Seventh International Family Tree DNA Conference for Group Administrators

I attended the Seventh International Family Tree DNA Conference for Group Administrators which was held on 05 November 2011 – 06 November 2011.  I am an administrator for five surname projects at Family Tree DNA:  Busi, Czwalga/Swalga, Danko, Dziurzynski, and Niedzialkowski and I hoped to learn more about the state of the art in the use of DNA for genealogical purposes.

The program was as follows:

Saturday, 05 November 2011
9:00 AM – Welcome (Bennett Greenspan & Max Blankfeld)
9:30 AM – Genographic Project Update: News from the Field (Spencer Wells, PhD)
10:30 AM – Genetic Genealogy Q&A (Bruce Walsh PhD)
11:15 AM – Breakout Sessions
Phasing & Other Analysis of Family Finder Results (David Pike)
Walk through the Y Update (Thomas Krahn)
2:00 PM – The Armenian DNA Project (Peter Hrechdakian)
2:45 PM – One Step Webpages Part 1: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools (Stephen Morse, PhD)
4:00 PM – Q&A Panel

Sunday, 06 November 2011
8:00 AM – ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) Meeting (FTDNA Chapter)
9:00 AM – IT Roadmap 2011: The Year in Review and Looking Ahead (Elliott Greenspan)
9:45 AM – Neandertals in our Midst: Just How Modern is our Genome? (Michael Hammer, PhD)
10:45 AM – DNA of the Three Collas (Peter Biggins & Thomas Roderick)
11:30 AM – One Step Webpages Part II: A Hodgepodge of Lesser Known Gems (Stephen Morse, PhD)
2:00 PM – DNA Tests and the Law – Potential Use of Ancestry Tests for Immigration (Jessica Roberts, JD)
2:45 PM – An Adoptee’s Journey to His Ancestral Surname (Richard Hill, MBA)
3:45 PM – Closing Panel

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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