My Second Virtual Conference and Collaborative Trees

This Saturday I am one of the speakers at the Geneaquest Conference just outside of Chicago, but of course it is now virtual. I was really looking forward to meeting genetic genealogist Maurice Gleeson of Ireland. He is the mainstay of the annual Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference which posts their talks online. He also does much work with adoptees and even occasionally writes a post (click here for his blog).

Personally I had given up traveling to conferences before COVID, but my husband and I decided to see the New England foliage one last time so we had planned a September RV trip and Chicago was on the way. Oh well, maybe next year.

I am giving three talks, two on DNA – cousin matching and 3rd party tools – and another on a favorite genealogy topic of mine: Why you should use a one world collaborative tree. Since the conference is sponsored by the The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI), it seems appropriate to discuss online collaborative trees. This is a topic I have blogged about in the past and I keep updating my comparisons of the three main collaborative trees: FamilySearch, GENI, and WikiTree. That chart is at the end of my blog post at

“See” you there?

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  1. You can upload GEDCOM’s to WikiTree, they enabled this after not allowing this for a couple of years. It’s a very clever concept now, where the upload is happening in batches and it “waits” until you have resolved duplicates until it then continues to upload data from the remainder of the branch.

    Please note that we’re establishing a genetic world tree in our app but as we’re just launched recently we’re nowhere in terms of size of the family tree.

  2. The photo connected to this post depicts (in)famous Nobel Prize winner James Watson. According to Wikipedia, Watson has English and Scottish roots, but not Irish. I wonder why Genetic Genealogy Ireland picked that photo.

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