Saturday Sessions

8:00 AM - Registration
9:00 AM - Opening Remarks
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Working with Testing Company Results
Do you understand what you’re looking at when you receive your test results? This session provides a guided tour through test results and interpretive tools at each of the major testing companies (23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage, and LivingDNA), including the most powerful tool the companies offer: “Shared Matches” and “In Common With” matching.
Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800s, 1700s, and beyond. Together we’ll also examine some of the ways that leaders in the field have attacked or solved their 18th and 19th century mysteries using autosomal DNA.
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Using GEDmatch and DNAPainter to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
The biographical facts we discover about our ancestors did not happen in a vacuum. Our ancestors were born, lived, and died in specific physical circumstances at specific moments in time. To reconstruct their lives, therefore, the facts we discover about them must be “situated” in their proper historical context. Three 19th-century case studies drawn from Only a Few Bones, a True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath demonstrate how to use multiple sources to assemble vivid accounts of ancestral events and generate biographies that portray individualized ancestors.
Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA
The facts you discover about your ancestors represent real-life events that took place in a physical place at a particular time. Cartographic collections—maps, atlases, and gazetteers—are essential tools for grounding all of your genealogical discoveries in the real world. This lecture describes different kinds of maps, current and historical, U.S. and foreign, and illustrates the broad range of information they provide. It explains how to use Internet sites to locate cartographic collections in libraries, archives, courthouses, historical societies, as well as those available online in digitized format.