Thursday, 9 June 2016

Behold . . . OGS 2016

So much went on at the Ontario Genealogical Society conference last weekend I'll be drawing on it, and the syllabus, for inspiration for some while.
Several people have posted their overview, for example, this from Gail Dever.
One session I particularly enjoyed was the panel on the future of genetic genealogy on Sunday afternoon with CeCe Moore, Maurice Gleeson, Judy Russell and David Pike, chaired by Elizabeth Kaegi. Lara Diamond has a good summary on her Lara's Jewnealogy blog at
I was rather surprised there was no mention of epigenetics, something CeCe did touch on in her conference-closing plenary presentation, nor on the use of the fineSTRUCTURE analysis technique as used for the People of the British Isles project.
The panel session was sponsored by Behold, a project of Manitoba genealogist Louis Kessler. He has a few comments on the conference on his blog at Behold is a genealogy program for Windows that that was new to me. It "allows you to view and use all your genealogy data at once. You organize it how you want. You include what you want."
It's text oriented so if you're looking to produce pretty charts Behold isn't the program. If you're looking for a way to work intensively with your data it could be. You can download a free 45 day trial, or buy it with a 60 day money-back guarantee, here.

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