The 14th International Conference
on Genetic Genealogy

March 22-24, 2019


Registration is closed - all spots have been filled. To be added to the waiting list in case of cancellations, please write to and put Waiting List on the subject line.

*IMPORTANT: Registration is only open to Group Administrators. If you have difficulty registering, please contact us at with “Registration Help” in the subject line. Please do not contact Bennett, Max, Customer Service, or the main Groups email address regarding registration.

Conference Registration

The conference fee is $149 per person, which includes all sessions plus a buffet 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. 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, March. 22th, 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, March 25th at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Limited space restricts tours to 12 people each, including guests, so please include only one guest per administrator unless you obtain prior approval from us.

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-served basis, and transportation is not provided. Failure to provide all requested information may result in your request being moved to the back of the line and may result in missing a tour.

Please do not contact Customer Service, Max, Bennett, or the main Groups email address regarding lab tours. Only requests made to 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 want 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

Group rates are available until February 19, 2019 and are subject to availability.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Hyatt Reservations at 877-803-7534. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Conference Schedule / March 22-24, 2019

  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Registration
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Family Tree DNA Reception
  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration
    9:00 am - 9:10 am Max Blankfeld & Bennett GreenspanWelcome
    9:10 am - 10:00 am Bennett Greenspan and John Shimp TBA
    10:00 am - 10:45 am Amy McGuireShould police have access to genetic genealogy databases?
    10:45 am - 11:00 pm Break
    11:00 am - 11:45 am James IrvineGDPR and the Project Administrator
    11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch with FTDNA StaffFood and networking
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Kenyatta BerryMy DNA Journey: African and European Roots
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Rob SpencerThe Big Picture of Y-STR Patterns
    3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Michael HammerReview & Update: Bronze Age Contributions to Europe
    4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Doron BeharmtDNA
    4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Max Blankfeld & Bennett GreenspanQuestions and Answers
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am ISOGG Chapter meeting
    9:00 am - 10:00 am Connie BormansThe Life Cycle of a Sample
    10:00 am - 10:15 am Break
    10:15 am - 11:00 am Caleb DavisBig Y-700 reveals the Y-Tree at unprecedented resolution
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm Roberta EstesBeyond Pie Charts: Using Y and mtDNA to Solve Genealogical Puzzles
    12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch with FTDNA StaffFood and Networking
    1:15 pm - 2:10 pm 1. Kenyatta BerryStrategies for African American Research
    2. Jim BartlettTriangulating and Clustering with Family Finder
    3. Rob SpencerConvergence Understood
    2:20 pm - 3:15 pm 1. Emily AulicinoEnergize Your Project! Helping Your Project Members Get Their Money's Worth
    2. Debbie Parker Wayne/Patti HobbsDNA Standards of Proof
    3. Schelly Dardashti/Adam BrownDecoding Jewish DNA
    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Break
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Paul MaierA Taste of Population Genetics: The Sampler Platter
    4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Chris Pace and Meagan PetersProducts Team Update
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Elliott GreenspanIT Update