As many of you know I again have the honor of being a Speaker AND an ambassador for the RootsTech 2019 Conference. It is the largest genealogy conference in the world! What an opportunity to see amazing speakers plus be surrounded by those who appreciate the hard work, joy and fun that comes from researching your family’s story. People who will listen to you talk about your research and NOT have their eyes glaze over – tee hee!!!!
One of the benefits of being both a speaker and an ambassador is that I get to grant one of my lucky winners a FREE 4 day pass to RootsTech to be held from February 27 through March 2, 2019 (a $299 value)!
Pass includes the following:
- Over 300 classes
- Keynote/General Session
- Expo Hall
- Evening Events
Pass does not include the following:
- Transportation to and from Salt Lake City, Utah and/or the Salt Palace Convention Center
- Lodging and Food
- Paid Lunches
- Paid Labs
If you have already purchased your ticket, please still enter! You will be reimbursed your ticket price. A great chance to WIN!!!!
To enter my giveaway?? Please just provide your email on my website Lineage Journeys!!! I will randomly draw a winner’s name from the submitted emails (if you are already following my blog and have submitted your email, just let me know that you want IN!) – drawing on Tuesday, October 30th! The winner will be notified by email (and then I want to talk with them!) and everyone else will find out here in a post. So sign up to win!!!! Yes, YOU!!
How is this night different from all other nights? One of the four questions of the Passover Seder …. While I’m not Jewish, I am reflecting on this weekend beginning with Passover tonight and its story, and what I have learned about the Seder from dear friends who have shared some of the traditions and foods of this important event. As a genealogist, I’m recognizing that in the long history of my ancestors over thousands of years, I have Jewish ancestors. My AncestryDNA results also indicate that I have Ashkenazi Jewish heritage – a low percentage (<5%) indicating a distant connection – but nonetheless, it doesn’t surprise me as early Christians were Jewish. And, because of my Eastern European DNA, it is likely that it comes from there.
So I’m celebrating the beginning of an ancient commemoration.
Earlier this month, we celebrated the spring Equinox, honoring our relationship to the Earth, the changing of seasons and our Native heritage, family and friends. AND I will be celebrating Easter in my faith community and with mom on Sunday.
Whatever your beliefs, faith tradition or thoughts about all things spiritual or religious, wishing you the beauty and freshness of the spring growth, earth awakening and return of green grass, baseball and flowers. May you have love, peace and beauty in your life!
MyHeritage made some great announcements about new features in their DNA work! One, the DNAQuest.org is an effort by the company to help adoptees – using this site address, MyHeritage is offering FREE testing for those experiencing hardships (you have to apply for the free testing) but they have dedicated money to this effort and it should help many. Just before coming to #RootsTech, I had a great conversation with a woman who used DNA to find three sisters (two half-sisters, one full) and, within a year, they all met and are expanding their family relationships in a loving way!
The other great update from MyHeritage included their new tool – DNA Chromosome Browser.
MyHeritage announced #RootsTech in Salt Lake City a major upgrade of its chromosome browser that makes it easier for users to analyze their DNA matches! If you’ve taken a MyHeritage DNA test or those who have uploaded their raw data from other DNA companies, you can check out this feature in the MyHeritage DNA drop-down menu. I’ve checked it out on my own DNA and it is fun, and I’ve been spending alot of time playing with it.
I have to say that the advances in DNA research and the opportunities it provides to family historians and genealogists was SO on display at #RootsTech … the power we all have to break through brick walls and discover relatives, history, migration patterns, and family stories is phenomenal!!! If you aren’t on board with these tools (AncestryDNA, FindMyPast, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritageDNA and more), you are truly missing an opportunity!