The theme for this year's DNA Lecture schedule at Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 focuses on "Connecting with our Roots", whether they be in Ireland, in Europe, or beyond. There have been several seminal pieces of work in this regard that are particularly relevant to this year's theme, including the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland's research on the Irish Traveller's and the Irish DNA Atlas project. The latter promises to raise questions about our distant Irish roots that may up-end many the theories about who we are and where we came from.
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Connecting with our roots extends beyond Ireland to include the DNA of Ancient Europeans (Eppie Jones, Trinity College Dublin) as well as an associated presentation from Prof. Dan Bradley. And of particular interest will be the incredible work that Iceland has done on genotyping virtually the entire population of the country (Prof Gisli Palsson), the power of mitochondrial DNA for Swedish research (Peter Sjölund) and the DNA of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade.
There will also be a host of presentations aimed at the absolute beginner and those who have already taken a DNA test and want to learn more about interpreting their results and maximising their usefulness to their own particular family tree research. Many of the most eminent names in genetic genealogy internationally will be in attendance as well as those with a specific Irish focus.
So there will be something for everyone. And there will be a special Ask the Experts session where you can pitch any question you like to our panel of genetic genealogy experts.
These lectures are free and are open to everyone so be sure to come early to reserve your seat. Most of them will be recorded for the GGI YouTube Channel which currently boasts 71 videos with a total viewing audience of over 135,000.
Looking forward to seeing you for the 3 days of the conference at the RDS, 20-22 October 2017.
Let's connect with our roots!
These lectures are sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised by volunteers from ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy).
This year, the four lectures on Friday afternoon were made possible by the kind support of CITIGEN, a HERA Project. CITIGEN is an international collaborative research project that looks at the uses of modern and ancient genomic data in shaping public understandings of the past and our individual and collective identities.