story Come Alive
Uniquely engage family members through the use of video to share the compelling and evocative stories featured in your genealogy research. From short web clips to full length documentaries, learn how to curate, craft, and execute a strategy to get your families stories off of paper and into motion. Level: Beg. (Nicka J. Smith) Participants are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets to the workshop. Limited to 40 participants.
  TH-B - Artifact Archeology: Explore Family History Heirlooms and Ephemera
Uncover your ancestors’ stories in personal and public collections. Join expert family treasure-hunters Denise Levenick and Gena Philibert Ortega to find and analyze the genealogical value of artifacts and everyday ephemera: fraternal and church rosters, ration books, letters, pins, and recipes. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Denise May Levenick, MA, Gena Philibert-Ortega) Participants are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets to the workshop. Limited to 40 participants.
TH-C - Advanced iPad Class
This is condensed from a 6 hour course covering advanced features of an iPad. This workshop will cover using your iPad for photo, scanning, audio recording, word processing and many more advanced topics. Level: Int., Adv. (Katie M. Gertz) Participants MUST bring iPads to the workshop. Limited to 28 participants.
2:15 pm – 4:15 pm
TH-D - From Research Question to Report: The Process from A to Z
Witness and practice the specific steps needed to go from a research question through research planning, research, and writing. This workshop will let you practice the techniques presented on a question of your choosing. Level: Beg., Int. (Elissa Scalise Powell, CGsm, CGLsm) Participants are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets to the workshop. Limited to 40 participants.
  TH-E - Hunting Answers to Ethical Dilemmas Faced by 21st Century Genealogists
Take 90 minutes to join a discussion on the ethical issues of today’s family historians. We will examine on-line as well as hard copy materials, usage, copyright and plagiarism problems, where to get reliable information, and as much as time will allow. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA) Participants are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets to the workshop. Limited to 40 participants.
  TH-F - Sign of the Times: Timelines in Genealogy
Timelines are very visual. Creating a multi-columned matrix can help you focus on missing gaps, seemingly contradictory information, previously invisible relationships, and so much more. Color-coding or other distinguishing methods can also highlight locale or surname overlaps, related records, etc. Level:`Beg., Int., Adv. (Diane L. Richard) Participants are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets to the workshop. If you will not have a laptop/tablet with a word processing program, please do bring paper and pen/pencil.

Please bring some information about your family [a small collection of unprocessed documents, if possible] - either related to a brick wall, a particular family branch that you are struggling with or something else where creating a timeline might have relevance for you.

The workshop will walk, as a group, through a "real" family and its records and create in real-time a timeline matrix. Time will be available for a hands-on opportunity where you, the participants, start creating a timeline specific to your own research and receive real-time assistance. Don't worry if you aren't able to bring some of your families papers (or you forget to pack them - it happens), I will have papers from another "real" family that you can "adopt" as your own for the purposes of the hands-on exercise. You can either work individually, with a buddy, or in small groups. Limited to 28 participants.
Friday, June 9

8:30 am- 12:00 pm

FR-A - I've Tested, but What NOW?
Understand the results of the three major DNA tests, including the X-chromosome and learn how to prepare your genealogy to share with your matches. Understand how to contact matches and how to get the most from your testing to find those common ancestors. Level: Beg., Int. (Emily D. Aulicino, MA)

Learn what you can do before contacting your matches to assist you in finding the common ancestor you share with your match. Discover what to do when your matches contact you first, and the steps to follow when contacting your matches. Laptops/tablets will be useful in this workshop. Bring copies of your DNA testing results from 23andMe, Ancestry, and/or Family Tree DNA to the workshop. Limited to 60 participants.
  FR-B -Third-Party Tools for Autosomal DNA
A hands-on workshop that guides attendees step-by-step through third-party tools such as GEDmatch. Level: Int., Adv. (Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD)

Laptops are are very strongly encouraged in this workshop, as Dr. Bettinger will ask you to periodically complete tasks online. You must have an account at GEDmatch and have a raw data file uploaded to GEDmatch.

Instructions from Dr. Bettinger: In order to maximize the use of everyone's time for this workshop I request that everyone do the following prior to the workshop:

1. Test yourself and/or a family member at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA.

2. Create an account at GEDmatch (www.gedmatch.com) and upload at least one raw data file from 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, or AncestryDNA's test to GEDmatch for yourself and any family members (preferably raw data files from AncestryDNA or Family Tree DNA).

3. Create an account at DNAGedcom (www.dnagedcom.com). If you've tested at Family Tree DNA, consider downloading your data to DNAGedcom prior to the workshop (https://www.dnagedcom.com/FamilyTreeDNA/Process.aspx).

4. Optional: A month to a few weeks prior to the workshop, make at least a $10 donation to GEDmatch so that you are able to be a Tier 1 member of GEDmatch during the workshop.

I will have presentations prepared in case WiFi access is poor or one or more of the third-party tools are unavailable or slow during the presentation. Email me at blainebettinger@gmail.com if you have questions. Limited to 45 participants.

  FR-C - Autosomal DNA Chromosome Mapping and Phasing Workshop
This workshop will review ways in which autosomal DNA can be mapped so that DNA segments may be attributed to individual ancestors. Participants will be shown how to begin or continue the process of mapping their DNA. In addition, techniques for phasing their DNA will be demonstrated. Level: Adv. (Tim P. Janzen, MD) Participants need to bring laptops to the workshop loaded with Excel or other spreadsheet program.

Instructions from Dr. Janzen: I realize that the attendees at this workshop will have varying amounts of data that they can accurately map. In order to maximize the use of everyone's time for this workshop I would suggest that everyone do the following if at all feasible prior to the workshop:

1. Test at least one of your parents or one of your children (in addition to yourself) with an autosomal test if at all possible. Testing at 23andMe and/or with Family Tree DNA's Family Finder test are preferable to Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA test for the purposes of this workshop.

