"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
1 July 2004

Family Tree DNA's 1st International Conference on Genetic Genealogy

Family Tree DNA, the world leader in Genetic Genealogy, will host the first-ever International Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Surname Project Administrators on Saturday, October 30, 2004, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel, 15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd. (near the Intercontinental Airport) in Houston, Texas.

Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com/ is the only organization in the field of Genetic Genealogy that has consistently offered the emerging science that enables genealogists around the world to advance their research. Since its inception, in April 2000, when it developed the commercial application of what until then was only available for academic and scientific research, Family Tree DNA has been associated with Arizona Research Labs and Dr. Michael Hammer, head of the Genomics Analysis and Technology Core at the University of Arizona, as well as some of the world's leading authorities in the fields of Genetics and Anthropology.

In celebration of the milestone of reaching 1000 Surname Projects and over 22,000 tested individuals from all over the world, Family Tree DNA is organizing the first conference of this kind to provide genealogy enthusiasts with a forum in which to hear from recognized authorities in the field.

The one-day event will feature leading experts in the field making presentations on a variety of topics related to the use of DNA for family history research. Among those slated to participate is Dr. Bruce Walsh, the world-renowned population geneticist from the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.

The Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Surname Project Administrators is open to genealogists from all over the world who currently manage Surname Projects at Family Tree DNA and want to learn more about how to make the most of DNA testing for Genealogy, whether by having a better understanding on Y-DNA mutation rates, their impact on the calculations of the Time to the Most Recent Common Ancestor or simply learning ways to reach out for more participants.

Much has occurred since Family Tree DNA started in early 2000; many families found new branches that were scattered all over the world. "The usefulness of DNA for genealogy purposes becomes more evident as more people get tested, thus making their personal testimonials available to other families," says Bennett Greenspan, founder and president of the Houston-based Family Tree DNA.

For example, Family Tree DNA customer Timothy Peterman recently had his maternal uncle take the test. "I just got the results the other day," says Peterman, "with the names of two exact Robinson matches. I contacted both and am pleased to say that I've extended my Robinson lineage back another 150 years or so."

A highlight of the Conference will be the release of the first Y-DNA mutation rate study in the world based on family genealogies, which was co-sponsored by the Department of Genetics at the University of Arizona and Family Tree DNA.

Registration fee: $59 per person, which includes luncheon with guest speakers, beverages & coffee breaks & an "FTDNA Value Pack. Online registration for the event is available at http://www.familytreedna.com/Conference_2004.asp.

For more information, please contact Max Blankfeld, Vice-President, telephone: 713/868-1438, e-mail: < max@familytreedna.com > or write: 1919 North Loop West, Suite 110 Houston, Texas 77008.

FYI - The Shuffield / Sheffield DNA Project at Family Tree DNA has been significantly advanced due to now being able to genetically document ancestors to insure we are researching correct family lines where little or no documentation was available. It has enabled researchers to know for certainty they are descendants of an individual so that research time or resources are not being wasted chasing the wrong potential ancestor. For more information, visit http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/Shuffield-001.htm.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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