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"Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013"

7:00 a.m. to
8:00 a.m.
TH000B - Registration - Registration for "Family History and DNA" will be held in the main foyer of the Convention Center. Please enter through the front door of the Convention Center. Coffee and pastries will be available for purchase through Marriott concessions.
8:00 a.m. to
9:30 a.m.

TH001 - Spencer Wells, PhD. - "The Genographic Project and the Rise of Citizen Science"
Genetics has revolutionized our understanding of human history. Beginning with the pioneering work of Luca Cavalli-Sforza and his colleagues on classical markers, and proceeding through the study of mitochondrial DNA and the Y-chromosome, advances in genetic technology have allowed ever deeper insights into the human story. Now whole-genome sequences and large-scale arrays of genetic markers are providing a richer view of our shared past, revealing details that remained hidden using other genetic tools.

Since 2005, the Genographic Project has used the latest genetic technology to expand our knowledge of the human story, and its pioneering use of DNA testing to engage and involve the public in the research effort has helped to create a new breed of "citizen scientist." Geno 2.0 expands the scope for citizen science, harnessing the power of the crowd to discover new details of human population history.

10:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m.

TH002 - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG - "ABCs of DNA." New to the idea that DNA can help with genealogy? Learn about the three major test types - YDNA, mitochondrial (mtDNA) and the new autosomal DNA testing - and see what each offers to the genealogist.

TH003 - Bennett Greenspan - Family Tree DNA - "Genetic Tools: What They are and When to Use Them." There are three different ways that DNA can be used to solve a family puzzle. Each tool is dependent on whom is available in the family for testing and, more importantly, what you are trying to achieve. For example, if two men want to know if they share a common male ancestor, then each would probably want to settle the question with each taking a Y-DNA test. If only one male is available, a different strategy will need to be employed. Learn which test for which application is best, if there is an alternative, and how much of a trade-off that alternative would be. Your choices are Y-DNA which only men have, mtDNA which all of us get from our mothers, and Autosomal DNAm, whose signal becomes weaker in each successive generation from a genealogical standpoint.

TH004 - Tim Janzen, MD - "Chromosome Mapping for Genealogical Purposes." This presentation will provide an overview of all major types of DNA that can be used for genealogical purposes, specifically autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and the X and Y chromosomes.
11:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m.
TH005 - Luncheon with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Additional fee required. Open only to registrants of the "Family History and DNA" conference and their invited guests.

1:00 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.



TH006 - Richard Hill - "Finding Family with DNA Testing: An Adoptee Success Story." Learn how Richard Hill’s landmark use of DNA testing solved the mystery of his birth and opened the doors for other adoptees to find their biological families.

TH007 - Joanna Mountain, PhD- 23andMe - "DNA and Family History: Getting the Most out of 23andme's Genealogy Features." Have you thought about using DNA but want to know more about using a genetic genealogy service? We’ll go step-by-step through examples that reveal how DNA can be used to solve family mysteries.

TH008 - Blaine Bettinger, JD - "Using Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA Results." Although DNA testing companies provide an analysis of test results, there are many third-party tools that allow test-takers to use those results to learn even more about their genomic heritage.

2:30 p.m. to
3:30 p.m.

TH009 - Emily D. Aulicino - "Genetic Genealogy: Beginner Basics" Learn the basics of DNA and how it benefits genealogy. Break through your brick walls, prove or disprove your paper trail, and join thousands using Genetic Genealogy to supplement their research.

TH010 - CeCe Moore - "Working with Autosomal DNA: Genealogical Case Studies." atDNA is a exciting tool available to the genealogist that can reveal new information about the inner branches of family trees and help discover previously unknown information about ethnic ancestry.

TH011 - Debbie Parker Wayne, CG - "Mitochondrial DNA: Tools and Techniques to Go Beyond Basics." Learn advanced uses of mtDNA. This lecture uses case studies to demonstrate databases and analysis methods using mtDNA for genealogy. Low resolution and full mitochondrial sequences are discussed.

4:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.


TH012 - Katherine Hope Borges - "Famous DNA." Learn about the DNA of the famous and infamous. How was it obtained? What information and insight does it provide? Find out if you have Famous DNA in you!

TH013 - Ken Chahine, PhD, JD. AncestryDNA - "An Inside Look at AncestryDNA." Learn how new capabilities with DNA can leverage the vast resources on Ancestry.com to make amazing new discoveries about your family story. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or expert genealogist, this session will provide a look at the latest technology you need to advance your family history research.

TH014 - Alice M. Fairhurst; David F. Reynolds - "The Changing Y-DNA Haplotree and Its Impact." Learn how and why Y-DNA trees can differ and how the ISOGG team determines the location of SNPs on the tree. Find out how the most cutting edge SNP discoveries are unraveling the mystery of human ancestry.

5:00 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
TH015 - Resource Hour. Assistance by representatives of 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA. Small-group discussions.
  Book sales and signings following lunch and during break times.


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