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To enter this competition sponsored by MyHeritage please enter your contact details below and submit your answer for the question. A winner will be selected at random from those who have submitted the correct answer after the closing date of March 16th 2016. They will receive the prize of a one-year MyHeritage PremiumPlus and Data subscription. The winner will be notified by email shortly after the closing date.

Start Date: 
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 17:40
End Date: 
Wed, 16/03/2016 - 23:59

Society of Genealogist Family History Show back again...

We are pleased to announce that the Society of Genealogists Family History Show is once again at the heart of this exciting new venture Who Do You think You Are? Live at the NEC.  
They said 'We are delighted to come north to meet so many of our Midland’s friends and members and to bring our volunteer teams of experts and speakers who will be on hand to help you with your research questions and brick walls. We hope you enjoy the Society of Genealogists’ programme of talks running throughout the show.'

Mark Jobling, Professor of Genetics, University of Leicester

Mark Jobling studied Biochemistry and completed a DPhil in Genetics at the University of Oxford. He moved to the University of Leicester in 1992 where he has been supported by Wellcome Trust fellowships and is now a Professor. His group uses human genetic diversity to investigate processes of colonisation, migration and admixture, and (with a focus on the Y chromosome) to study mutation processes. He also applies Y-chromosomal markers to understanding the relationships between Y types and patrilineal surnames, and in forensic analysis.

Dr Geoff Swinfield

Dr Geoff Swinfield has been addicted to genealogy and family history since 1972. He has been a professional researcher for 35 years and since 1999 has run his own genealogical company, Geoff Swinfield Genealogical Services. He has a Ph.D. in Genetics from Nottingham University and has used this training to apply genealogical techniques and sources to the study of families that are at risk from genetic diseases. One of his specialities is locating living relatives and missing people. 

Dr Maurice Gleeson MB MRCPsych

Maurice is a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, & a genetic genealogist. He did his first DNA test in 2008 and since then has used DNA to good effect in his own family tree research, finding relatives in Australia whose ancestors had left Ireland in 1886, and tracing one line of his family back to the 1600's in Limerick.

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Start Date: 
Tue, 19/11/2013 - 16:24
End Date: 
Thu, 16/04/2015 - 16:24

The Genetic Legacy of British India - the FIBIS DNA Project

15:15 - 16:00

This presentation relates to people who went to India under the East India Company and the Raj and married into Indian/Anglo Indian families.

Using DNA to solve adoption cases

16:15 - 17:00

The adoption community in the US have developed some amazing tools to help adoptees use DNA to reconnect with their birth families. Maurice will be looking at this methodology and how it can be applied to adoptees as well as ordinary family tree research to help break down brick walls. Both autosomal and Y-DNA will be covered and Maurice will present a real life example of how to use the methodology in practice. This also works if one of your parents or grandparents was adopted.

Autosomal DNA - how to use it in practice

14:15 - 15:00

This talk will focus almost exclusively on autosomal DNA and how to use it to find long lost cousins. I've used it in my own family tree to find second cousins of my father's who live in Australia. We wouldn't have been able to establish this link without the DNA test. I'll also be explaining a step-by-step approach to assessing your matches on the autosomal DNA test and how to narrow down the number of potential candidates for the common ancestor that you share with each match.

Fromelles - the role of DNA in the identification process.

15:15 - 16:00

The desire to identify as many as possible from those 250 recovered in 2010 from the battle of Fromelles in 1916 has resulted in a large database of profiles. The process has to date allowed 144 individuals to be named with work ongoing on the remaining. I will describe the process of identification, the matching of diverse data sets, the stability of the Y-STR and mitochondrial markers as well as some of the logistical aspects of the projects that involved producing 1500 family trees with more than 3000 individuals mapped.