SPEAKERS INCLUDE GENETIC GENEOLOGY’S MOST NOTABLE TRAILBLAZERS AND SHARPEST MINDS INCLUDING:
CeCe is a professional genetic genealogist and the DNA consultant and script writer for the upcoming season of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”. Her popular blog “Your Genetic Genealogist” is read in over 180 countries. She is frequently consulted by the media regarding the emerging genetic genealogy field and has appeared on Barbara Walters, 20/20, CBS This Morning, The Doctors and many news broadcasts discussing the role of DNA in family history as well as in the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Newsweek, The Root, People Magazine and many other publications. Be sure to watch some of her most recognized news stories about her work with her company theDNADetectives HERE.
Blaine Bettinger Ph.D., J.D.
Blaine Bettinger Ph.D. (biochemistry), J.D., is an intellectual property attorney, popular speaker on DNA topics, and author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com). He has been interviewed on genealogical and personal genomics topics and quoted in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired magazine, and others. Dr. Bettinger is the administrator of the Bettinger surname project and co-administrator for the R1b-L1/S26 Y-DNA haplogroup project. He frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry, and recently had his genome sequenced through the Personal Genome Project. He is the author of Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the newest book in the National Genealogical Society’s Special Topic Series. GGP will be available for purchase in mid-summer 2016.
Kitty Munson Cooper is well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started her blog in 2012 to keep track of her DNA and genealogy research. It includes numerous basic pictorial tutorials and several useful graphing tools she wrote. The blog currently receives several thousand unique visitors a day and earned Kitty tenth place on the rockstar genetic genealogists list in 2015.
Carol Isbister Rolnick.
Carol Isbister Rolnick earned her BS in Business from Purdue University. Bitten by the genealogy bug from an early age, Carol discovered an even greater passion for genetic genealogy beginning in the very early days of testing. The field satisfies her love of science, big data and an insatiable desire help others solve personal mysteries. In addition to her work with The DNA Detectives, Carol has an independent consulting company, Rolnick Research.
BarbaraRae-Venter, J.D., Ph.D.
Originally fromNewZealand, Barbara earned a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin LawSchool and a B.A. double major inPsychology and Biochemistry and a Ph.D.inBiology (Biochemistry) at the University of California at SanDiego Barbara is a Search Angel with DNAAdoption.com and also helps teach the autosomal DNA classes they offer to help adoptees uqsetheir DNA to find birth relatives. Barbara volunteered her time to work on project for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children Detail to identify, successfully, the immediate family of”Lisa”,a woman now in her 30s,who was abducted as a toddler and did not know either who she was or where she was from.
Michelle Trostler holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from USC and is a PhD candidate at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Previously Michelle was a database marketer, specializing in emails and combining data from disparate sources to accomplish a marketing goal. This experience has proven to be a great background for the challenges of genetic genealogy and the mounds of data that are needed to break through brick walls. In addition to her work with The DNA Detectives, Michelle has an independent consulting company, identify family.com.
Junel Davidsen, Certified Genealogist® is professional heir searcher and specializes in courthouse research. Since starting her own genealogy project in 1999 to find the true identity of her maternal grandparents, Junel has assisted clients in locating missing parents, close relatives and distant cousins and has worked on projects for attorneys and estate administrators to locate and confirm next-of-kin. She has also researched locally for the TV series ‘Faces of America’ and in 2002 coordinated the descendant search for the state of Washington Territorial Sesquicentennial celebration. She is currently involved in a project using DNA and online family trees to research a person’s identity.