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?

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. She is also the administrator of the Devon DNA Project and the mtDNA Haplogroup U4 Project. She writes the popular Cruwys News blog.