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The Future of Genetic Genealogy - Mon, 6 Jun 2016

At the #OGS2016Toronto Conference yesterday (Sunday June 5), one of the last sessions was a panel discussion with the topic: the Future of Genetic Genealogy. On the panel were four distinguished genealogists who know their DNA:

Maurice Gleeson from London, England. DNA and Family Tree Research
CeCe Moore from Southern California. Your Genetic Genealogist
David Pike from St John’s, Newfoundland. Pike Utilities for Autosomal Files
Judy Russell, from New Jersey. The Legal Genealogist

The moderator Elizabeth Kaegi, an expert on DNA herself, did a superb job keeping the panelists to a strict schedule so that all topics could be covered. Even CeCe, who admitted that she always runs overtime, finished just on time. Elizabeth has collaborated with James Thomson in her DNA work.

IMG_1885I was more than pleased when I was offered an opportunity to sponsor this session. Genetic genealogy is an important part of the future of genealogical research, and I was very interested in the direction this was going. I have been working on including some very useful DNA info into Behold. I haven’t really blogged about that yet, but I will soon.

So as a sponsor, I was introduced by James Thomson. Then I got to introduce Elizabeth Kaegi. Then Elizabeth got to introduce the four panelists. Thankfully all these introductions were short and left plenty of time for the session.

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CeCe Moore, Maurice Gleeson, Elizabeth Kaegi, Judy Russell, David Pike

There must have been 200 people in the room. Lara Diamond posted an excellent summary of the session and what each of the panelists thought.

Here’s a few tweets I sent out live during the panel session:


I thank Judy Russell for insisting back on the Unlock the Past Cruise we were on a few months ago together, that I test my 93 year old uncle before it’s too late.

I am excited about the future of genetic genealogy. You should be too.

OGS 2016 Conference Blog Compendium - Sun, 5 Jun 2016

#OGS2016Toronto – These are all the blogs I know of that have posts about the superb conference I just attended in Toronto. I’m only including blogger posts, not the official conference site posts. If there are any I’m missing, please let me know and I’ll update this list.

Updated to include posts to 15 June 2016.

1) Louis Kessler on Louis Kessler’s Behold Blog

2) Lara Diamond on Lara’s Jewnealogy

3) John D Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections

4) Ruth Blair on The Passionate Genealogist

5) Cindi Moynahan-Foreman on My Moynahan Genealogy Blog

6) Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

7) Judy Russell on The Legal Genealogist

8) Israel Pickholtz on All My Foreparents

9) Gail Dever on Genealogy à la carte

10) RFB on Our Family Shrub

11) Hank Cradduck on LTPhotoMan’s Website

12) Mags Gaulden on Grandma’s Genes Blog

13) Dan Heidt on WI Blog

14) Janet Iles on Janet the Researcher

26 Hours in Toronto–The OGS 2016 Conference - Sun, 5 Jun 2016

Wow! #OGS2016Toronto - What an experience! This was a superb conference.

My time there was so chock full that I barely had time to breathe. I met and talked to so many people, but even so, there were so many more I would have liked to talk to.

I only made plans a couple of months ago to go to the Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2016 Conference in Toronto. It was a three day conference, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to go on the Friday, but there was enough on the Sunday that I just had to use some airmiles and go.

I was only in Toronto for 26 hours, but so much happened, I felt like I was a way for a week. My tweets from the Conference tell much of the story.

I landed in Toronto Saturday at 3:30 p.m.


Then I had time to the speed through the really great Expo Hall before it started closing up for the day.

Unfortunately I hadn’t bought a ticket for the Saturday evening Banquet, because I didn’t really expect to be going to anything on the Saturday. I had only registered for the Sunday. But I went to the pre-banquet social time and talked to many people.

Hit the sack and woke up early for a full Sunday. I saw that Lara Diamond had just that morning blogged about the conference so far:

I squeezed in 10 minutes to talk to Esther.

At 1:15 was the Panel on the Future of Genetic Genealogy that Behold Genealogy got to sponsor. It deserves it’s own blog post, so my next post will be on this. At 2:30 CeCe Moore gave the Conference closing keynote: "Lessons from the Cutting Edge". 700 people were packed into the room.

Even the bus to the airport was eventful.

Paul Jones and crew put on a fantastic event and deserve a medal.

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Paul Jones, Conference Chair, closing the conference.