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. It will also cover the importance of X-chromosome matches and the use of third party tools. 

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish Professional Genealogist. She holds an M.A. in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews and a PgCert in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She undertakes genealogical research work, DNA detective work, living relative tracing, historical research, documentary research, tutoring, article writing and speaking engagements. She spent several years working on the Fromelles Genealogy Project tracking down appropriate DNA donors to help identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave and served as the Genealogical Consultant on the official Fromelles documentary. She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events.