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A Year of “Retirement” - Blog entry by lkessler - 44 min. ago

One year ago today, I celebrated my 60th birthday and on the same day I retired from my job of 41 years. Since then, it’s been quite a year. I wonder how I ever had time for a day job. I recently got back from my 4th genealogy conference of the year. In February, I was at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, July at ...

Another Estimate of Speed and Balding Figure 2B - Blog entry by lkessler - 15 Nov 2017

Ten days ago, I produced an article: Revisiting Speed and Balding, where I tried to duplicate the results of their Figure 2B. I posted a link to the article on the ISOGG Facebook group, and received a lot of comments, mostly from Andrew Millard and Debbie Kennett. Debbie also provided quite a few comments ...

FTDNA’s 13th IGG Conference Lab Tour - Blog entry by lkessler - 13 Nov 2017

#FTDNA2017 – What a great conference! So many people I could talk to at a technical level and so many that I learned from. I averaged less than 5 hours of sleep per night just because the day was so full, every morning was an early wakeup, and I had to watch Saturday Night Live. I left Winnipeg with 5 cm (2 ...

FTDNA’s 13th International Genetic Genealogy Conf Day 3 - Blog entry by lkessler - 12 Nov 2017

#FTDNA2017 - First up, another breakfast sponsored by FTDNA. This was followed at 8 a.m. by an ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) chapter meeting, my first. It was led by Katherine Bodger, the Director and co-founder of the society. ISOGG was founded in 2005 after the first Family Tree DNA ...

FTDNA’s 13th International Genetic Genealogy Conf Day 2 - Blog entry by lkessler - 11 Nov 2017

The day began with Max Blankfeld and Bennett Greenspan greeting the entire group. After honoring the veterans, and there must have been 50 in the room who stood to loud applause, they provided a bit of information about the conference. There are 240 in attendance. About 50 people, including myself, raised their ...

FTDNA’s 13th International Genetic Genealogy Conf, Day 1 - Blog entry by lkessler - 10 Nov 2017

Location: Houston Texas. About 200 genetic genealogists have gathered for 3 days of talks and mingling and discussion about the state of DNA analysis. It’s very exciting for me to be with and talk to so many experts, each with a slightly different viewpoint and their own specialties in this field. The day ...

15 Years of Genealogy Blogging - Blog entry by lkessler - 7 Nov 2017

Today is my Behold Blog’s 15’th blogiversary.  My first blog post was on Thursday, November 7, 2002. This blog post commemorating my blogiversary is my 1084th. I’m not as prolific a writer as Randy Seaver or James Tanner, but an average of 72 posts a year, more than one a week, isn’t that bad. ...

Revisiting Speed and Balding - Blog entry by lkessler - 5 Nov 2017

Last weekend, I enjoyed two webinars by Tim Janzen that were part of MyHeritage’s One-Day Genealogy Seminar with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Tim gave an introductory talk and an advanced talk on the use of Autosomal DNA Testing. In both talks, Tim showed the well-known and often referred to Speed and ...

Family Tree DNA’s November Conference - Blog entry by lkessler - 19 Oct 2017

I managed to get registered today for The 13th Annual International Conference on Genetic Genealogy held each year by Family Tree DNA and I’ll be going to Houston from November 10 to 12 to attend. This is a tough one to get into (unless you are a speaker) as registration is only open to FTDNA group ...

GCGS 2017 Day 3 - Blog entry by lkessler - 15 Oct 2017

#cangensummit2017 – The final day at the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia was a half-day with 6 talks in 2 tracks. We all met for a breakfast together, and then I led off repeating my talk from the day before on intro DNA. I had a few less people than the day before since many had ...