Monday 23 December 2019

GGI2020 Belfast - speakers & topics

By way of an early Christmas present, here is something to whet your appetite for 2020. The speakers and topics for GGI2020 in Belfast have been drafted. And once again we have a very exciting line-up for our third year in Belfast.

There are 12 presentations in total, 6 from new speakers who have never spoken at GGI previously. We have an international range of speakers representing Ireland, the UK and the US, including Mike Sager who works for our sponsors, FamilyTreeDNA. Mike oversees the results of the Big Y test and probably has the greatest overview of the Tree of Mankind of anyone on the planet. His talk will be one of the high points of the conference.

We have beginners covered with introductory talks by Andy Hochreiter and Donna Rutherford. There is a focus on local projects and local success stories from the North of Ireland with talks from Martin McDowell, Andrew Kane and Ken & Alison Tait. Guidance on the management and interpretation of your DNA results are provided by Jonny Perl and Debbie Kennett, while Martin Hayden reveals how to harness the power of X-DNA (our first ever lecture on the topic). And to round off the selection, we have Peter McWilliam, Paddy Waldron & Cathal McElgunn presenting fascinating case studies on how DNA combined with paper records can break down long-standing Brick Walls in your family tree.

So there is something for everyone and this all promises to make GGI2020 another must-see event. The complete schedule (together with talk descriptions) will be published in January.

See you in Belfast!

Maurice Gleeson
Dec 2019

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