21 September 2014

Genetic Genealogy Education: I4GG 2014 Conference Videos

Over 400 attendees plus speakers attended the first International Conference for Genetic Genealogy in the Washington, DC, area in August 2014. The conference was organized by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (I4GG). Most of the sessions were recorded and are now available at a great price! Over 27 hours of education for $50.00 (USD).

Tim Janzen and CeCe Moore, founders of I4GG, made this announcement today:
The videos from the 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference are now available for sale for those of you who were not able to attend this event. CeCe's spouse Lennart Martinsson has spent many hours editing these videos and getting them ready for you to view. Access to the videos may be purchased at http://i4gg.org/pricing. The quality of the videos that were shot in the Aiton Auditorium are generally of higher quality than the videos that were shot in the Ohio Room both from a video standpoint and an audio standpoint. We did not have permission to videotape Spencer Well's presentation or Angie Bush's presentation. We videotaped Jim Bartlett's presentation, but unfortunately the video card that held that presentation was somehow faulty and we were unable to recover the video of that presentation. Fortunately, much of the material that Jim covered in his presentation was also included in his portion of the FTDNA workshop video.

We are only distributing links to the videos to those who paid a registration fee for the conference and to the speakers. If you purchase access to the videos we would appreciate it if you would not share the links to the videos with other people who did not attend the conference. If you share the links to the videos with others who did not attend the conference then this will deprive the speakers from additional revenue from the sale of the videos that they would otherwise be receiving. We have tried to make the prices for the videos as reasonable as we possibly can. If people who did not attend the conference ask you for more information about how to gain access to the videos, please refer them to the Institute for Genetic Genealogy website.
My presentation on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) was the first session on Saturday. I started speaking at the start time listed in the conference presentation. Apparently the camera wasn't recording yet, but I wasn't aware of that. There is a little shakiness at the beginning of the video as the camera operator moves the camera around to get it situated. The first three slides aren't recorded.

What is missing is my title slide:

An illustration and description of a cell showing mtDNA outside of the nucleus and autosomal and X-Y DNA inside the nucleus:

A slide describing how mtDNA is passed down to descendants:

All images © Debbie Parker Wayne

I hope this helps anyone who views the video. I cannot wait to find time to view all of the sessions I could not attend in person and review some of the ones I did see in person. I hope those of you who could not attend find the videos useful. Some of the sessions have advanced content with discussions about intricate details of DNA analysis by those who have been involved in the science for over a decade. Don't let those scare you away from genetic genealogy. Start with the beginner sessions if you are new to genetic genealogy. You can come back and view those advanced sessions later on when you are ready.

I hope this model of making recordings available at a very reasonable price takes off. It would be great if we see something similar from other institutes and conferences. I suspect the low price for you to access the videos is primarily due to the time donated by Lennart Martinsson. Thank you, Lennart, for supporting genetic genealogy in this way.

CeCe and Tim are planning another I4GG conference and will announce it when details are available. They may rotate the conference from east to west coast in the U.S. I've also heard some people asking for conferences to be held outside of the U.S. So stay alert for future announcements. This is a conference you do not want to miss!

Some speakers made handouts available to accompany the video. Some made copies of the slide presentations available. Some did both. All the options provide a great educational experience that helps us all advance our knowledge of genetic genealogy. Go forth and learn!

Disclosure: The speakers, including me, were paid to present at this conference and were compensated for some travel costs. Additional fees may be paid to the speakers based on sales of the videos.


To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "Genetic Genealogy Education: I4GG 2014 Conference Videos," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 21 September 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

12 September 2014

Free Genealogy Education: Newton County, Texas FRIDAY (TODAY) and SATURDAY

I didn't see any publicity about this online until today when a notice was placed on several Rootsweb mail lists. I hope the planners got the word out in local newspapers so the attendance will be good. If you are in the southeast Texas area this weekend maybe you can fit in one of these sessions. I am sure the speakers will appreciate your attendance.


Image of East Texas road, © 2013, Debbie Parker Wayne

Newton County (Texas) Genealogy Conference
Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, 2014


Check with the History Center and library (presumably at 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966) for directions to the different venues. No addressees were included with the notice I received, but Newton is a small town and it should not be difficult to find your way around.

