Who’ll Be At FGS 2012 in Birmingham?

FGS 2012 Conference

There will be members of GeneaBloggers present at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama from August 29 – September 1, 2012. If you are a member of GeneaBloggers and you will be attending, please let us know by sending an email to geneabloggers@gmail.com and you’ll be added to the list below.

Lisa Alzo
The Accidental Genealogist

Ruth Blair
The Passionate Genealogist

Diane Boumenot
One Rhode Island Family

Bruce Buzbee
RootsMagic Blog

Kathy Chastain
James County Tennessee Historical Society

Amy Coffin
We Tree

Amy Johnson Crow, CGsm
Amy’s Genealogy Blog

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog
MyHeritage Genealogy Blog
International Jewish Graveyard Rabbit

Dick Eastman
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGLsm
My Family Research
North Georgia Families
Woodward Families

Kay Haden
Leaves of the Tree

Daniel Horowitz
My Heritage (English)

My Heritage (Spanish)

Tonia Kendrick
Tonia’s Roots

Jenny Lanctot
Are My Roots Showing?

Thomas MacEntee

Jamie Mayhew
Branches of My Family Tree
Reflections on Genealogy Research

Linda McCauley
Documenting the Details

Leland Meitzler

Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Finding Forgotten Stories

George Morgan
The Genealogy Guys

Mark Olsen

Diane Richard
Upfront with NGS

Drew Smith
The Genealogy Guys

Paula Stuart-Warren, CGsm
Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica

Debbie Parker Wayne, CGsm
Deb’s Delvings

Sue Tolbert
Nana’s Diggins

Note: CG, Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists of Washington, DC, and used under license.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Ancestry DNA Features at 23andMe


23andMe is proud to announce four new ancestry DNA features to be released in beta by the end of June, 2012. Below is information about the new features from 23andMe.

According to 23andMe, these features are in the early development phases and the images for each are approximations intended to illustrate the anticipated aspects of each feature; the final product may differ from what is depicted. In addition, all of these features should be available for beta testing in late June 2012 except for the Ancestry Painting Update.

23andMe Ancestry Painting

Ancestry Painting Update

Currently our site provides an Ancestry Painting that displays 3 major world regions (European, African and Asian). We are refining this feature to provide Ancestry Paintings based on approximately 20 world regions. The attached example features the real data of Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. host of “Finding Your Roots on PBS.” For Dr. Gates, the updated Ancestry Painting shows more detail between his Northern and Southern European ancestry and is able to distinguish his Native American heritage from Asian.

23andMe - My Ancestry Page

My Ancestry Page

One of our most exciting new features. This page will pull the highlights from each individual’s ancestry and surfaces them on one easy page – no need to go digging around for special labs or tools. From Countries of Origin to how much Neanderthal DNA you have – it will all be conveniently displayed on one page.

23andMe - Relative Finder Map

Relative Finder – Map View

Forget “Where’s Waldo,” now you can see where in the world all your 23andMe Relative Finder matches are. Individuals can also add details to their profile so you can see not just where they are living now but known locations of family in the past so you can better zero in on family searches by location.

23andMe - Family Tree

Family Tree

Watch your family tree grow with 23andMe. Build and share your family tree. Add in details for individuals that include places, life events, traits, skills and fun facts.

Visit the 23andMe Booth at Jamboree!

Stop by the 23andMe booths (#706 and 707) at this weekend’s Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, June 8 through 10, 2012, in Burbank and sign up to be a beta tester for these new features!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Last Call – SCGS Jamboree 2012!

SCGS Jamboree

If you want to attend one of the best genealogy events on the West Coast (and in the United States in my opinion), make sure you register for this year’s Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree by end of day on Sunday, May 28, 2012!

The 43rd annual Jamboree will take place from Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10 in Burbank, California, and includes the following events:

  • Family History Writer’s Conference
  • Tech Tracks
  • Kid’s Camp
  • Movie Night
  • Research Morning at the SCGS Library
  • Autry National Center Tour
  • Genealogy World Discussions
  • Genealogy Society Development Workshop
  • Beginners Genealogy First Steps
  • Beginners Genealogy Next Steps
  • Librarians’ Genealogy Boot Camp
  • Hollywood Gala – What are you wearing? Jeans, T-shirts, Evening wear!, Fancy hair styles? You will see it all!
  • Saturday Breakfast And the Rockets’ Red Glare: Online Resources for War of 1812 Research
  • Saturday Breakfast – Jamboree Genealogy Idol
  • Saturday Banquet – How “Psychic Roots” Became an Unsolved Mystery
  • Sunday Breakfast – The Strange and Unexpected, Dealing with Research Surprises
  • Sunday Breakfast – Cigars, Murder and Women: Reconstructing A Signature Quilt’s Community

In addition you can select from over 130 presentations delivered by 63 speakers! And there will be over 60 members of GeneaBloggers in attendance – see here for more details.

SCGS 2012 Jamboree – Don’t miss it!

Disclosure: Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with the Southern California Genealogical Society, SCGS Jamboree and other genealogy vendors.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee