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8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Thursday, June 6, 2013
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

With a great deal of pride, the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society for Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) jointly announce an innovative and exciting new conference dedicated to exploring the use of DNA as a tool in tracing our families.

Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013 will be held Thursday, June 6, 2013, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. The conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA. Advance registration is closed; however, walk-in registration is available ($225) in the Convention Center lobby.

"Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013" is just one of many activities held during the weekend of June 6 through June 9, 2013. The 44th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, featuring over 50 speakers, nearly 150 sessions and about 70 exhibitors, software and data providers, and societies, will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank. It is produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504, phone 818-843-7247.

What makes this event so special? “The speakers are groundbreakers in the study and application of DNA as a genealogy tool. We are extremely fortunate to have some of the unquestioned leaders in the field,” explained CeCe Moore, the conference co-chair.

CeCeMoore“Further, this is the very first genetic genealogy conference independently produced by groups or nonprofit organizations such as SCGS and ISOGG,” continued Moore. “I've dreamed of a genetic genealogy conference sponsored by ISOGG for a long time, and I am thrilled to be working in cooperation with SCGS on this inaugural event. Holding the conference in conjunction with the Genealogy Jamboree helps us reach many family historians who would otherwise not be able to attend.”

Alice Fairhurst“We are so excited about breaking new ground in genetic genealogy gatherings,” said SCGS president Alice Fairhurst, who helped found the society’s DNA interest group and has been actively applying DNA in her own genealogy research. “As more family historians have DNA tests, genetic genealogy is becoming more valuable in the search for ancestors and living relatives.” You can read an article in which Alice is quoted on the use of DNA in the December issue of Alaska Airlines' magazine.



Spencer WellsSpencer Wells, PhD is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor at Cornell University. He leads The Genographic Project, which is collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of DNA samples from people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet. Wells graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin at the age of 19, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and Oxford. He has appeared in numerous documentary films and is the author of three books, The Journey of Man, Deep Ancestry and Pandora's Seed. He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, a filmmaker. A more extensive bio of Dr. Wells can be found at National Geographic.

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
TH001 - "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.

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, and editor. He was the first African American to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his teaching, research, and development of academic institutions to study black culture. In 2002, Gates was selected to give the Jefferson Lecture, in recognition of his "distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities." Gates has hosted several PBS television mini-series, including the history / travel program Wonders of the African World and the biographical African American Lives and Faces of America. He serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, where he is director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon presentation - additional fee required


Emily AucilinoEmily D. Aulicino is the Northwest Speaker and Regional Coordinator of the International Society of Genealogy (ISOGG), presenting on genetic genealogy to many groups yearly. She manages 13 DNA projects and the Ogan name at the Guild of One Name Studies. She attends the Family Tree DNA conference and Who Do You Think You Are? in London yearly and writes blogs on genetic genealogy and memory writing.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
TH009 - "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.
Blaine Bettinger

Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., is an intellectual property attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Bettinger is the author of The Genetic Genealogist, a blog that examines the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research  since 2007. He has helped numerous clients and readers answer their genealogical questions for years, and is currently writing a book about the use of genetics to explore one’s heritage.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
TH008 - "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.

Katherine BorgesKatherine Hope Borges is the Co-Founder and Director of The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), which promotes and educates about genetic genealogy. ISOGG has grown to over 8,000 members in 70 countries. Through ISOGG, Katherine has increased professional standards in the practice, research, and discussion of relevant issues in DNA testing, interpretation, and ethics.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
TH012 - "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!

Ken ChahineKen Chahine, PhD, JD has served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Ancestry DNA, LLC since 2011. Prior to his employment with Ancestry DNA, he held several positions, including as Chief Executive Officer of Avigen, a biotechnology company, in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, and at Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals (currently Pfizer). Mr. Chahine also teaches a course focused on new venture development, intellectual property, and licensing at the University of Utah's College of Law. He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Florida State University.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
TH013 - 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.

Alice FairhurstAlice M. Fairhurst, President of the Southern California Genealogical Society, is a charter member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (http://www.isogg.org). Alice coordinates the efforts of amateur and professional geneticists to keep the ISOGG Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree up to date. She administers or co-administers 19 DNA projects and has been active in the genealogical world for more than 50 years.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (presented with David Reynolds)
TH014 - "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.

Bennett GreenspanBennett Greenspan, a successful entrepreneur and a lifelong genealogy enthusiast, founded Family Tree DNA in 1999, turning a hobby into a fulltime vocation. His effort and innovation created the burgeoning field now known as genetic genealogy.

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
TH003 - "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 form our mothers, and Autosomal DNAm, whose signal becomes weaker in each successive generation from a genealogical standpoint.
Richard Hill Richard Hill is the author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. His groundbreaking use of genetic genealogy tests in adoption search has made him the go-to person for adoptees, genealogists, and others seeking to find lost relatives or confirm suspected relationships. His educational website is DNA-Testing-Adviser.com.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
TH006 - "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.
Tim JanzenTim Janzen, MD is a family practice doctor in Portland, Oregon. He has given many presentations about genetic genealogy and Mennonite genealogy in the United States and Canada and also does private genetic genealogy consulting on a case-by-case basis. Tim is one of the 23andMe Ancestry Ambassadors and is a co-administrator of the Mennonite DNA project and the FTDNA haplogroup J project.

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
TH004 - "Mapping Your Chromosomes with Autosomal DNA"
This presentation will describe techniques of doing chromosome mapping and triangulation using autosomal DNA results from 23andMe's test and Family Tree DNA's Family Finder test.

CeCe Moore CeCe Moore is a professional genetic genealogist and writes the popular blog “Your Genetic Genealogist.” She serves as the lead Ancestry Ambassador to 23andMe and on the advisory board of the Mixed Roots Foundation as the Co-Director of the “Global Adoptee Genealogy Project.” CeCe is the Southern California Regional Coordinator for ISOGG as well as the moderator of the DNA Newbie Yahoo Group.

2:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
TH010 - "Working with Autosomal DNA: Genealogical Case Studies"
atDNA holds endless potential for learning about your family history and what your ancestors may have passed on to you. Practical methods and examples from the presenter's research will be reviewed.
Joanna Mountain

Joanna Mountain, PhD is a geneticist with a passion for ancestry genetics and genetic genealogy. She received her PhD in Genetics from Stanford University and subsequently served on the faculty of the Anthropological Sciences department. Joanna currently represents 23andMe, a personal genomics company that provides genetic data and tools for exploring ancestry, genealogy, and health.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
TH007 - "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.

Debbie Parker-WayneDebbie Parker-Wayne, CG, CGL(sm), is a full-time genealogist experienced using laws and DNA analysis, as well as more traditional techniques, for genealogical research. She is a Trustee for the BCG Education Fund and Texas State Genealogical Society's DNA Project Director. Her website is http://debbiewayne.com.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
TH011 - "Mitochondrial DNA: Tools and Techniques to go Beyond the 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.

David ReynoldsDavid F. Reynolds is a ten-year veteran of the genetic genealogy community who administers or co-administers two haplogroup and three surname DNA projects. He is a content coordinator with the ISOGG Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree, focusing on updating and maintaining the ISOGG Y-DNA SNP Index. Reynolds is a former president of the Genealogical Forum of Portland, Oregon, and has been researching his family roots for over 30 years.

TH014 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
"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.

A Certified Genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell (The Legal Genealogist) writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records to understanding DNA testing. A 2010 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prizewinner and trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, she has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the National Genealogical Society Magazine.

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
TH002 - "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.

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