Thursday, May 31, 2018

SCGS Jamboree 2018 - Burbank, CA - Day 1

Hello From Burbank!

My mom and I are here at the first day of the genealogy conference, but we are taking different tracks. She is taking the family history writers track and I am more interested in the genetic genealogy track. My first session today, "The Danger of Distant Genetic Matches", was fascinating! The speaker was Blaine T. Bettinger, Phd and he has a couple books out on the use of DNA in genealogy. His class talked about how to do "phasing" with the DNA of your parents and since both my parents and my son have had DNA tested, I can really do this! It will weed out the matches that are attributed to false positives due to the various algorithms the DNA sites use. My dad has so many people in Finland that are matching and we don't know why so that might help with this question.

My mom is now inspired to write so many stories, that she is going to get a cup of coffee and think about what she could write. Regarding family stories, my (maternal) great, great, uncle Dan Goodan, was not a good man. He was a thief, felon and a con man... and also fathered a child with a woman when get out of Folsom prison. This man had several kids and through DNA testing, we met Janet! She is my 3rd cousin, the grand-daughter of Dan Goodan and a really nice lady. She missed out on the cousins that my mom had and it was clear they both were sad about that.. but hopefully, this new "family" connection will help her feel like she does belong with us and connect with us more. 

Day 1 is over and it has been an interesting day, great presenters, location is good, service and concessions have been terrible but you can't have it all!


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