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…
Breathe, breathe, 20 days!!!!! Where has the past six months gone?
It has been a busy 10 days, with lunches, coffee mornings, dinner with friends, SAG Writing Discussion Group, I chair that, the Botany Bay Family Heritage Fair, Mother's Day and organising the last of my transport!
Actually I'm more organised than I thought, with just clothes and research to organise.
SAG Writing Discussion Group was great as I had set a task of using only 250 words and including the five senses, write a family history piece. The pieces were wonerful and one even reduced the group to tears. We all agreed that it was a good excercise.
The Botany Bay Family Heritage Fair is an annual event and was fun. I was on the Getting Started table, helping newbies with their research. Several have promised to keep in informed, as to how they are going.
Mother's Day was relaxing, with both breakfast and dinner out and several hours spent sitting in the sun, knitting or reading. My my daughters rang and …