SCGS: Genealogy Jamboree
Genetic Genealogy 2017: "Diving Into DNA."

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Schedule

Convention Center Lobby Tables - DNA Day / Workshop Registration Check-in: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Convention Center Lobby Tables - Jamboree Pre-Registration Check-in: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Convention Center Lobby - Used Book set up: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Used Book sales: 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Patio (On the Green) - Concession Food Sales: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Academy One - Exhibitor Setup: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
TH-G - Tour of The Autry Museum - Meet at the NW corner of the Convention Center: 9:15 AM  Return 2:00 PM
Thursday DNA Luncheon: 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Thursday, June 8
8:15 am - 8:30 am Welcome and Announcements
  Note: See the Workshop Schedule of events happening Thursday morning.
8:30 am - 9:30 am
TH001 Using Autosomal DNA Results from Cousin Clusters in Your Research
Using DNA results from clusters of cousins dramatically improves the predictive power of autosomal DNA testing to solve genealogical research questions. Multiple examples of the use of DNA results from clusters of cousins to predict genealogical relationships will be included in this presentation. Level: Adv. (Tim Janzen, MD)

TH002 DNA Testing Basics for Genealogists
DNA testing is an invaluable new tool in the genealogist's kit. This presentation explains the basic tests and how to use them to solve genealogical puzzles. Level: Beg., Int. (Kitty Munson Cooper)

TH003 Beyond Ethnicity Results: How DNA Connects Us to Our Past
DNA is passed down from generation to generation, creating a record of both our distant and more recent past. Come learn about advances the AncestryDNA team has made that will connect you to more specific stories about your own family history. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Ross Curtis, PhD of Ancestry)

TH004 Diving In from the Other Side: European DNA Case Studies
Genetic genealogy research in a European context demands specific considerations. Through these case studies, learn how endogamy, migration, testing prevalence, geographic projects, and record availability contribute to the challenges and the successes of DNA investigations in European research. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Paul Alan Woodbury)

TH005 Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
Overwhelmed with autosomal DNA? I can teach you in just a few minutes five tips you can implement and understand today, so you can find your ancestors tomorrow. Level: Beg., Int. (Diahan Southard)

10:00 am - 11:00 am TH006 Behind the Scenes with Living DNA
Go behind the scenes with Living DNA. Ultra high definition methods allow our team to pinpoint your ancestry into 21 regions of the UK and find your ancestry at different
points in history. This tool is proving incredibly useful for family history research. During the talk we will address privacy and security of your genetic information. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (David Nicholson)

TH007 Y-DNA of the British Monarchy
Review of nine Y-DNA dynasties of the British Monarchy over the past 1,100 years and how genetic genealogy may connect your family to them. Level:Beg., Int., Adv. (Brad Larkin, MBA, MCSE)

TH008 Seeking the Balance between Sharing and Privacy in Genetic Genealogy
As genetic genealogy moves into the mainstream, concerns about privacy and ethics also become more common. Who has access to your information? What are they doing with it? This talk looks at the challenges of balancing the need for privacy with the need to share. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Janine Cloud of Family Tree DNA)

TH009 Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know
Avoid wasting time and money by learning which type of DNA test to take, and exactly what you can expect to get as a result. Level: Beg. (Drew Smith, MLS)

TH010 How to Convince Relatives and Strangers to DNA Test and Why
Discover how additional testers can assist your DNA goals, regardless of the test you took. Learn valuable steps on how to approach family and strangers, alleviating their concerns and convincing them to test. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Cheri Mello, MA)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

TH011 DNA and the Aftermath of Uncovered Family Secrets
Does a truth uncovered by DNA always trump secrecy, or can/should the truth have boundaries? If so, what are those boundaries? Together we’ll dissect the roles of secrecy and openness as we examine real-life examples of both the joy and the fallout from family secrets uncovered by DNA. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD)

TH012 Family History Plus Health History Leads to Personalized Healthcare
Genealogy records family relationships. Health history reveals causes of death, disabilities, chronic diseases, or known genetic disorders within families. How can you build an accurate family health/medical history? Should you? Can genealogists lead the way to personalized healthcare/medicine? Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (David R. Dowell, PhD)

TH013 DNA Testing: From Start to Finish
Come learn everything you need to know about DNA testing. We will start with the basics and get more advanced as we show you how to navigate your DNA results. Walk away with next steps and a better understanding of how DNA can help you. Level: Beg., Int. (Anna Swayne of Ancestry)

TH014 Tackling Genetic Genealogy With 23andMe
DNA testing has helped thousands of people make discoveries about their family history. This introductory presentation will show how DNA segments are inherited and what types of DNA relatives share. You'll get step-by-step instructions for getting the most out of the genetic genealogy features in the new experience at 23andMe. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Robin Smith, PhD)

TH015 Examples of Autosomal DNA Testing Solving Genealogical Questions
This presentation will provide a series of case studies in which autosomal DNA testing was used to solve genealogical problems or to confirm existing research. The cases range from adoptees to genealogical connections in the 1700s. You will learn how to do similar analysis of your DNA data. Level: Int., Adv. (Tim Janzen, MD)

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

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Debbie A. KennettTH016 DNA Luncheon - The DNA of the British Isles
Britain and Ireland have been in continuous occupation since 12,000 years ago when hunter gatherers arrived. Agriculture began at the start of the Neolithic (4,000 BC). The country has been invaded by Romans, Angles, Saxons, Picts, Danes, Vikings and Normans. What can DNA testing tell us about the people of these islands? Pioneering research projects are starting to provide some answers. Levels: Beg., Int., Adv.

