Tuesday 5 July 2016

Speakers announced for GGI2016

Once again, this year's Genetic Genealogy Ireland boasts a host of fabulous speakers on a diverse range of topics.  These DNA Lectures at Back to Our Past have grown in popularity since they first started in 2013.

The event has proved so popular that this year we have quite a few people coming from overseas to speak at the conference, as well as our own more local academics and genetic genealogists from the Hibernian Peninsula!  We are truly blessed to have such top quality speakers.

This year we commemorate the centenary of 1916 and what a tumultuous year it was, for both Ireland and Europe. The Easter Rising in Dublin was followed by the Battle of the Somme. Thousands of people lost their lives and the course of history was changed forever. Both these events, which had such a huge impact on the Irish people, are reflected in the topics for this year's DNA Lecture schedule.

The lineup of speaker's at GGI2016 include the following:

  • Prof Dan Bradley, Trinity College Dublin (IRL)
  • Dr Jens Carlsson, University College Dublin (IRL)
  • Ed Gilbert, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (IRL)
  • Dr Ren√© Gapert, Human Remains Services Ireland (IRL)
  • Debbie Kennett, University College London (ISOGG, UK)
  • Michelle Leonard, University of Strathclyde (ISOGG, Scotland)
  • Jim Barry, The Barrymore Project (ISOGG, USA)
  • Dennis O'Brien, O'Brien Surname DNA Project (ISOGG, Australia) 
  • Dennis Wright, Irish Type III R-L226 Project (ISOGG, Australia)
  • Robert Casey, Casey Surname Project (ISOGG, USA)
  • Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide (ISOGG, USA)
  • Jennifer Zinck, Zinck DNA Project, (ISOGG, USA)
  • Peter Sjoland, Swedish DNA Project (ISOGG, Sweden)
  • Maurice Gleeson, Gleason/Gleeson DNA Project (ISOGG, UK & IRL)
  • Katherine Borges, Ireland mtDNA Project (Director, ISOGG, USA)
  • Linda Magellan, Magellan DNA Project, (ISOGG, USA)
  • Gerard Corcoran, ISOGG Ireland representative (IRL)
  • Paddy Waldron, Clare Roots Society (ISOGG, IRL)
  • John Cleary, Camp & Kemp Project (ISOGG, Scotland)
  • Maggie Lyttle, NIFHS Ballymena (ISOGG, N.IRL)
  • Ann Marie Coghlan, Cork Genealogical Society (ISOGG, IRL)

Topics include ancient Irish DNA, the Irish DNA Atlas project, linking DNA to the Ancient Irish Annals, identifying our war dead, Scandinavian DNA, introducing DNA to your Family History Society, DNA & adoptees, and a range of practical presentations on how to interpret your DNA results and get the most out of your DNA test.

I am really looking forward to what will be another excellent set of lectures at Genetic Genealogy Ireland.

Maurice Gleeson
July 2016

GGI2016 is sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised by volunteers from ISOGG.


  1. What a line up. Of great interest to people of the British Isles and also for Ireland,