Tuesday 31 July 2018

BTOP & GGI return to Belfast

The dates for Back to Our Past and Genetic Genealogy Ireland have been announced for next year in Belfast. Once again, this will be a 2-day event running over Friday and Saturday, 15th & 16th of February, 2019.

The first event took place earlier this year (2018) in the iconic Titanic Belfast museum on Belfast's waterfront and was a great success. So much so that the organisers are expanding the event next year, including more exhibitors, and moving it to a larger venue - The Belfast Waterfront.

This award-winning multi-purpose venue was built in 1997 and has been voted Best Event Space 2017 and (in 2002) the Second Best Conference Centre in the World. As well as conferences, conventions and exhibitions, it hosts concerts by the Ulster orchestra; plays, operas & musicals; and the ever-popular TV show Britain's Got Talent. If you're lucky, you might get an audition while you're there.

The Belfast Waterfront - the second best Conference Centre in the world 

The venue itself is located in the heart of Belfast City, minutes walk from Belfast City Hall. Nearby hotels include the Hilton Belfast, the Malmaison Belfast, and the oh-so-affordable Premier Inn. The Titanic Belfast museum is a mere 20 minutes walk north & slightly east. The address of the Belfast Waterfront is 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH, Northern Ireland.

Ideally located near ... well, everything!

The DNA Lectures will take place in Hall 2B which has a capacity for 300 people - so plenty of room for everyone! You can go on a virtual tour here.

The DNA Lectures of GGI2019 Belfast are in Hall 2B (top left)

See you in Belfast next February!

Maurice Gleeson
July 2018

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Back to Our Past 2018, Dublin

Back to Our Past is back at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin from October 19th to 21st.

Kindly sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and jointly organised by ISOGG volunteers from Ireland, the UK and the US, Back to Our Past features 3 days of DNA Lectures from the créme de la créme of genetic genealogists.

These international speakers will cover a range of topics relating to all three types of DNA test (Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA) and there will be several Expert Panels over the weekend where a host of experts will contribute to discussion of the hot topics in genetic genealogy.

Audiences in 2017 reached an all-time high

In addition there will be an exhibition hall featuring stands and booths hosted by a variety of different organisations and institutions of general interest to all genealogists.

Floor Plan of Back to Our Past (DNA Lectures are upstairs)

If you are interested in coming you will find some practical information about travel, accommodation and logistics on this page here.

Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin in October!

Maurice Gleeson
July 2018

Tickets are 10 euro per day or can be booked in advance from the Back to Our Past website