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
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
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 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, 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 (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com),
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 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 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 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, journalist, genealogist
and speaker, Schelly Talalay Dardashti has traced her family across Spain, Belarus,
Russia, Lithuania and Iran for some 30 years. MyHeritages 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
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 http://blog.ddowell.com
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, 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
TH013 Understanding Your DNA Results through Population Genetics
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 www.mennonitedna.com. Tim has a strong interest in many
areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regards to phasing and autosomal
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,
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 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, 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, 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
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
TH001 Genetic Genealogy and Your Health
TH026 Circles or Triangles? What Shape Is Your DNA?
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
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, 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