“May you live in interesting times.”
That Chinese proverb that no one is sure whether is a blessing or a curse.
I’m pleased to announce that I’m speaking at RootsTech, quite by accident😊
Fate, synchronicity, call it what you will.
If you’re chuckling, so am I.
I’ll be presenting a total of 3 sessions – one regular RootsTech session and 2 minis plus a DNAexplain blog follower (that’s YOU) meetup.
Schedule at a Glance
Here’s a quick overview schedule, including 2 giveaways, with details following below:
- Wednesday, February 27 – 6:15 – Family Tree DNA booth #1107 – Family Finder Search Tips – Quick tips for how to perform surname and ancestral searches successfully!
- Wednesday, February 27 – 6:45 – Family Tree DNA giveaway drawing
- Wednesday, February 27 – 6:45 – DNAexplain Blog meetup in the Family Tree DNA booth presentation center
- Wednesday, February 27 – 7:15 – Family Tree DNA booth – Family Finder Bucketing – Connecting your matches to your tree so that Family Tree DNA can assign your matches to your maternal or paternal side – even without having your parents tested!
- Wednesday, February 27 – 7:45 – Family Tree DNA giveaway drawing
- Friday, March 1, Ballroom B – 3 PM – Beyond Pie Charts: Using Y and Mitochondrial DNA Testing to Solve Genealogical Puzzles
DNAexplain Blog Follower Meetup – Wednesday Evening – 6:15
The DNAexplain blog follower meetup which includes 2 free mini-sessions (and two giveaways) will be Wednesday evening from 6:15-7:45, right after the expo hall opens, in the Family Tree DNA booth, #1017, boxed in red on the map below. It looks like if you walk between LivingDNA and 23andMe, you’ll run smack dab into the Family Tree DNA booth.
Family Tree DNA has a new booth this year with a presentation center right in the booth, so we will be the first to use the new facility.
I’ll be in the booth from 6-8 PM and have prepared special two mini-sessions for my blog followers and anyone else who would like to attend.
You don’t have to stay for the whole time of course!
Please stop by and say hello. I’d love to see you.
Thank you to Family Tree DNA for graciously allowing us to meet in their new presentation center.
Beyond Pie Charts: Using Y and Mitochondrial DNA Testing to Solve Genealogical Puzzles – Friday – 3 PM – Ballroom B
Jim Brewster was originally presenting the session, “Beyond Pie Charts: Using Y and Mitochondrial DNA Testing to Solve Genealogical Puzzles” at 3 PM on Friday.
Unfortunately, Jim is unable to attend and late last week – yes – as in 4 or 5 days ago, I agreed to present this session.
Now, the good news is that I’ve been working with Y and mitochondrial DNA 19 years, long enough to have some really good examples to include. You’ll laugh, I promise, and maybe even shed a tear or two. DNA and families are anything but boring!
Please, come and see the presentation at 3 on Friday afternoon in Ballroom B, on the map below.
I promise you’ll be entertained and learn something too!
For those who can’t attend, several sessions are going to be LiveStreamed, 12 recorded and available later for free, and 18 more will be available with the purchase of a Virtual Pass. My session is not being recorded, so you’ll have to come and see it live!
Several people have asked about the LiveStream schedule, which you can find here. I believe this is also the link to view the LiveStreamed sessions.
An additional 12 sessions will be recorded and available for free viewing later.
- Blending Family History and Technology with the Art of Storytelling
- Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy
- Making Memories of You
- New York Research Essentials
- You Can Do DNA
- How to Write Your Life Story in Five Pages or Less
- Heirloom, Documentation or Junk: What to Keep or Toss
- S.O.S. (Save Our Stuff): Stories and Heirlooms
- Families Discovering Family History Together
- Writing and Publishing a Family History: Ten Steps
- Artificial Intelligence in Photo Management (and How It Can Boost Metadata)
- Breaking through Brick Walls in Scottish Research
Virtual Pass Classes
A Virtual Pass is available for $129 (or $79 if you have already registered for RootsTech) which entitles you to the following recorded sessions as well.
- Chromosome Mapping for Absolute Beginners—Jonny Perl
- Must-Use U.S. Records at Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, findmypast, and MyHeritage—Sunny Morton
- A Deep Dive into Understanding Your DNA Results—Blaine Bettinger, Angie Bush, Jonny Perl
- The Surname Is Key: History of Surnames and Conducting Surname Research in Germany—Dirk Weissleder
- One Touch Genealogy Research: Handle a Record Once—Thomas MacEntee
- You Need Both! Uniting DNA and Traditional Research—Angie Bush and D. Joshua Taylor
- Chromosome Mapping Tips and Techniques—Blaine Bettinger
- Deeper Analysis: Techniques for Successful Problem-Solving—Elissa Scalise Powell
- The Magic of German Church Records—Katherine Schober
- My Ancestors Are from Germany, and I Don’t Speak German—Tamra Stansfield
- When Details Disagree: 8 Ways to Resolve Conflicts—D. Joshua Taylor
- 20 Hacks for Interviewing Almost Anyone, and Getting a Good Story—Joanna Liddell and Karen Morgan
- Going Dutch: Finding Families in Online Records of the Netherlands—Daniel Jones
- Beyond the Mists of Time: Sources for British Medieval and Early Modern Genealogy—Nick Barratt
- The Combined Power of DNA, Records, and Family Trees—Jen Baldwin, David Nicholson, Diahan Southard
- The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology—Lisa Louise Cooke
- Jewish Genealogy: How to Start, Where to Look, What’s Available—Lara Diamond
- Slave Traders, Speculators, and the Domestic Slave Trade—Kenyatta Berry
Your Imbedded Reporter😊
I bought an Ultimate Pass this year, which means I’ll be able to have up-front seating which facilitates good photos for blog articles. I have also arranged to attend many of the vendor lunches and several of the vendor sessions so that I’ll be able to report back to you about new announcements and what’s coming, of course with a focus on DNA.
I hope to publish articles daily while I’m there, although I’m not promising given the hectic nature of my ever-evolving schedule. Rest assured I’ll let be writing as soon as I can. My ability to publish is sometimes constrained by poor Wi-Fi which makes it impossible to upload photos and articles.
My regular article publication schedule will be disrupted while I’m gone, so those ancestors will just have to wait!
For me, the best part of RootsTech last year was meeting people in person. I look forward to seeing you there, so please come to the meetup Wednesday evening or my regular session Friday at 3 and be sure to say hi.
I’m easy to recognize – l’ll be wearing something “DNA.”
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