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    • 1:00-1:45 P.M.
      • Billie Grunden, Celia's Jewelry, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library
      • Linda Reynolds, Using the East Texas Research Center, Newton County Welcome Center
    • Break 1:45-2:00 P.M.
    • 2:00-3:00 P.M.
      • Billie Grunden, A Genealogical Journey to the War of 1812, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library
      • Dickie Dixon, Getting Started in the County Clerk's Office, Newton County Clerk's Office
    • Break 3:00-3:15 P.M.
    • 3:15-4:15 P.M.
      • Genevieve Kitterman, Finding Lost Cemeteries: Research and Field Work Using
        Maps, Satellite and Aerial Images
        , Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical, Newton County Library
      • Dickie Dixon, Getting Started in the District Clerk's Office, Newton County Welcome Center
    • 3:30-4:45 P.M.
      • Library staff, Using Heritage Quest, Newton County Library
  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    • 8:00-9:00 A.M.
      • Winnie Graham, Family Memoirs and Under the Black Gum Tree, Newton County Civic Center
      • Dickie Dixon, Using Federal Decennial and Texas State Censuses, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
    • Break 9:00-9:15
    • 9:15-10:15 A.M.
      • Herman Wright, Rosenwald Schools in the Newton County Area, Newton County Civic Center
      • Dickie Dixon, Mechanic's Liens, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
    • Break 10:15-10:30 A.M.
    • 10:30-11:30 A.M.
      • Alana Inman, Using the Sam Houston Regional Library, Newton County Civic Center
      • Dickie Dixon, The Kathleen Hinson Dixon Story, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
    • 11:30A. M. -12:30 P.M. Lunch, Local Eateries include Brookshire Brothers, Dairy Queen, Hacienda Vieja, Jiffy Mart (Exxon), Subway
    • 12:30-1:30 P.M.
      • Carolyn Ericson, Civil War Research, Newton County Civic Center
      • Dickie Dixon, Effectively Using City Directories, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
    • Break 1:30-1:45 P.M.
    • 1:45-2:45 P.M.
      • Keith Allred, Writing Your Family's History, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
      • Ron Rodgers, Using LDS genealogical Resources, Newton County Civic Center

To cite this blog post: Debbie Parker Wayne, "Free Genealogy Education: Newton County, Texas FRIDAY (TODAY) and SATURDAY," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 12 September 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

02 September 2014

Upcoming Speaking Engagements (and past ones in 2014)

One of my friends reminded me I need to be better about promoting upcoming speaking engagements so she can attend when possible. These last few months have been crazy getting ready to do the first ever week-long genetic genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the first
International Genetic Genealogy conference sponsored by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (I4GG) and much more. The FGS conference in San Antonio just ended. This has been a busy summer for speaking in places that require more than a short drive.

So what is coming soon?

Saturday, September 6
Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society
Mesquite Public Library, 300 West Grubb St., Mesquite, Texas
9:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • Mining Tax Rolls
  • Organizing for Research and Sharing: Paper and Electronic Files
  • Online Search Techniques of Highly Successful Genealogists
  • Finding Online Books and Journals


Tuesday, September 23
Austin Genealogical Society
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Drive, Austin, Texas
6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
  • GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today

Saturday, October 4
Oklahoma Genealogical Society
Oklahoma Historical Society, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today
  • Maternal Lines: Using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
  • Paternal Lines:Using Y-DNA
  • Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent


Saturday, October 11
Mid-Cities Genealogical Society
Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Dr., Euless, Texas
10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today
  • Maternal Lines: Using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
  • Paternal Lines:Using Y-DNA
  • Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent


Saturday, October 25
Genealogy Workshop for Beginners with Scott Fitzgerald and Debbie Parker Wayne
East Texas Genealogical Society
9:00a.m. to 4:15p.m.
  • Steps for Beginning Genealogy (Scott)
  • Organizing for Research and Sharing: Paper and Electronic Files (Debbie)
  • Finding and Using Census Records Effectively (Debbie)
  • Texas Courthouse Research (Scott)
  • DNA: What Can It Do for Genealogy (Debbie)
  • Genealogy Websites (Scott)


And what filled the rest of the spring and summer (for completeness of the 2014 speaking schedule)?

