Friday, January 4, 2013

“Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013" Conference Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2013

The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) announce an innovative, important one-day DNA conference, “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013,” to be held June 6, 2013, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

The featured speaker is Dr. Spencer Wells of the National Geographic Genographic Project, who will review the Genographic Project. Other speakers presenting state-of-the-art uses of DNA in the search for ancestors include The Genetic Genealogist Blaine Bettinger, JD; Tim Janzen, MD; The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG; Your Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore; DNA Testing Adviser Richard Hill, MBA; and Katherine Hope Borges, the director of ISOGG. Additional speakers will be announced soon. Also participating in the day-long seminar will be representatives from the major commercial DNA organizations – FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA.

Separate tracks will be targeted for beginners and advanced genetic genealogists. One-on-one consultations will be available during the final hour of the day. Help is available to interpret results and to use the various testing organization websites and resources. This personal assistance will help even the most inexperienced family historians apply genetic genealogy as another tool in their research toolbox.

What makes this event so special? “This is the very first genetic genealogy conference that is independently produced by societies such as ISOGG and SCGS,” explained CeCe Moore, the conference co-chair. “I have dreamed of an ISOGG-sponsored genetic genealogy conference for a long time, and I am thrilled to be working in cooperation with the SCGS Jamboree 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.”

“We are so excited about breaking new ground in genetic genealogy gatherings,” said SCGS president Alice Fairhurst, who also leads 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.”

Online registration for “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” opens on Friday, January 4, 2013.  The conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA. Early-bird discounted registration is $175 for SCGS members and $195 for nonmembers. Prices increases after 30 April 2013.

The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank on June 7-8, 2013. It is produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504, phone 818-843-7247.

Further information can be found at www.scgsgenealogy.com and http://genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Contact Paula Hinkel at phinkel@pacbell.net