One of the best things about the Family Tree DNA Conference each year is visiting with old friends, and making new ones. This picture just warms my heart, because Marja from Finland and Mike from Virginia are meeting in person for the first time here in Houston. They found each other through DNA testing, and I originally met both of them as clients. Indeed, if DNA testing has shown us anything at all, it’s how small the world really is and how interrelated we are to the rest of humanity.
This is the 10th year of the conference, and it’s much more like a homecoming or a family reunion that a typical conference. We’ve been in the same trench for a decade now!
Aside from lots of hugs, one of the things that happens from the time you find your first genetic genealogist on the hotel bus until your ride back to the airport is collaboration. Laptops abound and sharing is continual. It’s such a rich environment.
Tomorrow’s agenda includes:
- Welcome by Max Blankfeld and Bennett Greenspan
- DNA Ethics: Why We Can’t Cover Our Eyes by Blaine Bettinger
- Genographic – Consumer Genomics: The 30,000 Foot View by Spencer Wells
- Family Finder, How to Succeed with Autosomal DNA by Jim Bartlett
- Your Origins, Their Origins by Razib Kahn
- Update on Surname Journal by Brad Larkin
- An Autosomal DNA Advocate’s Newfound Appreciation for Mitochondrial DNA by CeCe Moore
- Discovering and Verifying your Ancestry Using Family Finder by Tim Janzen
- Deep Clade 2.0 by Bennett Greenspan