Which DNA test is best for you?

10:15 - 11:00

Many people are interested in doing a DNA test but are not sure what tests are available or what the difference is between the various tests, so this presentation will give a detailed description of the 3 main types of DNA test. It will cover what each test will tell you, and what to do once you get your results. That way you can decide for yourself which test might be best to help answer the questions you have relating to your own family tree research.

How DNA rewrote my family tree.

11:15 - 12:00

This talk will illustrate how DNA testing can be used to learn more about paternal ancestry and to discover the story of my English surname of Swinfield. By integrating Y-chromosome testing with a one-name study, I have unearthed what is to me, and I hope to you, a fascinating story about my direct ancestral line and others who share my rare surname. The techniques used are applicable to all who want to use genetic testing to look critically at their genealogical tree or who are seeking evidence of how others with the same surname may be related.

Autosomal DNA Success

13:15 - 14:00

Connecting with unknown family, finding cousins with whom you can research, and discovering which ancestors provided your DNA are rewarding aspects of autosomal testing which can lead to genealogical success. This test can be helpful for adoptees. This presentation will show how autosomal DNA is inherited, including the X-chromosome, and help you discover how to find common ancestors you share with those you match. Learn about others' successes and start making your own! A handout is available.

The Genetic History of the United Kingdom: the POBI project

14:15 - 15:00

I present results from the People of the British Isles (POBI) project, an exploration of the fine-scale genetic architecture of the United Kingdom. Using the DNA of individuals sampled across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, I illustrate the striking correlation between an individual's genetics and their geographic origins.

Exploring surnames, DNA, and Genealogy in the Low Countries

15:15 - 16:00

There is limited knowledge on the biological relatedness between citizens and on the demographic dynamics within villages, towns and cities in pre-17th-century Western Europe. By combining Y-chromosomal genotypes, in-depth genealogies and surname data in a strict genetic genealogical approach, it has been possible to gain insights into the genetic diversity and the relatedness among indigenous paternal lineages within six Flemish communities at the time of the surname adoption between 14th-15th century.

Valmay Young, FIBIS trustee and Geraldine Charles, Fibis trustee and Professional Archivist

Although an archivist for many years with the National Maritime Museum, Geraldine Charles originally studied Biological Sciences at degree level. This included Anthropology and Genetics. Geraldine is also a founder member of the Families in British India Society (FIBIS) and has given many talks that include the use of DNA in British India family history. Valmay Young is webmaster and trustee of FIBIS.

Dr Maurice Gleeson, MB.

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.

Debbie Kennett, Honorary Research Associate, UCL

Debbie is an avid genealogist who has been researching her family tree for over a decade. She has written two books for the History Press: DNA and Social Networking (2011) and The Surnames Handbook (2012). Debbie is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. She is a member of ISOGG and the co-founder of the ISOGG Wiki. She runs the Cruwys/Cruse/Cruise one-name study through the Guild of One-Name Studies, and is the administrator of the associated surname project at Family Tree DNA.

Katherine Borges, Director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy

Katherine Borges, Director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. I am a member of Southern California Genealogical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Director of ISOGG, and President of the Salida Chamber of Commerce. I co-founded and became Director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), which promotes and educates about genetic genealogy to over 8,000 members in 70 countries.