November 11, 2013 at 3:37 AM (General)
An excellent detailed report from Jennifer Zinck on Day 2 of the Family Tree DNA conference.
*Note: It’s very late but I had a flight tonight and I wanted to get the information out. With little sleep, I am sure there are countless errors. I’ll fix it up tomorrow. I figured everyone would rather have the information quickly rather than perfectly!
The first thing on the agenda for the morning was the International Society of Genetic Genealogy 2013 Meeting. ISOGG was born at the 2004 FTDNA conference. Katherine Borges spoke about the development and launch of ISOGG in 2004 and 2005 and the fact that it is free. It is a self-supporting and volunteer organization. There is always a need for help. If you have a niche where you can help, that would be great.
The ISOGG Y-Browse is now up.
One ISOGG wiki page that is getting a lot of hits is the new page for Free DNA Tests. Many administrators sponsor tests and some projects raise money to sponsor tests.
The Journal of Genetic of Genetic Genealogy was founded the same year as ISOGG at the FTDNA conference. Katherine said that she has been lobbied to take JOGG under ISOGG’s umbrella but she has resisted because it wasn’t broken. At this point JOGG is not working well but we are not at that point yet. Katherine is determined not to let it die. The current editor of JOGG is Dr. Turi King of the University of Leicester who worked on the King Richard III project. Turi has been very busy with this and now there is a rumor that Dr. King will have to work on the King Arthur project.
Katherine reminded us to be very careful when we talk to reporters, as they can take out sound bites that might be good or bad. After a two hour conversation, they could pick out one line that may or may not be relevant. What you say applies to all of us, including the people in your projects.
The ISOGG Wiki is a great resource. Be sure to use it but be sure to source it. You are welcome to set up free project pages on the wiki.
ISOGG has had a presence at several conferences. “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” Conference in London takes place in February. This is the biggest conference in the world. It averages 11,000 – 15,000 people in three days. FTDNA has had a stall there and is very busy for the entire time. Brian Swann has arranged for an ISOGG Stand each year. The Free DNA Testing list gets posted in this stand. This year there will be a specification for how many tests the project would like to sponsor. The SCGS Jamboree & ISOGG’s DNA Day takes place in June in California. ISOGG has had a booth since 2005. Maurice Gleeson will talk about the Dublin event later in the day.
Alice Fairhurst shared that 358 people attended DNA Day at SCGS Jamboree. The SCGS Jamboree usually has attendance of around 1,500-1,700. This is a new movement for public DNA conferences instead of relying on project administrators. Alice reminded us that there will be a DNA Conference on August 16-17, 2014 in Washington, D.C. CeCe Moore said that a site will be forthcoming. Alice stressed that she is happy to see something happening on the east coast as well as the west coast.
In 2006 the YSNP tree was started in 2006. At that time, we were primarily getting SNPs from academic papers. Alice gave us some numbers that really show the growth!
- Year # of SNPs
- 2006 436
- 2008 790
- 2010 935
- 2012 2067
- Sept 2013 3610
- Announced by David Mittelman yesterday 25,000
The Y Team had a meeting last night. In the past they’ve been able to associate each SNP to an academic paper but they will likely not be able to keep that up. Individual SNPs would be a work level that no one can keep up with. Everyone is a volunteer.
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