12:15 - 13:15

This talk is for people who may already have some experience or knowledge of basic Y-DNA testing, but are beginners in the area of SNP testing for the Y chromosome. You may have been advised to consider a SNP test like a single SNP or the Big Y, or you may have realised you need to try SNP testing to get more useful genetic results. We will look at the best tests and strategies to use when starting out with SNP testing, and how it can enhance your surname or family research.

John Cleary

John is a lecturer at a university in Edinburgh and a member of ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy). He gives talks on using DNA for family history research in Scotland, and is interested in how genetic genealogy can help to uncover the origins and spread of surnames. He is involved in a project researching the fate of Scottish prisoners captured by Cromwell in the Civil War and transported to America, working with the Prisoners’ descendants using DNA and genealogy to discover more about their fate and find where they may have come from.