  • August 27 to 30, FGS in San Antonio, Texas, where I helped Elissa Scalise Powell and Judy G. Russell teach the "BCG Certification Seminar" and I presented "Texas Resource Gems," "DNA Case Studies," and "Using mtDNA and X-DNA"
  • August 15 to 17, Chevy Chase, Maryland, the first International Genetic Genealogy conference sponsored by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (I4GG) where I presented "Using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)" and then got to attend many great presentations by the most knowledgeable genetic genealogists of the day
  • August 9, Huntsville, Texas, where I presented "GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today" and "Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent"
  • July 20 to 25, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Pennsylvania, where CeCe Moore, Blaine Bettinger, and I taught two concurrent Practical Genetic Genealogy courses because we had so many people enroll we could fill two classrooms
  • June 8 to 13, IGHR at Samford University, Angela McGhie invited me to be part of her new Intermediate Course where I taught "Mining Tax Rolls: More than Property Lists," "Directory Assistance: Using City and Other Directories," and "DNA and Genetic Genealogy, GATA GACC!"
  • May 19, Angelina County Genealogical Society, Lufkin, Texas, where I presented "DNA Case Studies"
  • May 7 to 10, NGS in Richmond, Virginia, where I worked the BCG Education Fund workshops, helped Elissa Scalise Powell and Judy G. Russell teach the "BCG Certification Seminar" and I presented "DNA Case Studies"
  • April 14, Cherokee County Genealogical Society, Jacksonville, Texas, where I presented "Tax and Land Laws"
  • April 5, Houston Genealogical Forum, Houston, Texas, where I presented an expanded version of "Tax and Land Laws"
  • March 24 to 29, Forensic Genealogy Institute of CAFG, where I presented a one-hour "Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy" and an advanced half-day version expanding on the one-hour session
  • March 11, Illinois State Genealogical Society, webinar on "Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent"

I definitely have good intentions of blogging about the upcoming speaking engagements instead of about the ones already in the past. Keeping my fingers crossed I can make good on these intentions.

And I'd love to meet you all at the upcoming events.



To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "Upcoming Speaking Engagements (and past ones in 2014)," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 2 September 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

13 July 2014

MyHeritage: Free access to WWI records for a limited time

Here is a chance to check out some of the records on MyHeritage.com free through the end of July. MyHeritage.com offers some unique records and tools on their site.

Through the end of July 2014 you can get free access to World War I records. This is to commemorate 100 years since the war started in 1914.

For more information check out the MyHeritage blog post, "Search WWI military records for free!" Collections include:
  • Silver War Badge Recipients, 1914–1918
  • British Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
  • The National Roll of the Great War, 1914–1918
  • Tennessee WWI Veterans
  • Ireland's Memorial Records, 1914–1918
  • Royal Navy and Royal Marine Casualties, 1914–1919
  • De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914–1924
  • Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations 1914–1920
  • British Officers Taken as Prisoners of War, 1914–1918
  • British Military Officers
  • Victoria Cross Recipients, 1854–2006

Enjoy this free access. Take some time to explore other offerings on MyHeritage.com. For eaxmple, check out Randy Seaver's post on "Smart Matching in MyHeritage" at http://www.geneamusings.com/2011/06/smart-matching-in-myheritage.html for one of the great features offered. You may find the site is useful to your research and decide to subscribe.


To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "MyHeritage: Free access to WWI records for a limited time," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 13 July 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

29 June 2014

Openings in Practical Genetic Genealogy at GRIP 2014

I just heard we had some cancellations so we have a couple of open seats in the Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). The course runs from July 20-25, 2014, in Pittsburgh at LaRoche College. This is the first week-long genetic genealogy course to be offered in the U.S. The course is a mixture of classroom presentations and hands-on exercises. The best way to learn how to use DNA for genealogy is to do it!

A registration waitlist link is at http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=73 or just e-mail info@GRIPitt.org with a subject like "WAITLIST Practical Genetic Genealogy."

The course description is at http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=1147. The GRIP website also has travel information and everything you need to know about the institute and the facilities.

A few people told me they wanted to get in, but were too late. Now is your chance. I wish I had e-mail addresses to contact those people directly, but most I met at conferences or society meetings and have no contact information. If you know someone who might be interested please pass this on.

The course will be taught by Blaine Bettinger, CeCe Moore, and me. We have divided up the topics so we each teach the sessions we have the most expertise and interest in. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there and know it will be a great group to be part of.

