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.

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.