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.

Autosomal DNA - how to use it in practice

14:15 - 15:00

This talk will focus almost exclusively on autosomal DNA and how to use it to find long lost cousins. I've used it in my own family tree to find second cousins of my father's who live in Australia. We wouldn't have been able to establish this link without the DNA test. I'll also be explaining a step-by-step approach to assessing your matches on the autosomal DNA test and how to narrow down the number of potential candidates for the common ancestor that you share with each match.

Fromelles - the role of DNA in the identification process.

15:15 - 16:00

The desire to identify as many as possible from those 250 recovered in 2010 from the battle of Fromelles in 1916 has resulted in a large database of profiles. The process has to date allowed 144 individuals to be named with work ongoing on the remaining. I will describe the process of identification, the matching of diverse data sets, the stability of the Y-STR and mitochondrial markers as well as some of the logistical aspects of the projects that involved producing 1500 family trees with more than 3000 individuals mapped.

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.

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.