Wednesday, February 26, 2014

5 June - I have a date with DNA

On June 5 I will be in Burbank, California, for a day of DNA education.  This "Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014" is part of the SCGS Jamboree conference. 

For a year or two I really didn't think much about DNA.  I didn't think it applied to me, or could help me with my genealogy research as the families I'm most interested in had daughters of daughters, with no sons in the lines.  Then I started thinking about the changes during the past 3 years, including the 1940 census, and realized that genealogy is not a static study, but a dynamic one. 

Last year I also attended the DNA day.  It was great, I think, but oh, was I a novice!  Well, I still am.  However, I'm going to be more prepared this year.  I now recognize some of the speakers.  I ordered some of the books from last year's resources list. I intend to start reading them (soon, I hope).  And I'm reading blogs, and I'm ordering the DNA test kits.  Hopefully I'll have some numbers before June so that I can get some advice on understanding them, if I haven't figured it out before then.

So....Do you have a date with DNA?  If yes, I look forward to seeing you in Burbank in June.  Because I know I can learn and understand this.  It's just going to take some time (AND effort).  But like The Little Engine That Could, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I thought I could.....