Blaine was a speaker at THE Genealogy Show, in Birmingham and he was gracious to answer several questions, that I emailed him, after the show. These are his answers. 1) When did you first use DNA and why? I ordered my first DNA test (an autosomal
test, believe it or not) in 2003. I was a genealogist since middle school
(about 1989) and was then in a Ph.D. program using genetics, so the
advertisement I saw online for a DNA test combined the two things I loved the
most. 2) Why do you think DNA is important for
family research? DNA is no more special or important than
any other type of evidence. It is simply another type of evidence we consider
when doing thorough genealogical research. Just as we would consult a new book
published about our family, we should consult new DNA evidence. 3) What have been the biggest changes, in
DNA testing, since it first came into the family research. Almost everything! Probably the biggest
changes since my first test in 2003 is the introduction of autosomal …
After all the wonderful sessions, on Thursday, we all rolled-up for Friday and Saturday's sessions, determined to miss nothing. There wasn't enough time between dinner and bed for us to 'play' with what we had been shown and I do think that sleep was an after thought, for some people. The rain, forcast, for Sydney arrived and we were reaching for umbrellas and dodging puddles, on our way into the venue.
Friday and Blaine stared the day discussing, "Ethical and legal consideration for DNA evidence." Blaine discussed naming a beneficiary, for our DNA tests, when we are gone. To always read the terms and conditions of every test, we take. To give information to those, we want to test, for us. How ot impart senstive information, we find. Ethics is something we all should be aware of and consider carefully.
My next session was with Shelly Crawford, from ConnectedDNA. She mentioned other tools you can use to look at clusters but, really I think her product is the…
In spite of the predicted cold temperatures and rain around 400 dedicated genealogists, descended on Castle Hill RSL, for the start of three days of talks on DNA. Registration was a very smooth process and very soon hugs were being collected, from old and new friends.
9.00am had us all settled into the main theater, for the start of the day. Blaine T Bettinger, the overseas guest speaker, started with, 'Understanding and interpreting your ethnicity results.' This wasn't something I fully understood and Blaine's way of explaining it had me going, 'I get it, now!'
The rest of the day offered two or three different talks, with a variety of speakers.
Kerry Farmer, was my choice, with 'Combining DNA with traditional techniques.' Kerry is a great speaker and I've heard her give several DNA talks, over the years, all are interesting and today's was excellent. I have only just started digging deeper, with my DNA results and this talk re-enforced that w…