08 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Kitty Munson Cooper

Kitty Munson Cooper is a well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started her blog, blog,kittycooper.com, in 2012 to keep track of her family's DNA tests as well as her genealogical research. Written for her relatives with simple step-by-step pictorial explanations, the blog soon became extremely popular and currently receives over 1000 unique visitors a day. Her interest in family history and genealogy started at her beloved Aunt Marion's funeral in 1997 when she realized that many stories had died with her aunt. She resolved not to let any more of them be forgotten and started collecting stories, pictures, and family data from that day forward. Kitty started programming computers in 1966 while still in high school and currently has her own small web development business.

She has created a number of tools for the genetic genealogy community for displaying pictures of who their DNA is from, showing overlapping segments, and grouping the DNA overlaps.  She graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1972 and is also a World Champion Bridge player.  Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Lakeside, California with her husband Steve and their dog Navajo.

TH010 Thursday June 4,  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Breaking Brick Walls with DNA Testing 
This session will present two case studies showing how DNA was used to break genealogical brick walls. Success story with Y-DNA: Lars Monsen. Success story with Autotsomal DNA: Anna Knutsdatter.

TH0023 Thursday June 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
How to do a DNA Triangulation to Confirm a Specific Ancestor
The same question seems to come up over and over again among those new to autosomal DNA testing.  If I match A and B on the same segment why is that not enough to prove they match each other and we have a common ancestor?

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