DNA in DC!


So… where will you be tomorrow?

And Saturday?

And Sunday?

Now The Legal Genealogist knows it’s August. That means it’s summer. The beaches are calling. The mountains are whispering your name.

I4GGBut there’s something else calling… the inaugural 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference sponsored by Institute for Genetic Genealogy. It begins tomorrow, and that’s where I’ll be.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. onsite in the lobby of J. C. Penney Hall at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Okay, so it’s actually suburban Maryland: the address is 7100 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase. Walk-ins are just fine, and registration will be open all day.

The whole program is aimed at genealogists and genetic genealogists at all levels. There is something for everyone from beginners to the experienced here, starting with three major workshops scheduled for tomorrow:

• 1:15 p.m. Getting the Most from AncestryDNA with Anna Swayne
• 3:30 p.m. Exploring All of 23andMe’s Genealogy Features with Joanna Mountain Ph.D.
• 7:00 p.m. Exploring All Family Tree DNA Products with Maurice Gleeson M.D., Jim Bartlett, CeCe Moore and Janine Cloud

Saturday’s sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and run well into the evening, with the keynote by National Geographic’s Dr. Spencer Wells at 9:45 a.m. The other talks are:

• 8:30 a.m. Using Y-DNA to Reconstruct a Patrilineal Tree with Larry Vick
• 8:30 a.m. Mitochondrial DNA: Tools and Techniques for Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne CG, CGL
• 11:30 a.m. The Four Types of DNA Used in Genetic Genealogy with CeCe Moore
• 11:30 a.m. Surname Project Administration with Terry Barton
• 2:00 p.m. 23andMe Features with Joanna Mountain Ph.D.
• 2:00 p.m. Identity by Descent: Using DNA to Extend the African-American Pedigree with Shannon Christmas
• 3:15 p.m. AncestryDNA Matching: Large-Scale Findings and Technology Breakthroughs with Julie Granka Ph.D.
• 3:15 p.m. ‘Next-gen’ Y Chromosome Sequencing with Greg Magoon Ph.D.
• 4:30 p.m. Tearing the Seamless Fabric, Ancestry as a Jigsaw Puzzle with Razib Khan
• 4:30 p.m. From X Segments to Success Stories: The Use of the X Chromosome in Genetic Genealogy with Kathy Johnston M.D.
• 7:00 p.m. Using Correlation Techniques on Y-Chromosome Haplotypes to Determine TMRCAs, Date STR Marker Strings, Surname Groups, Haplogroups and SNPs with William Howard III Ph.D.
• 7:00 p.m. Mitochondrial DNA Focusing on Haplogroup K with William Hurst
• 8:15 p.m. Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA with Blaine Bettinger J.D., Ph.D.
• 8:15 p.m. Y chromosome Haplogroups A and B with Bonnie Schrack

Sunday’s sessions are:

• 8:30 a.m. Native American Ancestry through DNA Analysis with Ugo Perego Ph.D.
• 8:30 a.m. Not Just for Adoptees – Methods and Tools for Working with Autosomal DNA from the Team at DNAGedcom.com with Rob Warthen, Karin Corbeil, and Diane Harman-Hoog
• 9:45 a.m. Using Chromosome Mapping to Help Trace Your Family Tree with Tim Janzen M.D.
• 9:45 a.m. ISOGG with Katherine Hope-Borges
• 11:00 a.m. I’ve Received My Y Chromosome Sequencing Results – What Now? with Thomas Krahn Dipl.-Ing.
• 11:00 a.m. An Irish Approach to Autosomal DNA Matches with Maurice Gleeson M.D.
• 1:30 p.m. After the Courthouse Burns: Lighting Research Fires with DNA with Judy Russell J.D., CG, CGL
• 1:30 p.m. The Use of Phasing in Genetic Genealogy with David Pike Ph.D.
• 2:45 p.m. Wanderlust – The Story of the Origins and Travels of mtDNA Haplogroup H through History and Scientific Literature with Rebekah Canada
• 2:45 p.m. Getting the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Matches and Triangulation with Jim Bartlett
• 4:00 p.m. DNA Case Studies with Angie Bush
• 4:00 p.m. Understanding Autosomal Biogeographical Ancestry Results with Doug McDonald Ph.D.

Let me repeat this: The whole program is aimed at genealogists and genetic genealogists at all levels. There is something for everyone from beginners to the experienced here.

Come on out!

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12 Responses to DNA in DC!

  1. John says:

    Plans are already made, even though the mountains are truly whispering my name. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  2. John Davenport says:

    Gosh, Judy, how could one not come on out, given the long lead time! Oy! Having lived in DC many yrs back, and visited recently, I know how hard it could be to cadge a room in the general vicinity of Chevy Chase on the eve of it, with air conditioning. Now, I do have a daughter living near Balimer: “Tomorrow I come spend a coupla nights with you guys, OK?” Not to mention airfare from . . Minneapolis [Delta $846 RT], anywhere.
    So, my question is: will this happen again next year? We could plan it a bit . . . better.

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Now, now, my Davenport cousin (we think, at least) — this is hardly the first time this conference has been mentioned! But yes we certainly hope this will be repeated next year, though I expect it may rotate between the east and west coasts.

      • John Davenport says:

        You’re right Judy, I was too sarcastic; one of my tragic failings. It will be a good general and specific presentation of ‘GenealogicDNA-now!’ for those in the DC area who have easy access, and were undecided.

  3. Kathy Reed says:

    Can’t wait to see everyone.

  4. Colleen says:

    Looks like a wonderful agenda. Wish I could be there. It is certainly a topic I need to learn more about. Have fun.

  5. Capricia says:

    That’s awesome!!! I am wondering, if the International Genetic Genealogy Conference will post the website like video for Presenters?

    Thank you!

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Most presentations will be videotaped. Logistics for making them available haven’t been worked out yet. Stay tuned…

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