Debbie A. Kennett is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. She is the author of two books: DNA and Social Networking and The Surnames Handbook. She is the administrator of three DNA projects at FTDNA: the Cruwys/Cruse/Cruise DNA Project, the Devon DNA Project and the mtDNA Haplogroup U4 Project. Co-founder of and contributor to the ISOGG Wiki, she is also a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and is the Guild’s Social Networking Co-ordinator. She writes the popular blog Cruwys News.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm TH017 Was Henderson Dowell's Father of African or European Descent?
At Emancipation Henderson Dowell of Wilkes County, North Carolina, was 20 years old and enslaved by Pricilla Dowell. His living descendants are mixed African-American and European-American. Did his paternal ancestors come to America from Europe or from Africa? Level: Beg., Int. (David R. Dowell, PhD)

TH018 The ABCs of DNA
Learn the basics of DNA testing to verify your lineage, to crumble a brick wall, to find biological family, and to enhance your genealogy. Explore the three major types of tests to understand the differences in each test as well as the results. Just what is the DNA alphabet? Attend and find out. Level: Beg., Int. (Cheri Mello, MA)

TH019 FTDNA Haplotree: Where Are We Now?
How was the haplotree formed? What does it mean? Where is it going? We started with academic sources, and today citizen scientists are taking on brand new roles, examining hundreds of newly discovered SNPs to bring Y-chromosome phylogeny closer and closer to present time. Level: Int., Adv. (Michael Sager of Family Tree DNA)

TH020 Writing for Genetic Genealogists
Recording the results of DNA test results in research journals and then writing about those results can seem confusing. Learn how the pros keep track of DNA testing information and write conclusions or proof arguments for their clients. Level: Int., Adv. (Angie Bush, MS)

TH021 Don’t Discard the Y-STRs
While Next Generation Sequencing and SNP-based genetic genealogy tests continue to make strides in helping understand your autosomal and deep roots, Y-STR testing remains the best entry point to genetic genealogy for surname-era studies of male lineages. Level: Beg., Int. (Brad Larkin, MBA, MCSE)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm TH022 After You Identify The Common Ancestor: Advancing Your DNA Agenda
Identifying the most recent common ancestor shared with a DNA match is just the beginning. Learn how to design and execute autosomal DNA projects that extract more genealogical data from your DNA than you ever thought possible. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Shannon Stewart Christmas, MCP)

TH023 Tracing the Tribe with DNA
This overview will look at many DNA projects focused on Jewish ancestry. We will look at the challenges of DNA in an endogamous culture and the fascinating (and often surprising) discoveries gleaned from the results. Autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA projects will be included. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Schelly Talalay Dardashti)

TH024 Integrating DNA and Family History at
MyHeritage launched its DNA service last year. Hear how we integrated it into our family history offerings and learn about our ethnicities project — the largest study of its kind ever conducted. We'll also cover our powerful DNA Matching technology and take a look at a few exciting case studies. Level: Beg, Int. (Daniel Horowitz of My Heritage)

TH025 A Day Out With Your DNA
While DNA testing for genealogy is no longer a new idea, many companies are offering a new way to look at your DNA. In this lecture we will cover the biggest and brightest options, and help you decide where you should take your DNA, and how to make the most of it. Level: Beg., Int. (Diahan Southard)

TH026 Genetic Genealogy Year In Review 2017
New tools, techniques, and tricks for genetic genealogists are always being created and developed. This lecture examines the very latest developments in the field and helps you understand how these new tools can be incorporated into your research. Level: Beg., Int., Adv. (Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD)

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

TH027 DNA Kit Sales and Demos
Sales and demonstrations by 23andMe, Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA, MyHeritage.

TH028 Meet the DNA Authors
Get acquainted with the authors of recent DNA books. Learn what is covered in each book. Bring your books to get autographed.
(Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD); (David R. Dowell, PhD); (Debbie A. Kennett)

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

TH029 Genetic Genealogy Heir Hunting: Who Has the DNA You Need?
Your DNA may not solve a specific research question, but someone else's might. Identify candidates who could carry the DNA you need to scale your brick wall. Search descendants inteligently to improve your chances. Plan for targeted testing and make your hunt a success. Level: Beg., Int. (Paul Alan Woodbury)

TH030 Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy
Individuals with endogamic ancestry get many more matches than testees in the general population--including false positives. This talk shows why endogamy makes genetic genealogy more difficult and will give real-world examples of why false positives happen and, depict how endogamy looks in practice. Level: Int., Adv. (Lara Diamond)

TH031 DNA Triangulation
Triangulation is the technique considered the gold standard of DNA testing. This talk explains what triangulation is and how to do it. Several case studies are used to illustrate this. Level: Int., Adv. (Kitty Munson Cooper)

TH032 The Professional Genetic Genealogists Toolbox
This presentation will focus on the tools and analysis strategies used by professional genetic genealogists to solve contemporary adoption and unknown parentage cases. Using DNA test results as evidence in solving “brick-wall” genealogy problems will also be discussed. Level: Int., Adv. (Angie Bush, MS)

TH033 Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving
Mitochondrial DNA usage in genealogy is often diminished, but when used wisely in combination with the Genealogical Proof Standard, it can break down brick walls! Level: Int., Adv. (Michael D. Lacopo, DVM)