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.

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.

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.