Sep 7, 2019

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Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 2 Aug 2019

Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 2 Aug 2019

I was privileged to be an ambassador for the Unlock the Past DNA Down Under tour and went to both the one day Brisbane and 3 day Sydney events. Read about my report for Brisbane here. As Sydney was over 3 days I have written the report in two parts. Read about Days 1-2 here. This post is about Day 3 and a general overall review. The third day was a bit sad as quite a few of us turned up with our suitcases as we were heading home at the end of the day. Amazing how fast three days go when you are having fun and super excited. Blaine Bettinger was all set to go again and his first session was The Stories Behind the Segments. This was about chromosome mapping, identifying and organising segments. Remember you may be related in more than one way. DNA Painter can be used for this and you can get individual segment data from everywhere except Ancestry. As Blaine said, chromosome mapping is a way to travel through space and time and tell family stories. My next talk was Louise Coakley with Hone in With WATO (What Are The Odds) and this was something that I have been wanting to know more about. This tool can be found on the DNA Painter website. Louise bravely did a live demonstration to show how easy it was (it certainly looked easy). Basically you need a research question such as where does a mystery match fit into your tree. Best to include matches who share 40cM or more. It’s not suitable for endogamy, double cousins or or three quarter siblings. I will be trying it out on Dad’s bio family as I still need to tie things together. Morning tea followed and again the delicious cakes/slices and people running around to catch up with others they had not yet talked to. With over 400 genealogists it was often hard to spot someone and then you had to find a quiet spot to have a chat. Then another Blaine talk on Phasing and Mapping Your DNA. This looked at other DNA Painter tools including bulk import and you can even import ethnicity from 23 & Me into DNA Painter. Apparently 23 & Me gives ethnicity on each chromosome. I need to explore...

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Sep 4, 2019

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Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 1 Aug 2019

Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 1 Aug 2019

I was privileged to be an ambassador for the Unlock the Past DNA Down Under tour and went to both the one day Brisbane and 3 day Sydney events. Read about my report for Brisbane here. As Sydney was over 3 days I will report first on Days 1 and 2 and then a second blog post for Day 3 and an overall review. A lot of DNA topics were covered and I was really glad to have made the trip to Sydney. After the registration queue in Brisbane, my room mate and I decided to arrive early and arrived at the venue at 8.00 am. Too late – there was already a sizable queue and it wasn’t due to open until 8.30 am. Thankfully they opened up early (it was a bit cool outside) and we all swarmed into the Castle Hill RSL which is quite palatial. Up two floors of escalators (we don’t even have any buildings that high on Bribie Island) to the exhibitor area and registration desk. I swooped in early to buy a copy of the second edition of Blaine Bettinger’s book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy as I had missed out in Brisbane. Then it was seeking out the coffee machine and catching up with old friends. The noise level of 400 genealogists has to be heard to be believed. However, by 9.00 am Blaine Bettinger was ready to go and his stamina was amazing as he gave the most talks over the three days. There were two other streams that catered for beginners or those wanting specific topics. Main speakers included Louise Coakley, Kerry Farmer and Michelle Patient with a number of other speakers giving one talk each. First session was Blaine on Understanding and Interpreting Your Ethnicity Results which was a good introduction to the conference. Ethnicity results have improved over the last few years with bigger testing groups and Blaine showed how they could be used in conjunction with traditional genealogy research. They are not ‘just entertainment’ but they have limitations. It’s like any resource/tool, it needs to be used with other resources. Another Blaine phrase I liked was ‘source snobbery’. A key thing to remember is that modern geographic names don’t relate to borders which may have changed many...

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Aug 17, 2019

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Brisbane DNA DownUnder Report Aug 2019...

Brisbane DNA DownUnder Report Aug 2019

Bribie Island is about an hour’s drive from the event venue and the highway traffic can be unpredictable. After an early start I arrived about 15 minutes before registration was about to commence. Totally shocked to find the car park almost full but I managed to get one of the last spots. Then more shock as I joined the queue to register and slowly shuffled in. There were some familiar faces in the crowd but also a lot...

Jun 13, 2019

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Waves in Time Family & Local History Conference, Queensland – Part 2...

Waves in Time Family & Local History Conference, Queensland – Part 2

This is the second blog post on my attendance at the Waves in Time Conference on the Sunshine Coast in May 2019. Read Part 1 here. Part 2 looks at the Conference over Saturday and Sunday. With the exception of the Keynotes, there was a dual program on both days. This obviously meant having to decide which session to attend. However, all speakers were asked to provide a handout and this was given to attendees on a USB....

Jun 1, 2019

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Waves in Time 2019 Family & Local History Conference – Queensland Part 1...

Waves in Time 2019 Family & Local History Conference – Queensland Part 1

After two years of waiting and planning, the 3rd biannual History Queensland family and local history conference is over. Waves in Time was a wonderful conference thanks to the extensive planning by Caloundra Family History Research and History Queensland. The venue was great, catering amazing, tasty and plentiful, speakers interesting and lots of tempting exhibitors to pass the time in between. Plus we got to catch up with old geneabuddies and make new ones. I even won a...

Apr 24, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Barb Toohey...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Barb Toohey

I  am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My sixth and final speaker interview is with Barb Toohey from Canberra. We have asked her a set of questions to learn more about her interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell us a...

Apr 22, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Cara Downes, National Archives of Australia...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Cara Downes, National Archives of Australia

I  am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My fifth speaker interview is with Cara Downes from the National Archives of Australia. We have asked her a set of questions to learn more about her interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell...

Apr 17, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Michelle Patient, The Patient Genie...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Michelle Patient, The Patient Genie

I  am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My fourth speaker interview is with Michelle Patient, also known as The Patient Genie. We have asked her a set of questions to learn more about her interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell...

Apr 6, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Dan Kelly, Boolarong Press...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Dan Kelly, Boolarong Press

I am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My third interview is with Dan Kelly from Boolarong Press. We have asked him a set of questions to learn more about his interest in publishing and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell us a little about...

Mar 23, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Jason Reeve, Ancestry...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Jason Reeve, Ancestry

I  am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My second speaker interview is with Jason Reeve from Ancestry. We have asked him a set of questions to learn more about his interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell us a little about...