Thursday, June 11, 2015

DNA Focus on 2015 Heritage Books Genealogy Conference and Cruise

Craig Scott's company, Heritage Books, Inc., is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Genealogy Conference and cruise on October 18-28, 2015, leaving Fort Lauderdale, Florida and visiting Aruba, Cartagena (Colombia), the Panama Canal, Colon (Panama), Limon (Costa Rica), Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), and back to Fort Lauderdale.  See details at

During the sea days, there will be 20 (!) hours of presentations on DNA-related topics by Blaine Bettinger, Angie Bush, and CeCe Moore.  This conference should be fabulous for those wanting to learn about DNA and genealogy, and it is a wonderful itinerary for visiting countries around the Caribbean.

The publicity for the cruise says:

"Join us for an educational and fun-filled partial transit of the Panama Canal. Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Aruba then on to Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal and Colon, Panama; Limon, Costa Rica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and back to Ft. Lauderdale, while we learn about DNA from some of the foremost experts in those fields. You will be among friends (old and new) and fellow researchers from around the world as you soak up new knowledge and skills through a lecture series that rivals any regional or national genealogy conference - but at one remarkably-low price that includes meals, taxes, port charges, onboard entertainment, and conference events. 

"As popular as our lecture series is, many veterans of our conference value something else even more. That is the opportunity to share a meal with a world-class genealogist or to schedule one-on-one time to discuss their specific research challenges. Come armed with your records and be prepared to hear about new resources, repositories, and finding aids that will help you to break down those brick walls. Some people find these private consultations alone to be worth the trip. Several evening group brick wall discussions add to the learning experience. Twenty seminar sessions with a focus on genetic genealogy, using DNA as one of the tools for research, are presented by the preeminent experts in their fields. 

"Bring your spouse/companion who will find plenty to do on board while you enhance your research skills. Then spend the meals, evenings, and port days together for a truly memorable vacation! What could be better than a cruise to the warm waters of the Caribbean, and a first-class genealogy conference all rolled into one??? This event is very popular so register early for the best stateroom selection!"

The cruise schedule is at  There are four "at sea" days.

It's not too late to sign up - the cruise registration form is at  The final payment date is 10 July 2015.

Linda and I were on the first Heritage Books cruise last year and had a wonderful time.  Unfortunately, we have other vacation plans this year in late October, so we won't be able to attend this one.

UPDATED:  Oops, called it MyHeritage in two places.  Sorry!  Edited it.

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