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A full day conference in Seattle the day before the cruise, featuring:

This is an optional extra for those booked on the cruise, but is also open to others not on the cruise.

There are two streams – a DNA stream and an Irish/general stream as well. There will be a limited exhibition with supporting/sponsoring partners.

Date: Thursday 6 September 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

Venue: Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

Cost: AU$57 (approx US$45, £33, CA$59, NZ$62)


PRE-BOOK (by Thur 30 Aug 2018) – AU$57
(pre-book to be in the prize draw for over $1000 in prizes)
Payment is made in Australian currency – AU$57
approximate equivalents in other currencies (Apr 2018) – US$45, £35, CA$57, NZ$64

Click here or the graphic at left to book your place at the conference

REGISTER AND PAY ON THE DAY – US$50 (if not fully booked)

NOTE: the booking form asks Which stream to you plan to attend?
Unless either stream is fully booked you will be able to move from one stream to the other on the day. We will do a quick poll of those booked nearer the time to see which talks you plan to attend – to know whether to cap numbers or not. If need be we will take bookings for each session.

Pro Two streams are offered – a DNA stream and Irish stream as well. The Irish stream will include two other general interest topics. The program is subject to change, though any changes are not expected to be significant.

Note: none of the topics below will be repeated on the cruise.

    • 9.00am – outside the Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room – level 4
  • STREAM 1 – DNA – (Microsoft auditorium – level 1)
    • 9.25am – welcome and introduction
    • 9.30am – Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to explore your ancestry – B. Bettinger
    • 10.30am – break and bookshop/exhibition
    • 11.00am – Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th century mysteries – B. Bettinger
    • 12noon – Challenges with Irish genetic genealogy – M. Gleeson
    • 12.45pm – break and bookshop/exhibition
    • 2.15pm – prize draw
    • 2.30pm – Using third-party tools to analyze your Autosomal DNA – B. Bettinger
    • 3.30pm – break and bookshop/exhibition
    • 4.00pm – Phasing and mapping your DNA – B. Bettinger
    • 5.00pm – close
  • STREAM 2 Irish genealogy and more
    (Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room – level 4)

    • 9.25am – welcome and introduction
    • 9.30am – Tracing your immigrant ancestor to Ireland – a strategic approach – M. Gleeson
    • 10.30am – break and bookshop/exhibition
    • 11.00am – Genealogy and the Little Ice Age – W. Shepheard
    • 12noon – The hidden web: digging deeper – C. Ingle
    • 12.45pm – break and bookshop/exhibition
    • 2.15pm – prize draw
    • 2.30pm – Navigating Irish birth, marriage & death records – M. Gleeson
    • 3.30pm – break and bookshop/exhibition
    • 4.00pm – Newspapers, gravestones & probate: rich sources for Irish genealogy – M. Gleeson
    • 5.00pm – close

Bookshop and exhibition

Maia’s books will be there with a good selection of books for sale. There will also be a modest exhibiton with supporting partners and sponsors. More details on this to come.

This will be location on level 4, which is readily accessible from the auditorium via escalators. It is also where:

  • registration will occur
  • the 2nd stream theatre is located
  • lunch eating areas are located


  • Food – this is not included in the registration.
    • We recommend you bring your own or use of one of a number of nearby cafes
    • There is a coffee cart in level 3. This has very limited capacity to cater for larger numbers and is used by library visitors generally, but may be useful to a few
    • Food cannot be eaten in library generally but is permitted within the two meeting rooms we will have on level 4
  • Accommodation – for visitors to Seattle who have not yet booked accommodation there are a number of hotels within walking distance of the library many others within reasonable public transport reach. We will check out some we can recommend to our cruise / conference visitors.
  • Getting there – information to come