RootsTech Day 3 – What’s the Best DNA Test for Me?

So, something's been waking up inside of me at RootsTech and today I decided to feed the beast and learn more. On Day 3 of RootsTech, I attended two more DNA classes, both a bit more remedial, to get a solid DNA foundation.   I haven't studied Genetics since 9th-grade Biology, and that was a long time ago. What I've noticed from talking to other attendees as we discuss DNA is it would be easy to either make someone glossy-eyed with technical jargon overload or oversimplify the science to the point of saying "you spit in a tube and then a miracle occurs and you have people matches and ethnicity reports."   All the lectures I've attended have been amazing--some more technical than others--but I've walked away from each lecture with a better understanding of the science and the opportunities. And that's no small feat for a technical topic. So bravo speakers!       Two Terrific DNA Classes (grab the handouts)  First, I attended We Are Famil…
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RootsTech 2018 – Day 2

For me, today was DNA day. Tomorrow may be too. I've tested with two companies so far, Ancestry and MyHeritage. I have tons of DNA matches on both sites*, but it's been hard for me to get excited about DNA because these are autosomal tests that are good to about the 5th generation and my direct line family tree is complete to that point. I just don't get the same rush as people who are finding clues to their parentage, etc. But as I was talking today with someone for whom DNA is their last, best hope of connecting with family, it struck me that I may be that essential link for someone.      How privileged am I? I don't need to test for my own benefit, I need to test because I was fortunate enough to be the one who descended with all the information. If someone out there shares my genes and is hunting for family, I need to get my test results out to as many sites as possible to make the information accessible.   So the first lecture I attended, Update …
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RootsTech 2018 – Day 1

Well, that was crazy! I've been a little ho, hum about attending RootsTech this year. Too many distractions to be fully committed to the conference. But I'm local, so I showed up, and I'm glad I did. First of all, the schedule is all new this year and I love it. Wednesday is usually the Innovators Summit and there's a catered lunch and it's not as heavily attended as the rest of the week. This year, they started the General RootsTech sessions on Wednesday and then at 4 pm they held an Innovation Showcase (which I missed in person, but was able to partially catch on Facebook live-sweet). The Expo Hall then opened from 6-8 pm. Because the RootsTech track classes started a day early, and the Expo Hall and Cafeteria/Dining area didn't open until 6 pm, the Convention Center was more packed than I've ever seen it. There was no place to go except classes and it was fun to see classes so well attended and feed off the excitement and energy of the speakers and participants. …
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