DNA Testing - know the In's and Out's of it. Genetic Genealogy, a new branch of genealogy combining genetics and traditional genealogy research, is the most accurate tool for the family historian. Family connections can be proven or disproven. DNA testing can support a paper trail which is often in question given the lack of surviving records. Its popularity grows daily with thousands testing monthly throughout the world.
The SCGS is very appreciative of Ancestry’s support of our
conferences. Unfortunately, ever increasing costs have caught up to us and
prevent us from offering this event at no charge. The Jamboree Committee has
kept fees as low as possible. For members, the fee of $10 for 12 classes is
just 83 cents per class.For
non-members, the fee of $55 for the 12 classes is just $4.58 per class.
Compared to other conference live stream offerings, SCGS remains a bargain!
The 49th Annual Jamboree has opened registration for an extra week!
Registration will remain open until Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm. WHY? Because they have anew system that is very successful along with some great SCGS members who have greatly helped get registration materials ready. NOW, if you have never attended Jamboree, you are missing out on a wonderful conference which this year covers not only Genetic Genealogy and all aspects of Genealogy, but is including a Family History Writers section. Is there any stone they have not over turned! If you have attended before, you know how great this conference is with the wonderful speakers and vast variety of vendors selling books, genealogy charts, genealogy software, Maureen Taylor (the Photo Detective), many genealogical societies, Flip-Pal scanner and other helpful tools as well as vendors with DNA tests on sale! There is much more, including free classes listed under JAMBO FREE in the schedule. Check out the webpage here. For DNA classes, there are many for beginners as well as for those more advanced. These are taught by well-known genetic genealogists. Be sure to attend the half-day workshops. (Yes, I'm presenting and would love to meet you!) Seriously, this is my favorite U.S. conference. I do hope to see you there ... so do introduce yourself! Emily
National DNA Day, April 25th is a celebration of the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Double Helix in 1953. It is a day that offers students, teachers and the public to learn about DNA, to celebrate the latest advances, and to learn how they impact our lives.
LIVING DNA PREVIEWS UNIQUE NEW “FAMILY NETWORKS” OFFERING AT
Innovative family tree and
matching systemwill take the guesswork out of DNA relationships
Living DNA, the
global consumer genetics company, has today publicly previewed its new ‘Family Networks’ platform
for the first time – set to be the most precise DNA-driven matching service on
Officially unveiled in Salt Lake City in Utah at RootsTech
2018, the world’s largest family-history technology conference, Living DNA’s Family Networks requires
no prior user-generated family research, allowing users to build a detailed
family tree based solely on their DNA, gender, and age. Living DNA will analyse
a user's unique motherline and fatherline DNA data (mtDNA and YDNA), on top of
the family ancestry line (autosomal) to deliver matches – something no other
company can do.
David Nicholson, managing
director and co-founder at Living DNA, comments:
“With Family Networks, we will not only predict how users
are related to direct matches, but we can also find and connect people to DNA
matches going back up to 13 generations.
“The technology behind Family Networks automatically works
out which genetic trees are possible to uncover relations. This new capability
offers distinct benefits to a range of users, from avid genealogists and family
history hobbyists through to adoptees and others searching for their family
members. It will reduce the risk of human error and take away the tedious task
of figuring out how each person in a user’s list are related to one another.
We’re truly taking the guesswork out of DNA relationships.”
Living DNA’s Family Networks is scheduled to be made
available to all existing and new Living DNA users by autumn 2018. The company
states that the cutting-edge technology will give all customers – even those
who upload from other DNA testing sites – a level of relationship prediction
and accuracy that is beyond anything currently on the market.
David Nicholson adds:
“Living DNA’s precise and unique technology processes
users’ DNA to identify relatives and define relationships deeper back in time.
Through this rich experience, users will even be able to learn how they’re
related to people with whom they share no DNA today.
“As we don’t ask for Gedcom files or other user research to
build a family tree, Family Networks can be especially useful for adoptees and
family searchers who are trying to locate long-lost family members but who
don’t have any information on their biological family. Just by using their
gender and date of birth in conjunction with their DNA, we will be able to
translate their matches into a potential family tree, giving them a clearer
place to start from.”
Living DNA breaks down users’ DNA into 80 worldwide
regions, including 21 in the UK, more than any other testing company. The company
offers a 3-in-1 test as standard: from a simple mouth swab, Living DNA not only
covers a user’s family line ancestry, but—unlike most other tests—it also
includes the user’s motherline and (if male) fatherline ancestry.
Living DNA’s test itself is run on a custom-built Living
DNA Orion Chip. It is one of the first bespoke DNA chips in the world to be
built using the latest GSA technology from market leader Illumina, and tests
over 656,000 autosomal (family) markers, 4,700 mitrochondrial (maternal) markers
and 22,000 Y-chromosomal (paternal) markers.
About Living DNA
Living DNA is a personalised DNA service designed to help
people understand more about themselves and where they came from in
unparalleled detail. Developed by world-leading scientists and academics, the
Living DNA ancestry test is the most sophisticated product of its kind on the
market. It is the only test which can show people a breakdown of their UK,
Chinese and Italian ancestry at a regional level, and the first to allow users
to view their ‘ancestry family’ at different points in history. In so doing, people
can see at what point in the past they were connected to their friends and
family through their DNA, and discover how, ultimately, we are all connected.
For more information, please visit http://www.livingdna.com/
In its 49th season, the Southern California Genealogy Society is having another wonderful conference for genealogy and genetic genealogy held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank. Early Bird Deadline registration is April 14th and Advance Registration ends May 12th , so save your place now! This is one of the best conferences you will attend, and there are classes for all experience levels and even for people who are not genealogists. All days run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Exhibit Hall opens Thursday, and admission to it is free all three Days! Find a wide variety of vendors, along with their sales. (Sometimes I hang out at the Family Tree DNA booth, so drop by.)
This year has over 140 classes with over 85 speakers as well as one-on-one research help. Three categories will help you in a variety of fields for your family history. There are three conferences in one!
The 6th Annual Genetic Genealogy Conference, May 31, 2008 (and squeaks into June 1st) entitled Link Through DNA is, of course, my favorite. In these classes you can learn not only the basics of DNA testing, but more advanced techniques from some of the industry's leading speakers. There are hands-on DNA Workshops as well.
The Family History Writers Conference, May 31 entitled Love Your Family Legends includes presentations on writing, publishing and preserving your genealogy along with reaching into the next generation to assure your work will continue. The speakers will also cover the tools you need to finish your work.
The 49th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, June 1-2, will help you Unlock Your Lineage with some renown speakers in the field. Learn the basics along with many tips and tricks, and explore how to break through those brick walls.
See the Jamboree website for the full schedule. A mobile app is available. There are discounts for SCGS Members and for multi-event registration.
HINT: Notice anyone familiar on the advertisement above? Yes, I am speaking and would love to have you attend my classes so I can meet you!
My topics: Finding Answers through Your Autosomal DNA Test (Thurs, May 31st, 8:30-9:30) Comparing Testing Companies and Understanding DNA Tests (Workshop, Friday, June 1st 8:30 to 12:00)
I will be on the Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy panel (Friday, June 1, 5:00 to 6:00 pm)
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