SCGS: Genealogy Jamboree

Genetic Genealogy 2016
"The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016."
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Featured Luncheon Speaker
Michael F. Hammer, PhD.

"The Peopling of Europe" Approximately 12,000 years ago most of Europe was covered with ice so humans were forced into refugia in the southern areas. Ancient DNA findings are giving surprising clues to human migrations that led to the re-population of Europe.

Dr. Michael Hammer Michael Hammer, PhD, suggested the idea of setting up the first genetic genealogy for public testing of DNA in 1999. He is a research scientist in the ARL Division of Biotechnology at the University of Arizona with appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as the Director of the University of Arizona Genetics Core (UAGC) facility. Receiving his PhD in Genetics from the University of California at Berkley, he was a post-doctoral fellow and Princeton and Harvard Universities, where he pioneered the use of the Y-chromosome as a genealogical tool. His work has featured the first estimate of the Y-TMRCA, an African origin of human Y diversity and the first paper showing that Cohanim are descended from a single male ancestor.

Emily D. Aulicino, MA
Emily D. Aulicino, MA,
a genealogist since 1970, has given multiple presentations on genetic genealogy and writing family stories for a variety of cultural groups and internationally for WDYTYA, BTOP and Germany. She was interviewed for television, newspapers, and blogtalk radio. She writes two blogs and has published a book on genetic genealogy. Her articles have appeared in Irish Roots (Ireland) and genealogical societies’ publications. She is a speaker for the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG), and is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) and OGC.

TH004 DNA Your Paper Trail: An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
TH015 Verify, Correct, and Expand Your Lineage through DNA Testing
TH027 Meet the DNA Authors
James Bartlett, MS, PE
James V. Bartlett, MS, PE
has been an active genealogist since 1974, and the Administrator of the FTDNA BARTLETT-DNA Project since 2002. He has been using autosomal DNA tests from all three vendors since 2010 and currently has over 5,000 matching cousins who descend from most of his ancestry – over 300 with Common Ancestors – mapping over 90% of his genome. He is an avid fan of these powerful new DNA tools, and enjoys teaching them to other genealogists.

TH007 Intermediate DNA: Autosomal DNA - Specific Steps to Insure Success
TH018 Segment-ology: Learning about Autosomal DNA
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD.,
is an intellectual property attorney in upstate New York. He is the administrator of several DNA projects and the author of The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the longest-running blogs devoted to genetic genealogy and personal genomics.

TH017 The Genetic Genealogist as Citizen Scientist
TH031 Genetic Genealogy: Year in Review 2016
Katherine Borges
Katherine Hope Borges
is the Co-Founder and Director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), which promotes and educates about genetic genealogy to over 8,000 members in over 70 countries. She works to increase professional standards in the practice, research, and discussion of relevant issues in DNA testing, interpretation, and ethics. Katherine gives many presentations on genetic genealogy to groups across the United States, the United Kingdom and in Ireland.

TH003 Recruiting DNA in Europe
TH021 Why Y? Case Studies for Y-DNA Solutions

Shannon S. Christmas, MCP
, specializes in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, administrator of The Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Autosomal DNA Project, and a co-administrator of The Hemings-Jefferson-Wayles-Eppes Autosomal DNA Project. Shannon has a special interest in employing autosomal DNA to verify and extend pedigrees, assess the veracity of oral history, and reconstruct ancestral genomes.

TH020 Identity by Descent: Using DNA to Extend the African-American Pedigree
Janine Cloud
Janine Cloud
started on the phones at Family Tree DNA in 2011 and moved up to Customer Support Manager, then Group Projects Manager. A grade-school assignment to fill out a pedigree chart ignited her passion for family history and genealogy. That passion, combined with 30+ years of customer service experience got her in the door at FTDNA with a degree in theatre, where she quickly grasped the principles of genetic genealogy. In fact, her Allison cousins were among the earliest group projects. Janine is a fifth-generation Texan and a registered member of the Cherokee Nation.

TH008 FTDNA Group Projects: Putting the "Family" in Family Tree DNA
Kitty Munson Cooper
Kitty Munson Cooper
is well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started her blog in 2012 to keep track of her DNA and genealogy research. It includes numerous basic pictorial tutorials. The blog currently receives several thousand unique visitors a day.

TH002 How to Do a DNA Triangulation
TH014 DNA for Genealogists: Breaking Brick Walls
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
, journalist, genealogist and speaker, Schelly Talalay Dardashti has traced her family across Spain, Belarus, Russia, Lithuania and Iran for some 30 years. MyHeritage’s US Genealogy Advisor, former Jerusalem Post genealogy columnist and pioneer Jewish geneablogger, she created “Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook.' Her articles are in FamilyTree Magazine, Avotaynu, NGS Quarterly, The Forward, Hadassah and JTA, and she co-admininsters the Iberian Ashkenaz DNA Project at FTDNA.

