I had a good time at this years RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. I met some awesome people (even a DNA cousin) and I attended some great breakout sessions. Below is episode 53 which gives you an inside look at RootsTech from the eyes of the BlackProGen Live attendees.
Some pictures I took during the conference ( I wish I took more)
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Picture from grandmaideas.com
Coding Region: A coding region is DNA that contains genes. In genetic genealogy, this most often refers to the part of the mitochondrial genome that contains genes. (Definition from familytreedna.com)
Picture from grandmaideas.com
Chromosome:a threadlike strand of DNA that carries genes and transmits hereditary information.
Did you miss BlackProGen LIVE episode 40? Well, don’t worry check out the video below to see what you missed.
Were you waiting for the DNA test to go on sale? Well you are in luck, the DNA kit from ancestry.com is on sale for $69.00 until Aug. 15th. Visit Ancestry.com for more information.
Fellow genealogist and BlackProGen LIVE member Nicka Smith gives us three reasons why your oral history might not match your DNA results.
I really enjoyed Season 1 of Relative Race, I even binged watched all of the episodes (I got hooked). Well, I am looking forward to this season and I hope it is just as good as the first one.
The premise of the show is four couples start off in Miami and they’ll have to complete challenges in order to meet a new DNA relatives each day for 10 days across the United States. They will have to navigate without using smartphones or GPS devices. The couples will be given road maps and burner phone (phones with not internet access). The team that wins will get $50,000. Check out the first episode of Season 2 below.
If you missed last night’s episode of BlackProGen LIVE on DNA be sure to take a look at the video below.
I decided to take a trip south while I had some time and on my way to Alabama I made a stop in Georgia and while I was there I reached out to three of my DNA cousins (discovered via ancestrydna). Garron, DeVan, and Octavia, I was so glad Garron and Octavia agreed to meet with me, DeVan and I actually met two years ago briefly but we stayed in touch. Garron, Octavia and Mia (my DNA cousin who I met in Birmingham) still don’t know our common ancestor(s). Garron and Octavia are on my maternal side while DeVan and Mia are on my paternal side, DeVan’s great grandfather and my great great grandfather were brothers. Mia and I have a couple surname names in common, Moorer and Snow, while Octavia and Garron share Camden, Wilcox County. Of course I would have loved to figured out how I was related to my other three DNA cousins but just meeting them was pretty cool, we bonded over our love for genealogy and getting to know our family. I didn’t have to grow up with them to consider them or call them my cousin.
Garron, DeVan, Octavia and Mia
I was reading an article on tribstar.com and it mentioned BYU’s genealogy tv show called Relative Race. Have any of you heard or watched it? I only saw the first few minutes of the first episode but what I saw seemed pretty interesting. The premise of the show is four couples start off in San Francisco and they’ll have to complete challenges in order to meet a new DNA relatives each day for 10 days across the United States. They will have to navigate without using smart phones or GPS devices. The couples will be given road maps and burner phone (phones with not internet access). Their final arrival point was New York City on day 10 and the first couple who arrives will win $25,000. Below is the trailer for the first series and a link to the first episode