Sunday 5 June 2016

Recorded presentations from the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree 2016

The Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree took place this weekend. Some of my friends in America were attending and I've been keeping up with their posts on Facebook and Twitter. A number of the sessions were livestreamed around the world, including six sessions from Genetic Genealogy 2016, which was a special day dedicated to DNA testing with a number of parallel streams of talks.

If you were not able to watch the livestreamed sessions you can catch up with them in the online archive so long as you have registered for a free account. Registration details can be found on the Jamboree blog.

The DNA Day presentations are pay to view. You can either pay $99 to watch all six sessions or watch individual sessions at $20 a time. If you sign up for the full package you also have access to the "syllabus" which is the programme for the day and includes all the handouts from the talks. The programme is well worth a read in its own right. The archive of the DNA talks is online until 5th July. For full details see the blog post on the Jamboree blog Jamboree 2016: Miss the Genetic Genealogy 2016 Conference? We've got you covered!

If you've been following the debates in the genetic genealogy community about triangulation and DNA Circles I highly recommend watching the talk by Diahan Southard on "Circles or Triangles? What Shape Is Your DNA?"

I also enjoyed watching Blaine Bettinger's review of genetic genealogy events from the past year and a half. This is an incredibly fast-moving field and it is challenging at the best of times to keep up with all the latest developments, but Blaine did a good job reviewing some of the more important changes from the big three testing companies and the phenomenal growth in the size of the company databases.

Audio recordings of other presentations from the conference, including all the other DNA sessions, can be purchased individually for a fee from the Conference Resource website. Some of the presenters have offered to share their slides online so I will update this blog post with links as they become available.

If you want to get a flavour of the event Randy Seaver has compiled a compendium of blog posts from Jamboree.


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