TH012 Who Are We Really? The Iberian Ashkenaz DNA Project
David Dowell, PhD.David Dowell, PhD., was librarian for 35 years and has two degrees in history and two in library science. He has researched family histories since the 1960s. His most recent books are Crash Course in Genealogy (2011) and NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015). Previously he taught “Genealogy Research” and “Ethics in the Information Age” at Cuesta College and chaired the Genealogy Committee of the ALA. He blogs as “Dr. D Digs Up Ancestors” at and coordinates three DNA projects.

TH009 NextGen Y-SNP DNA Testing Can Illuminate Your Paternal Line
TH024 When Technology Conflicts with Human Values
TH027 Meet the DNA Authors
 Julie Granka Julie Granka, PhD., is a biologist and a statistician with expertise in genetics and evolution. Dr. Granka has experience developing and applying advanced computational tools to genetic data to understand population history and evolution. During fieldwork in South Africa, she collected and analyzed DNA samples from an African hunter-gatherer population to uncover the genetic basis of human height and skin pigmentation. Dr. Granka has also analyzed numerous other African populations to identify regions of the human genome where positive natural selection has occurred in recent history. In addition, she has studied the genetics of other organisms, including M. tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis. Dr. Granka received a B.S. in Biometry and Statistics from Cornell University, and afterwards received an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University.

TH013 Understanding Your DNA Results through Population Genetics
Tim Janzen
Tim Janzen, MD
is a family practice doctor at South Tabor Family Physicians in Portland, Oregon. Tim has had an interest in genealogical research for over 35 years. He and Glenn Penner are the administrators of the Mennonite DNA project at Tim has a strong interest in many areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regards to phasing and autosomal DNA analysis.

TH005 Family Finder, 23andme, and Ancestry DNA: An Introduction
TH011 Organizing All of Your Autosomal DNA Match List Data
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG®, CGL®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS,
who has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, wrote the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. He started tracing his family history in 1963 and now works full-time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and teacher. He teaches week-long genealogy courses at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. Audiences typically leave his lectures understanding that genealogical research can be more challenging than they had thought, but also that it can be much more fun.

TH022 Using Autosomal DNA to Solve a Family Mystery
Linda Parker Magellan
Linda Parker Magellan
is an independent Professional Genetic Genealogy Consultant who has traveled internationally assisting individuals in the discovery of their ancestry through the use of DNA testing. Linda is a founding member of the International Society for Genetic Genealogy and has long regarded education a priority and continues to develop professionally through workshops, conferences, and continuing education coursework.

TH003 Recruiting DNA in Europe

Stephen P. Morse, PhD,
Stephen P. Morse, PhD,
is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. In his other life he is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086, which sparked the PC revolution 35 years ago.

TH006 From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask
TH029 Genealogy beyond the Y Chromosome: Autosomes Exposed

Nicka J. Smith
Nicka J. Smith,
is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 17 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

TH025 Tracing Native American Ancestry with Genealogy and DNA
Diahan SouthardDiahan Southard, a microbiology graduate, worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

TH001 Genetic Genealogy and Your Health
TH026 Circles or Triangles? What Shape Is Your DNA?
Miguel Vilar, PhD
Miguel Vilar, PhD,
is the Science Manager for National Geographic's Genographic Project. He is also a molecular anthropologist and science writer. His fieldwork has taken him to remote places throughout the South Pacific, East Africa, Mesoamerica, South America and the Caribbean. In the laboratory he researches the modern genetic diversity of human populations from Melanesia, Micronesia, North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Miguel has been published in several anthropology and genetics journals, as well as popular science magazines.

TH019 Finding Deep Ancestry with National Geographic's Geno 2.0 Next Generation
Randy WhitedRandy Whited, an avid researcher for over thirty years, is active in the genealogical community. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Randy chairs its Technology committee and is also a columnist for the FGS FORUM. Randy also serves as President of the Texas State Genealogical Society. A data and technology junkie, Randy has over 20 years of experience in information technology and business intelligence.

TH023 Reconstructing Grandparent DNA Using Sibling Results

Paul Alan Woodbury
Paul Alan Woodbury,
is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied Genetics and Family History. He currently works as an outreach manager and DNA specialist for Legacy Tree Genealogists. He also works as an online course developer for Salt Lake Community College. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on research topics related to these fields.

TH010 Developing a DNA Testing Plan
TH030 Autosomal DNA: Considerations for Endogamous Populations