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

24 June 2014

TSLAC Genealogy After Dark, 18 July 2014

The Texas State Library continues its Genealogy After Dark program on 18 July 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Registration is limited to 30 participants. A link to the registration form is available at: http://www.tsl.texas.gov/genafterdark.html. Registration ends on 11 July (one week before the event). Parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto.

If you have questions, contact the library at reference.desk@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-5455.

The State Library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 6:00 p.m. for Genealogy After Dark participants. The building will be locked at 6:45 p.m. and no participants will be admitted after that time.

There is no program this time, but you have access to the materials of the library and archives:
  • 6:00 Sign-in. Reference and Genealogy research rooms open.
  • 6:15 Orientation: Requesting and Using Materials in the Texas State Archives (required for those planning to use archival materials during the event). Archives research room opens immediately after orientation.
  • 7:45 Light refreshments in Lobby.
  • 9:45 Archives research room and microfilm and photocopy rooms close.
  • 10:00 Building secured.


In addition to all of the wonderful original records available in the archives, the library has shelves and shelves of reference books for Texas laws. Prior to the registration of births by the state you may be able to use tax rolls and state laws to determine an ancestor's birth year. What did the law say was the age at which a man first had to pay a poll tax (a head tax,a tax for just being alive and of a certain age, nothing to do with voting)? Find your ancestor's name on the tax roll the first time he pays a poll tax, determine the mandated age when a poll tax was levied, and you can compute a possible birth year for that ancestor.


To cite this blog post:

Debbie Parker Wayne, "Texas State Library, Genealogy After Dark, 18 July 2014," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 24 June 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

16 June 2014

Digital Catalog for Appeals to the British Privy Council from the American Colonies

17 June 2014 update: I got a message from Mary Sarah Bilder, Professor of Law, Lee Distinguished Scholar, Boston College Law School, letting me know the correct title of this collection should have used the word Colonies, which I originally added in brackets, instead of Plantations. I made this correction in the post title. Professor Bilder included a link to an interesting article on an appeal related to the Phillips-Woodbridge duel in the June 2014 "Object of the Month" posted at the Massachusetts Historical Society: http://www.masshist.org/object-of-the-month. This background adds to what we can learn in the papers filed for the appeal.

Many sources used by historians are also useful to genealogists studying our family history.

Are you looking for the name of the wife of Thomas Parker who was in Virginia by April 1699? Have you considered court records in England? Thomas Starke of London appealed a ruling of the court in Virginia to the British Privy Council. Records of that appeal give us the name of Thomas Parker's wife Francillia who is executrix for Joseph Goodricke.1 If this case is from a burned Virginia county this information could be extremely useful to a descendant of Francillia Parker. We'd also be interested in the relationship between Francillia and Goodricke in case this could lead us to her maiden name.

The Legal History Blog posted about one of these new sources in "An Annotated Digital Catalogue to Appeals to the Privy Council". The post tells us over 800 cases were appealed to the British Privy Council from the colonies and about one-third of those cases came from what is now the U.S.2

Annotations added to the original papers (such as the legal briefs) link to other useful resources. In some cases only the register books have been found; in some cases the register books and the briefs filed for the appeal still exist. Links take you to digital images of the record books. Where the briefs are not available the entries in the record books may not give details of the case, but just state whether the original ruling was upheld or not. Some cases have pages and pages of briefs filed by both sides in the case.

The advice to students on how to use these resources will also be helpful to genealogists; definitions of the papers and processes help us understand the British legal system.

I can't wait to spend more time in this source.


1. Starke v Parker, Appeals to the Privy Council, Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series, Virginia, Report No. 13_1699_00; digital index and images, Ames Foundation, Harvard Law (http://amesfoundation.law.harvard.edu/ColonialAppeals/index_new.php?report_no=13_1699_00 : accessed 16 June 2014). Images from the National Archives, London, England, may be used only for purposes of research, private study, or education; reproduction permission was granted for the Harvard website. Copyright laws in England are different than those in the U.S. Be sure you understand the laws applied to this source before using it.

2. Dan Ernst, "An Annotated Digital Catalogue to Appeals to the Privy Council," Legal History Blog, posted 12 June 2014 (http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/: accessed 16 June 2014).


To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "Digital Catalog for Appeals to the British Privy Council from the American Colonies," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 16 June 2014, updated 17 June 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved