Association of Professional Genealogists

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Anglo-German Family History Society

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Applying forensic DNA techniques and applications to historical casework

15:15 - 16:10

The ground-breaking techniques used in the Fromelles project (which so far has identified 150 out of 250 WWI soldiers found in the mass grave) is just one example of how DNA can help identify people from historical cases. This talk gives an overview of the various ways that DNA can be used to assist identification of historic remains recovered from battlefields and aircraft crash sites. Some of these techniques could theoretically be applied to digging up our ancestors and sampling their DNA (there are a few examples of where this is already happening).

Digging up your ancestors for DNA?

14:15 - 15:10

An increasing number of people are suggesting the DNA testing of excavated human skeletons as a route to more information about their ancestors. The genetic analysis of Richard III has demonstrated the potential, given enough time and resources. But could one really go about direct DNA testing of ancestors?

Recent findings in Ancient Irish DNA

12:15 - 13:15

We are engaged in analysis of genome variation in archaeological bone. They vary in age and some are up to 6000 years old. This year saw the publication of our paper reporting on the analysis of four such skeletons which were found in Rathlin Island and Ballynahatty in the North of Ireland. I will also talk about our analysis of Roman era skeletons from York – the first genomes from ancient Britons.

What can autosomal DNA testing do for your family tree?

11:15 - 12:10

This talk will give an overview of how autosomal DNA testing can help you solve mysteries in and confirm the accuracy of your family tree. It will explain how autosomal DNA is inherited and how to use your autosomal DNA results to find new cousins, break down brick walls and verify your paper research. Using personal success stories it will talk you through the process from getting your autosomal DNA results to matching with cousins and offer practical guidance on the best steps to take to succeed.

The ABCs of DNA: DNA testing for absolute beginners

10:15 - 11:10

Not sure what DNA test to take or what it will tell you about your roots? Come and learn the basics with Linda Kerr.

Y-chromosome SNPs in the historical era: discovering cascading hierarchies of SNPs

15:15 - 16:10

Until recently, Y-chromosome SNPs were regarded as only useful for ancient ancestry. This presentation will look at the increasing importance of SNPs for genealogy in the historical era, giving examples of branch markers which can now identify male line descendants of family lineages established between the 13th and 16th centuries. Some proposals will be put forward for a methodology to advance the discovery of SNPs from this and even more recent periods.

DNA, emigration and shipping

14:15 - 15:10

The study of emigrants from Britain can help both the emigrant’s descendants and the British left behind in tracing their own family lines back by triangulation, especially before 1800. As most DNA surname projects will contain a predominance of American members, it can help having a knowledge of the basics of American family history. The British can be in a strong position to help in research efforts to mutual benefit. The presentation will concentrate on emigration from England to America, 1606/7 to 1800, where survival of shipping lists can be rare.