I did go to Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's presentation on "Tracing Your Roots With DNA" which was a useful adjunct to the other DNA presentations. It helped me understand more about the various DNA testing companies, what they do, and how to choose one. By the way, it was a standing-room-only crowd!
Then I went to a session called "Genealogy Across the Color Line." I wasn't sure what this was going to be. Unfortunately, there was a substitute presenter, who did an admirable job at filling in, but left me with the feeling that there was more left out. Basically, it came down to a sociological discussion of black people who consciously pass for white and why they do it. I've written a bit about this phenomenon before.
The most intriguing of what I couldn't get to on Saturday:
- Collen Fitzpatrick, "Forensic Genealogy Connections"
- John T. Humphrey, "Developing the Skills to Become a Genealogist"
- Bill Dollarhide, "The Best Genealogy Portals on the Internet"
- Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, "Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options" (this followed the session that I did get to, but I'm really sorry I missed this one!).
More Jamboree news to come including:
- Dick Eastman Charts the Future as Saturday Dinner Speaker
- Was It Worth it?