Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D. (Biochemistry), J.D., is an intellectual property attorney, popular speaker on DNA topics, and the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist. He has been interviewed on genealogical and personal genomics topics and quoted in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired magazine, and others.
Dr. Bettinger is the administrator of the Bettinger Surname Project and co-administrator for the R1b-L1/S26 Y-DNA Haplogroup Project. He frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry, and recently had his genome sequenced through the Personal Genome Project.
TH009 Thursday June 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Peering into the
Future of Genetic Genealogy
Blaine Bettinger, JD - moderator. Panelists: Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA; Johanna Mountain of 23andMe; AncestryDNA; and Diahan Southard
TH010 Thursday June 5, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry
For years, genealogists have focused on Y-DNA and mtDNA, unable to access the wealth of information in the remainder of their DNA. At long last, new autosomal DNA tests reveal this hidden information. Genealogists can use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.
FR018 Friday June 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard
How does DNA fit into the Genealogical Proof Standard? Since DNA testing is now so affordable, should it be part of every reasonably exhaustive search? DNA is great for refuting a hypothesis, but is it any good at supporting one? We will examine when DNA testing might form part of a reasonable search, as well as the many ways that DNA testing can be used to test an existing conclusion or hypothesis.
SA049 Saturday June 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
ISOGG Ask The Experts about DNA and Genealogy
SU029 Sunday June 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Begging for Spit
One of the biggest challenges facing genealogists is asking family members and non-genealogists to undergo DNA testing. Together we’ll examine novel and interactive ways to encourage participation by making these individuals stakeholders in DNA testing.
SA026 Saturday June 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Our panel of genealogists who are also bloggers will participate in a discussion of why blogging is important to their research. Participants will be able to ask questions about blogging and get a better understanding of why blogging works to improve genealogical research and to document the stories of our ancestors.