The 13th Annual International Conference
on Genetic Genealogy

November 10-12, 2017


*IMPORTANT: Registration is only open to group administrators. If you have difficulty registering, please contact us at Please do not contact customer service.

Conference Registration

The conference fee is $149 per person, which includes all sessions, plus a drink on us at Friday's reception and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. (Breakfast is included in the room rates or for individual purchase by those not staying at the Hyatt.)

There are a limited number of spots available for this conference so please be sure to register as soon as possible. Administrators (and co-administrators) are welcome to bring one guest each, but guests must also register - and pay - if they're planning to attend the conference sessions.

Pick up your conference materials on Friday evening, Nov. 10th, beginning at 6:00 pm, then join us in the courtyard until 9:00 pm for a reception. The first drink is on us! A cash bar will be available for additional adult beverages. For those arriving later, materials will also be available on Saturday morning. Please check back when the schedule is posted to see what time registration will open on Saturday.


Lab Tours

Lab tours will be available on Monday, November 13th at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 am, 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Due to limited space, we allow 12 people per tour and only one guest per administrator without prior approval.

Lab Registration Instructions

To reserve your spot on a lab tour, email with the following information:

  • Email Subject Line: "Lab Tour"

  • Your Name

  • Project Name

  • Telephone Number

  • Contact Email Address

  • Preferred Tour Time

  • Alternate Tour Time

Note: Lab tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis and transportation is not provided.

Please don't email Help Desk, Groups, Max, or Bennett for lab tours. Only requests made following the above instructions will be considered.

*Given that CAP, CLIA and AABB lab audits are unannounced, there's a slim chance a lab auditor may visit our company on the tour day. In that case, any tours not yet completed must be cancelled. We won't be able to message you ahead of time, and while we'd regret having to cancel tours, we can't be responsible for any travel costs incurred from those cancellations. Although we think there is only a remote chance of this happening, we wanted you to be aware of that slight possibility as you make your plans.*

Hotel Reservations

Hyatt Regency North Houston

425 North Sam Houston Parkway East

Houston, Texas, 77060

Tel: +1 281 249 1234

Fax: +1 281 445 9826


The Family Tree DNA group rates are as follows:

Single occupancy- $97

Double occupancy- $97

Triple occupancy- $107

Quad occupancy- $117

Suites- $97

Group rates available until October 18th, 2017 / Subject to Availability

Room rates include breakfast for up to two guests per room, with details provided at check-in. Wireless internet service is complimentary in the guest rooms, and complimentary shuttle service to IAH and other destinations within a 3-mile radius is available.

Conference Schedule / November 10-12, 2017

  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Registration
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Family Tree DNA Reception
  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration
    9:00 am - 9:15 am Max Blankfeld & Bennett GreenspanWelcome
    9:15 am - 10:15 am Peter SjolundThe Power of Mitochondrial DNA
    10:15 am - 10:45 am Janine CloudGAP Guidelines and You
    10:45 am - 11:00 pm Break
    11:00 am - 12:00 am Frank BillingsleySwabbed and Found
    12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch with FTDNA StaffFood and networking
    1:15 pm - 2:05 pm 1. Jim BartlettSpecific Steps to Success with Autosomal DNA
    2. Bob McLarenRunning a Successful Project
    3. Judy RussellA Matter of Standards - DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard
    2:15 pm - 3:05 pm 1. Jim BrewsterMap the GAP Part 1
    2. Roberta EstesNine Autosomal Tools at Family Tree DNA & How to Use Them
    3. Maurice GleesonHow to build a Mutation History Tree for the larger groups in your Surname Project
    3:05 pm - 3:20 pm Break
    3:20 pm - 4:20 pm Michael HammerTop 10: Human Evolutionary Genomics
    4:20 pm - 4:35 pm Jim BrewsterY-Haplotree & SNP Pack update
    4:35 pm - 5:00 pm Max Blankfeld & Bennett GreenspanQuestions and Answers
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am ISOGG Chapter meeting
    9:00 am - 10:00 am Matt DexterFinding His Father - An Adoptee’s DNA Experience
    10:00 am - 10:15 am Break
    10:15 am - 11:15 am Judy RussellAfter the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm 1. Elliott GreenspanIT and Big Y Update
    2. Caleb DavisMore about Big Y
    1:15 pm - 2:05 pm 1. Jim BrewsterMap the GAP Part 2
    2. Maurice GleesonHow to use “Markers of Potential Relatedness” to group project members in your Surname DNA Project
    3. Roberta EstesAutosomal DNA Through the Generations
    12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Food and NetworkingLunch with FTDNA Staff
    2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break
    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Michael DavilaProduct Update
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Brent ManningLab Update
    4:35 pm - 5:00 pm Max Blankfeld & Bennett GreenspanQuestions and Answers