2. Upload at least one raw data file from 23andMe, Family Finder, or Ancestry.com's test to GEDmatch for yourself and for a parent or child (assuming that they are available for testing). If you have tested other known relatives, then also upload their data to GEDmatch, particularly if they have only tested at Ancestry.com.

3. Download your aggregate matching segment data from Family Finder from the chromosome browser feature as well as from 23andMe's DNA comparison tool within 3 to 4 days prior to the workshop. Also do this for any parents or children that you have tested.

4. Contact all of your closest matches at 23andMe, in Family Finder, and at Ancestry.com and encourage them to upload their raw data files to GEDmatch.

5. Make at least a $10 donation to GEDmatch prior to the workshop so that you are able to be a Tier 1 member there prior to the workshop. Then download your matching segment file from GEDmatch using the Tier 1 utility "Matching Segment Search." I suggest you use a 5 cM/500 SNP threshold for this download. Also do this for any parents or children that you have tested.

6. If you aren't already familiar with the program Excel, become familiar with the basic features of that program prior to the workshop and have it installed on your laptop or tablet. Other spreadsheet programs that can handle CSV files are also reasonable to use if you would prefer to use a different program other than Excel.

7. If you have tested at 23andMe I suggest you contact as many of your matches in DNA Relatives as feasible prior to the workshop and ask them to share genomes with you at the basic level.

8. Bring all of the appropriate downloaded spreadsheets referred to above with you to the workshop. Also bring the passwords to accounts of any of the relatives you have tested.

Those of you who don't have very much data to map can work on creating consolidated matching segment data files if you haven't already created them. I will try to give as much individual help as feasible during the workshop.

Limited to 35 participants.

FR-D - Using the Tools at GEDmatch and DNAgedcom to Solve Adoption Issues
Bring your computer or tablet and learn how to use these two web sites and other tools to find biological parents via DNA. Whether you are adopted or helping an adoptee or looking for an unknown father, these techniques have succeeded and helped many find their birth families. Level: Beg., Int. (Kitty Munson Cooper)

Bring your laptop and learn how to use these two web sites and other tools to find biological parents via DNA. Whether you are adopted or helping an adoptee or looking for an unknown father these techniques have succeeded and helped many find their birth families.

Instructions: Best to bring your laptop rather than a tablet. In order to maximize the use of everyone's time for this workshop I request that everyone do the following prior to the workshop:

1. Test yourself or the adoptee at all three of 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA. (n.b. older tests from 23andMe and AncestryDNA may be eligible for transfer to Family Tree DNA)

2. Create an account at GEDmatch (www.gedmatch.com) and upload at least one raw data file from 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, or AncestryDNA's test to GEDmatch for the adoptee (preferably raw data files from AncestryDNA else Family Tree DNA).

3. Create an account at DNAGedcom (www.dnagedcom.com). Make the $5 donation and download the client from https://www.dnagedcom.com/app/publish.htm

4. Optional: A month to a few weeks prior to the workshop, make at least a $10 donation to GEDmatch so that you are able to be a Tier 1 member of GEDmatch during the workshop.

5. You need some sort of spreadsheet software, such as Excel or the spreadsheet in the freeware Open Office.

Limited to 35 participants.

  FR-E - Getting Your Feet Wet: Genetic Genealogy Case Study Workshop
Apply your genetic genealogy skills in this hands-on workshop. Using your own results and a case study, interpret ethnicity admixture, collaborate with genetic cousins, create genetic networks, organize your DNA matches, estimate approximate relationships, and make the most of your test results. Level: Int., Adv. (Paul Alan Woodbury)

Participants need to bring laptops/tablets to the workshop (laptops preferred).

1. Students need to have taken an autosomal DNA test and have accessible results with at least one of the following companies: Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, or MyHeritageDNA. In order to ensure that they have test results to use by the time of the class, this test should be submitted to the company of interest at least 3 months prior to the conference.

2. If students have taken a test at 23andMe and plan to use those results for this class, then they should send sharing invitations to all of their genetic cousins who are estimated 3rd-6th cousins or closer.

3. If students plan to use their AncestryDNA test results, then they should purchase a insights subscription to obtain complete access to their test results.

4. Students should have some type of spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel, or should have access to a Google account where they can use Google Sheets.

5. Students should set up a free account at Gedmatch.com.

Highly recommended, but not required:
6. Set up an account at DNAGedcom (www.dnagedcom.com).

7. Donate $5 to DNAGedcom.com in order to obtain access to the DNAGedcomClient tool for the class (Instructions at https://www.dnagedcom.com/doc/welcome-to-the-dnagedcom-client/).

8. Transfer test results to Gedmatch.com.

Limited to 28 participants.

Sunday, June 11

8:00 am – 9:30 am

SU-A - Spreadsheets 101 Workshop – An Excel-lent Hands-on Tutorial
Learn some tricks and tools for using Excel for genealogy: how to deal with pre-1900 dates; how to import data from Ancestry, FamilySearch and other websites; how to wrap text, split columns, sort, find, use color and more. Bring your laptop to this hands-on workshop! Level: Beg., Int. (Mary Kircher Roddy) You must have access to Excel on your laptop or tablet during this class. Limited to 28 participants.
10:00 am – 11:30 am
SU-B - The Latest FREE Non-Genealogy Smart Phone Apps for Genealogists
The only thing we can count on is change – learn about the latest in FREE smart phone apps (most for android, but some for iPhone and tablet) that you would never find because they are not marketed to genealogists . . . but they are perfect for our needs! Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Lynn A (Butch) Hibben, CLA) Bring your smart phone to this class. Limited to 28 participants.