19 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Dave Dowell, PhD

Dave Dowell was an academic librarian for 35 years and prior to that was a special investigator in the U.S. Air Force.  He has 2 degrees in history and 2 in library science.  He has researched family histories since the 1960's.  He is an ethicist, lecturer and author whose two most recent books are Crash Course in Genealogy (2011) and NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2014).  He formerly taught "Genealogy Research" and "Ethics in the Information Age" at Cuesta College and chaired the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association.  He blogs on genealogical topics as "Dr.D Digs Up Ancestors" at http://blog.ddowell.com.  He coordinates three DNA projects.

Dr. Dowell has taught library science courses face-to-face and online for 15 years and made presentations to local, regional, and national library groups.  He has taught genealogy research classes in both California and Tennessee, and made presentations on genetic genealogy to community groups and local genealogy societies in California, Illinois, and Tennessee.  He currently lectures on genealogy research at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt University.

TH008 Thursday June 4, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Should We Test DNA? Trying to Balance Technology and Human Values 
Technology advances faster than legal and ethical constraints to guide its appropriate use.  How do the rights to privacy, security and intellectual property interact with our right to know?

TH016 Thursday June 4, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Which Ancestors Send DNA Messages to Which Living Descendants?
Four distinct DNA inheritance patterns define which ancestors can give you information about your family history and which living relatives may have received additional relevant information about you.

SA048 Saturday June 5, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Panel: Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
What is the current "state of the art" in relation to each of the major DNA tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA, autosomal DNA, and X chromosome? Which companies test which? What advances are being made in the field?

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