Category Archives: 2019

RootsTech 2019 DNA

RootsTech 2019 is drawing to a close. The word is that it was another success. One of these years, I may have to attend, but I hate cold weather! They videotaped some of the sessions for the world to watch anytime, which is a great resource for us all. You can watch the taped presentations here: Look in the section called Rootstech Sessions.

I have made a list of the “DNA topical” sessions below. This special list is not meant to suggest the other programs are not good. Rather, this list is to help our DNA Interest Group figure what to talk about next! 🙂

As an aside, I got all excited and ordered a MyHeritage test kit after hearing about all the new things they just announced! Color me sucker. PS., I really do love AncestryDNA’s new ThruLines too. I am going to be busy this year!

DNA Oriented Videos

Connecting Your DNA Matches

Diahan Southard takes you through your DNA match list and explains the Shared Matches tool. Learn how to create and employ a number of tools to boost your confidence in your genetic genealogy skills.

What You Don’t Know about Ancestry (Sponsored by Ancestry)

Join Crista Cowan (the Barefoot Genealogist) and preview Ancestry’s cool new tools that are geared to improve and accelerate your family history research.

Essential Considerations for DNA Evidence

Blaine Bettinger will explain how to use DNA evidence correctly and correlated with documentary evidence. In this session he will examine some of the considerations, limitations, and pitfalls we should consider when using DNA evidence.

Getting the Most Out of Billions of Records on MyHeritage SuperSearch (Sponsored by MyHeritage)

One of the best ways to maximize MyHeritage is to host your tree at MyHeritage, where the systems will automatically help you find new records, fill gaps in your existing tree, and provide matches that can help you efficiently discover new ancestors and family members. In this session, Mike Mansfield will help you learn how to move your tree from online tree systems to MyHeritage and how MyHeritage works with your tree to find new and additional information that you can easily evaluate and add to your tree.

Examining Your DNA Matches with DNA Painter

DNA Painter is a website that can help interpret and demystify your autosomal DNA results. Using practical examples, Jonny Perl will demonstrate how DNA Painter can be used for a variety of activities including chromosome mapping and relationship prediction for unknown DNA matches.

Leading with Science at 23andMe (Sponsored by 23andMe)

In this session, Sarah Lashkey will walk through how research works at 23andMe and how you can contribute to scientific discoveries.

Recorded Classes

Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy

Presenter: Michael Lemar Strauss. This session will be recorded and available to view on demand after the conference.

You Can Do DNA

Presenters: Christi Lynn Jacobsen, Dana Leeds, Diahan Southard. This session will be recorded and available to view on demand after the conference.

“We must remember that impossible is not a fact, it’s an attitude.” – Christiana Figueres, Nature

RootsTech 2019

RootsTech 2019 is ready to start!

The conference will start Wednesday, running Feb. 27 to March 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and promises to be bigger and better than ever!

RootsTech organizers have posted information on how to view some sessions (called live streaming) free at for those of us unable to attend.  (Remember that times shown are Mountain Time Zone.)

They will also record some classes, for viewing later. This is new this year, so be sure to watch as this list is updated. I see 12 classes, plus the daily keynote sessions. There will be something for everyone!

”Don’t ask the barber whether you need a haircut.” – Warren Buffet

Monthly Meeting – February 7, 2019 – “Breaking Down Your Genealogical Brick Walls” by Shelley McFadden

We have all encountered brick walls while searching our family tree. We are unable to find a family member or solve a family mystery. How many years have you been searching? Perhaps you are unsure if they are dead, alive, or simply changed their residence? As Detective Sergeant Joe Friday said in the TV series or movie – Dragnet, “Give me the facts Ma’am just the facts.” This presentation will demonstrate a process that will help you break down those brick walls!!

Shelley McFadden has been doing genealogy for over 40 years. She had two grandmothers who at the turn of the 20th Century were busy doing their family genealogy. Shelley is currently the lst Vice President of Programs for Monterey County Genealogy Society, always looking for Genealogy speakers. She is also a member of the local – Commodore Sloat Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Associate member in the Aloha Chapter in Hawaii. Shelley is a Charter Member for The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Hawaii (NSCDA).

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.

“Isn’t genealogy fun? The answer to one problem leads to two more!”

Last minute decision?

The 38th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar is being held this next Saturday, January 26. Some folks couldn’t decide ahead of time as to whether they could come or not. Let me help you decide….

The word on the street says it will or won’t rain Saturday — you need not care, the event is being held indoors! And there are indeed seats still available at the conference. All you have to do to attend is show up at the LDS Church in Seaside between 8:00 am-8:30 am with $25! You can register easily and no one will notice you because it is always crowded at the “last minute desk”! Lunch is included! Last class ends between 3:30-4:00 pm. If you have the flu or are attending an inauguration event, you are excused. Otherwise….


  • Parking is tough if you are late. Try to car-pool. And remember, the Church is on a corner –> check the other side!
  • You can connect to Wi-Fi when in the building, the Name and Password is provided in the building. We do ask, though, that you silence your phone while in classes. Vibrate is OK.
  • Addicted to caffeine? None is provided. I bring my thermos and leave it in the car.
  • Need a mid morning boost? I also leave an apple in my car!
  • Tender bottom? Me too. Some chairs are hard. I bring a padded sports cushion!
  • Don’t forget to bring something to take notes with! Pencils and pens are not provided. I am no longer surprised by people trying to borrow my pencil! Yes, it is OK to bring your iPad.

Click here to get more details on the schedule and location.

” It is probable that that improbable things will happen; therefore what is improbable is probable. ” – Jordan Ellenberg