DNA and family history: discoveries and the challenges from a DNA project

16:15 - 17:00

Tracing family history benefits from both paper and DNA research. Sue will showcase examples of various family history puzzles involving DNA testing, based on her work as an administrator of the Oxfordshire DNA Project and her own family history in Yorkshire, Scotland and somewhere in Europe 4000 years ago. She will also offer a light-hearted look at what people ask about DNA testing and why it is worth getting involved.

DNA for absolute beginners.

10:15 - 11:00

DNA is becoming an important tool for anyone researching their family history and hoping to find others with whom they share common ancestors. But the jargon and science of DNA can be confusing for beginners. This talk will give a basic introduction to DNA, how we inherit it from our parents, and the key features of DNA that are used to determine how closely two people might be related. It will also introduce the three main DNA tests.

I've got my autosomal DNA results - now what do I do?

11:15 - 12:00

An autosomal DNA test gives you matches with your genetic cousins on all your ancestral lines and has the potential to help you go beyond the paper trail and help you to break through brick walls. As the databases grow we will see more and more success stories. Debbie will explain how to get the best out of your test results. What do those ethnicity percentages really mean? How do you know which matches are valid? What is triangulation? And what tools and resources are available to help you?

Famous British DNA

12:15 - 13:00

Katherine will be discussing the DNA of some of the most famous people in Britain. 

Irish surnames and DNA

13:15 - 14:00

Surnames came into widespread use in Ireland at a time where five vernacular languages were in operation – Irish, English, Norse, Welsh and Norman French. The processes through which surnames were adopted are only gradually being investigated but they appear to have emerged in a context when five major ethnic groups were interacting on Irish soil.

It's not just 'deep ancestry' - how next generation testing and Y-STRs can take your genealogy research forward.

14:15 - 15:00

The take up of NGS tests like Big Y and Full Genomes has been huge in the past year, but many genetic genealogists tend to regard them as being about prehistoric or pre-surname research, so not directly useful to their own projects. This talk will present ways in which NGS testing is opening up new research directions for surname projects (looking at surnames Kemp and Cummings), and how surname projects can work closely with haplogroup projects to extend what you can understand from your Y DNA test results.

How to convince relatives and strangers to test and why

16:15 - 17:00

Now that you have taken a DNA test, you can either be passive by waiting for others to match you and hope that they have more information on your lineage than you, or you can be pro-active by engaging family and strangers in testing. Learn how additional testers can augment your lineage, regardless of what test you took. Learn how to approach possible testers, alleviating their concerns and convincing them to test. A handout is available.  Emily’s book Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond may be purchased.

Fishing in the gene pool for Vikings

11:15 - 12:00

The strength of the influence of the Vikings on Britain is obvious in historical records, archaeological finds, our language and our place-names. But how many Vikings actually came to Britain, and what proportion of us today are their descendants? This talk will describe how we can use the science of genetics to address these questions. I will summarise the published evidence and add unpublished information from our own studies of Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA diversity in Scandinavia and the British Isles.

DNA for beginners - the three tests

12:15 - 13:00

DNA testing is a useful tool which can be used as a complement to traditional family history research and can sometimes provide insights that are not available from the paper trail alone. The cost has dropped dramatically in the last few years and DNA testing is now affordable for everyone. Debbie will look at the three main tests that can be used for genealogical research – Y-chromosome DNA testing, mitochondrial DNA testing and autosomal DNA testing.

Scottish DNA - clans, families, & surnames

13:15 - 14:00

Although located on the edge of Europe the population of Scotland has been enriched for millennia by the arrival of successive waves of immigrants. Alasdair’s talk will focus on DNA testing for genealogical purposes including recent findings from various projects and the inter-relationships between various clans and families.