Two days of talks in sunny San Diego with headliners Cece Moore and Blaine Bettinger, what a pleasure for the roughly 275 genetic genealogists attending. I always enjoy any talk by either of them but I had to miss a few to go to other talks, so I am really looking forward to the videos. The people who missed the conference will be able to purchase them in a few weeks from the i4gg site.
Those of you who overflowed the room for my talk on GEDmatch, thanks! My slides are always available at slides.com/kittycooper – this talk is called GEDmatch Basics. I also have a handout in the downloads section here on my blog.
So what other talks did I enjoy besides Cece and Blaine? Barbara Rae-Venter’s presentation of the Lisa project story had me on the edge of my chair and actually gave me nightmares. I don’t think I have ever had that happen before from a genetic genealogy lecture! Congratulations to all those DNAadoption.com volunteers who helped sort out that case!
I loved that Kathy Johnston pointed out the ancestors that you can inherit X from come in a Fibonacci series of numbers for each generation.
But the surprise delight was Leah Larkin’s endogamy presentation. She is the new editor of the Journal of Online Genetic Genealogy (JOGG) at JOGG.info and has endogamy on her Cajun side. This is a very hard topic to explain and to deal with in your genes but she aced this talk and her slides were terrific.
I promised my seatmates that I would post the URLs of some of the tool she mentioned in her slides so here they are.
Try http://learnforeverlearn.com/ancestors/ for a graphic display of endogamy in your tree as well as many other features. Here are 12 generations of my family tree, only the Norwegians go back far enough for any endogamy to show and, as I suspected, the Hordaland folk, in the center, were somewhat endogamous.
If you click on an ancestor you will get an orange box with his information and how he is related to you. Plus the lines descended from him will get bolded.
The other fun tool many had not seen before is the one that draws lines between all your “in common with” matches at family tree DNA. You can adjust it many ways, make the names bigger, size them by cMs, and so forth. Mine just would not load, maybe too many people trying it or maybe I have too many matches from my one Ashkenazi grandad. As I recall when I did one years ago it was very lopsided. So I made one for my Dad. Find this tool at Dnagen.net
Rumor has it that this may become a yearly event. I hope so!