June, 2008

Genea-Jamboree: Day 1

BURBANK, Calif.–The 39th Annual Southern California Genealogical Jamboree got underway this morning at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel. The Jamboree began with a class on “Beginning Genealogy,” which for reasons I noted last night I did not attend. More about what I did instead later. I went downstairs about 12:15 PM and spotted Randy Seaver at the check-in desk. We …Continue reading →


SoCal Genea-Jamboree: Prologue

BURBANK, Calif.–I’m excited to be here in “beautiful downtown Burbank” (people of a certain age get the pop cultural allusion) for the 2008 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree which gets underway tomorrow. It’s the largest genealogical gathering on the West Coast. I haven’t seen any celebrities (like Dick Eastman, Drew Smith, George Morgan or Randy Seaver) yet, but there will be …Continue reading →


Your Albanian Aunt, er, uh, Uncle?

Found this fascinating piece in The New York Times this morning. Pashe Keqi recalled the day nearly 60 years ago when she decided to become a man. She chopped off her long black curls, traded in her dress for her father’s baggy trousers, armed herself with a hunting rifle and vowed to forsake marriage, children and sex. Apparently, in traditional …Continue reading →


Coming Up: The 2008 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree!

This time next week, I’ll be at the 2008 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogy Society. It’s at the Marriott Burbank Airport in Burbank, California. The Jamboree is the largest genealogical event on the West Coast. I’m looking forward to every bit of it, including the “Bloggers Summit” featuring Megan, Shelly, Randy, and others. I will …Continue reading →


Is There Any Genealogy Software That Can Do This?

Randy Seaver has had an excellent series of posts with a similar title. Today, I appropriate this concept because I want to Is There Any Genealogy Software That Can Do This: create a chart showing just one parental line; for example, if I wanted to make a chart showing only my paternal line. Anybody know?


UPDATE: California’s Crackdown on Consumer Genomics

Some Good News (Maybe) and Prof. Manson Issues Challenges to Regulators and Industry Diane at Genealogy Insider reports: Lea Brooks of the California Department of Public Health told me that “Genetic testing used for ancestor tracking or forensic purposes is not covered by California clinical laboratory law standards.” That is in fact consistent with my initial reading of the regulations. …Continue reading →


New Midwest Genealogy Center Opens

The Kansas City Star reports that the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the new Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri, was held today. As regular readers know, that’s right in the heart of my maternal homelands. I’m quite eager to visit on my next trip back! But, until I can see it in person and blog about it, here’s the next …Continue reading →


California Crackdown on Genetic Genealogy?

This story has been reported elsewhere in the geneablogosphere, notably by Lee Drew (where I first saw it) and by Dick Eastman. But it is of continuing interest. Apparently, the California Department of Public health has decided to call a halt to the marketing of genetic tests directly to consumers. Companies such as Navigenics, Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, and deCODEme, …Continue reading →



At the time of this order, my BRYANT family lived in Nueces and Refugio Counties, Texas, and my SANFORD families were both slaves and slaveholders in Milam County, Texas.


Firefox 3 Download Day

I added 3 to the zillioins of Firefox 3 downloads today. First one came about 1:00 pm PDT and went very well. Second and third ones were at 7:30 PDT (probably peak California download time, I’m guessing, with folks getting home from work, kids finishing dinner, etc.) and took a bit longer. But I’m happy with Firefox 3!

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