Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ethnicity Estimate Refining: The Latest AncestryDNA Rollout

It's been over a month since I last blogged and yet it feels longer. A lot has been going on. I recently celebrated my 34th birthday.  I have some upcoming lectures for the next couple of weeks and of course preparing for RootsTech (registration starts 9/20!).

The latest BSO (bright shiny object) was the updated ethnicity estimates rolled out by Ancestry, due to an estimated 13,000 reference samples added to the database. I took a few screen shots to the show difference. I'm showing that I "lost" Scandinavia, Iberian Peninsula and a few other trace regions. My Irish/Scotland and European Jewish estimates increased and I gained Baltic States (refined from Europe East). Overall, nothing drastically different but it does line up more with the paper trail.

What updates did you notice on your AncestryDNA estimates?
Previous AncestryDNA estimate (including percentages)

Updated AncestryDNA Estimate (including percentages)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Let's Start Preparing for RootsTech!

It's that time of year again where registration will soon start for RootsTech, September 20th to be exact. Hotels are filling up quickly so I recommend reserving your place today (the Marriott filled up very quickly). Lots of changing are happening for the 2019 conference, including no badge scanning and faster check ins!

I'm pleased to announce that I will serve as an ambassador again. This means that I will be giving away a free registration pass over the next few months of one of my readers. In addition, I will also be giving a lecture "Conducting Research Using Roman Catholic Records" at RootsTech. I'm very excited for this opportunity! 

Need more reasons on why you should attend RootsTech? Check out this update from the RootsTech team. 

What are you looking forward to about RootsTech? Are you attending in person or watching the streamed sessions and connecting with #NotatRootsTech on social media?

Disclaimer: I am an Ambassador for RootsTech 2019. I provide blog posts (in my own words), and social media coverage from now until after the conference. In return, I have free admission to RootsTech.