Jamboree: Thursday’s Review

All the fun of Southern California Genealogy Society’s Jamboree begins today – at least for me.

Today is actually Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013 which is a joint conference by the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).  I did not register for the “DNA Day” but I was able to go to the DNA Lunch with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. as the speaker.

And I have to say, it was a great lunch.  The food was okay and I was able to sit next to Richard Aurand Sherer and Brandt Gibson.  After the food, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. took the stage and gave a great lecture.  He was funny and told some amazing stories that really captured the audience’s attention.

(If you don’t know who Dr. Gates is, he is an expert in genetic genealogy, the author of many books, and the host of PBS’s Faces of America.  And?  He revealed today that they will begin filming season 2 in the fall – and Ben Affleck has agreed to be on the show!  Yay!)

Honestly, I didn’t take many notes during the lecture – I was too busy listening.  However, here are the notes I took:

  • Y-DNA is only for males and traces the father’s father line.
  • Mitochondrial DNA is for males and females and traces the mother’s mother line.
  • While talking about common family myths in genealogy, Dr. Gates said: “Every family story is important to record because sometimes, where there is smoke, there is fire.”

The day is definitely not over and while I’ve seen many of my genealogy friends, I know many more will be coming in tonight and tomorrow morning.  And since I spent more time talking than eating at the lunch, I’m gonna go grab some food.

Thanks to Cyndi Howell (or Cyndi's List fame), I got a picture with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paula Stuart Warren.

Thanks to Cyndi Howells (of Cyndi’s List fame), I got a picture with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paula Stuart Warren.

Check back here: I’ll be blogging as much as I can (these things exhaust me and there is so much to fit into such a short amount of time!).  Also follow me on Twitter (@GenealogistElys), on Instagram, and Facebook.

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