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

June 8, 2017

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel
2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA. 91505
Reservations: 818-843-6000 or 800-736-9712
Online Advance Registration is Closed

Walk-In Registrations Are Welcome As Space Permits
Emily D. Aulicino, MA
Emily D. Aulicino, MA,
speaks on genetic genealogy and writing family stories nationally and internationally. She has been interviewed for TV, newspapers, and blogtalk radio. She writes two blogs and is the author of Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Emily D. Aulicino, MA, will not be at Jamboree. Cheri Mello, MA, will present the sessions below.
TH010 How to Convince Relatives and Strangers to DNA Test and Why
TH018 The ABCs of DNA
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD,
is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist and the books Genetic Genealogy in Practice and The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.

TH011 DNA and the Aftermath of Uncovered Family Secrets
TH026 Genetic Genealogy Year In Review 2017
TH028 Meet the DNA Authors
Angie Bush, MS
Angie Bush, MS
, is the Region 1 Director for the National Genealogical Society and the chair of the Genetic Genealogy committee. Her day job is as Genetic Genealogist Researcher with Ancestry ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. Although she spends a lot of time working on recent unknown parentage cases (adoptions, unknown fathers), her favorite type of research involves solving decades old “brick-walls” using a combination of traditional records and genetic evidence. Angie is a Utah native and lives with her husband and two descendants in Sandy, Utah.

TH020 Writing for Genetic Genealogists
TH032 The Professional Genetic Genealogists Toolbox
Shannon S. Christmas, MCP
Shannon S. Christmas, MCP
, specializes in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas.

TH022 After You Identify The Common Ancestor: Advancing Your DNA Agenda
Janine Cloud
Janine Cloud
began working with Family Tree DNA in 2011 as an information specialist and now is Group Projects Manager. A native Texan, Janine is passionate about genealogy, history and photography.

TH008 Seeking the Balance between Sharing and Privacy in Genetic Genealogy
Kitty Munson Cooper
Kitty Munson Cooper
is well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. Her blog, which gets several thousand hits a day, includes numerous basic pictorial tutorials and several DNA mapping tools.

TH002 DNA Testing Basics for Genealogists
TH031 DNA Triangulation
Ross Curtis, PhD
Ross Curtis, PhD
, joined the AncestryDNA team in January of 2012. He is a computational biologist specializing in genetics and visual analytics and loves applying his expertise to family history.

TH003 Beyond Ethnicity Results: How DNA Connects Us to Our Past
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
, Genealogist and journalist Schelly Talalay Dardashti has tracked her Sephardi-Ashkenazi-Mizrahi families for 30 years, created “Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook" (11,000+ members) and is MyHeritage’s US Genealogy Advisor.

TH023 Tracing the Tribe with DNA
Lara Diamond
Lara Diamond
has 25 years of research experience and has traced her family back to and in Europe using Russian Empire-era and Austria-Hungarian records. She blogs at

TH030 Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy
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 1960's. His most recent books are NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015) and Crash Course in Genealogy (2011). 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.

TH012 Family History Plus Health History Leads to Personalized Healthcare
TH017 Was Henderson Dowell's Father of African or European Descent?
TH028 Meet the DNA Authors
Daniel Horowitz
Daniel Horowitz
, genealogy expert for MyHeritage, provides key contributions on product development and public affairs. Daniel is a computer engineer with specialization in education and a is board member of several genealogy societies.

TH024 Integrating DNA and Family History at
Tim Janzen
Tim Janzen, MD
is a medical doctor in Portland, Oregon. For the past 12 years, he has been using DNA analysis to help complement traditional genealogical research and he speaks frequently on this topic.

TH001 Using Autosomal DNA Results from Cousin Clusters in Your Research
TH015 Examples of Autosomal DNA Testing Solving Genealogical Questions
Debbie A. Kennett
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.

TH016 The DNA of the British Isles
TH028 Meet the DNA Authors
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. A self-described “all-American mutt”, his research skills cover a broad range.

TH033 Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing For Genealogical Problem Solving
Brad Larkin, MBA, MCSE
Brad Larkin, MBA, MCSE,
is a software engineer from Texas interested in genealogy, music, science, and history. He combines those passions to create technology in the fields of genetic genealogy and healthcare.

TH007 Y-DNA of the British Monarchy
TH021 Don’t Discard the Y-STRs

Cheri Mello, MA
Cheri Mello, MA,
began dabbling in genealogy as a 5th grader with the U.S. History assignment. She began her active adult research 25 years ago, after the death of her remaining grandparents. Her expertise ranges from various areas of America, to Portugal, as well as DNA, genealogy software and more!

TH010 How to Convince Relatives and Strangers to DNA Test and Why
TH018 The ABCs of DNA
David Nicholson,
David Nicholson - Managing Director of Living DNA. Having been involved in DNA testing for over 15 years, David was the first person to bring a commercial DNA testing company to the UK exhibitions in 2006. With a passion for taking complex genetics and making it simple he presents on a behind the scenes view of DNA testing for family history and what fine scale analysis now offers.

TH006 Behind the Scenes with Living DNA

Michael Sager,
Michael Sager holds a masters degree in biology and is in charge of maintaining the Family Tree DNA haplotree to the most current version possible.

TH019 FTDNA Haplotree: Where Are We Now?

Drew Smith
Drew Smith, MLS,
is a librarian at the University of South Florida, author of the book Organize Your Genealogy, host of the Genealogy Connection podcast, and co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast.

TH009 Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know
Robin Smith, PhD
Robin Smith, PhD,
joined 23andMe in 2013 as a scientist on the Product team and is currently the Ancestry Product Manager. He's made multiple contributions to product R&D - notably in the areas of Wellness, Traits, and Ancestry. Prior to 23andMe, Robin completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF where he studied the 98 percent of the genome that doesn’t code for genes, so called DNA “dark matter”. Robin earned his PhD from The University of Miami.

TH014 Tackling Genetic Genealogy With 23andMe
Diahan Southard
Diahan Southard,
Fifteen years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry has qualified Diahan Southard to instruct all levels of interest. You will leave enlightened and motivated as she is upbeat and full of energy.

TH005 Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
TH025 A Day Out with Your DNA
Anna Swayne
Anna Swayne
has 10+ years of experience in the DNA genealogy world. At Ancestry, she leads efforts in developing education to help our community maximize their experience with AncestryDNA.

TH013 DNA Testing: From Start to Finish

Paul Alan Woodbury
Paul Alan Woodbury,
is a graduate of BYU where he studied Genetics and Genealogy. He is a senior researcher at Legacy Tree Genealogists and a course developer at SLCC. He specializes in DNA research.

TH004 Diving In from the Other Side: European DNA Case Studies
TH029 Genetic Genealogy Heir Hunting: Who Has the DNA You Need?