Dublin - DNA Lecture Schedule

2016 DNA Lecture Schedule

The schedule for our 2017 event is being finalised - below is the schedule from last years event
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Key: Y, Y-DNA topic; M, mtDNA topic; A, autosomal DNA topic
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DNA Lecture Schedule (Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2016)
Sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised by ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy)

FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER

11.10 - ISOGG Ireland update
(Gerard Corcoran, ISOGG Ireland rep)
Subject: generalGerard gives an overview of recent developments in Irish genealogy and genetic genealogy in particular. His presentation will include the new opportunities afforded by the new EPIC Ireland exhibit, and other recent initiatives, and what they mean for the future of Irish genetic genealogy.

12.00 - Introducing DNA for genealogy
(Katherine Borges, ISOGG, USA)
Subject: Beginners
This is the perfect presentation for the absolute beginner. If you have no idea how DNA can help you in your family tree research then this is the talk for you. Katherine gives an overview of the three different types of DNA test and how each of them can help you break through Brick Walls in your own genealogical research.

13.00 - Testing Ancestral Remains: the Barrymore Project
(René Gapert, HRSI, IRL & Jim Barry, ISOGG, USA)
Subject: Ancient DNA
This is the first privately-sponsored project to extract ancient DNA from ancestral remains. Jim Barry raised the money for this project himself and gained permission from the National Museum of Ireland to recover and test the remains found in the Barrymore Mausoleum in Castlelyons, Co. Cork.  The preliminary results presented here are consistent with the hypothesis that the remains located there include those of James Barry, 4th Earl of Barrymore (1667-1748). René & Jim will discuss how the DNA was extracted and the results thus far.

14.00 - The DNA of the Dál gCais & subclades discovered with Big-Y
(Dennis Wright, ISOGG, AUS)
Subject: DNA & the Gaelic Clans
The Dál gCais is one of the oldest Gaelic Clans and gave rise to Brian Boru’s branch among many others. In 2006 Dennis Wright discovered a distinctive set of DNA markers that defined this Clan and since then advanced DNA testing has helped clarify the branching pattern within this particular Clan, allowing people to place themselves on particular branches of the Dalcassian family tree. Dennis discusses the history of this project, how it has evolved over time, and what the future holds for the men of the Dál gCais.

15.00 - Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
(Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, USA)
Subject: Autosomal DNA
This is a must for anyone who needs help understanding their autosomal DNA test results. Diahan discusses various strategies for how to turn your list of genetic cousins into ancestral discoveries. You will leave with a solid understanding of how to start actually using your autosomal DNA testing in your genealogy.

16.00 - Recent Findings in Ancient Irish DNA
(Prof Dan Bradley, TCD, IRL)
Subject: Ancient DNA
Many ancient Irish skeletons are currently undergoing ancient DNA analysis. They vary in age and some are up to 6000 years old. This year saw the publication of the first of several papers reporting on the analysis of four such skeletons which were found in Rathlin Island and Ballynahatty. Further research is ongoing and here to give us an update is Prof Dan Bradley from Trinity College Dublin.

17.00 - Adding DNA to your Family History Society
(Maggie Lyttle, North of Ireland Family History Society, & Ann Marie Coghlan, Cork Genealogical Society, IRL)
Subject: general
There are a variety of Family History Societies around Ireland and many of them have recently started to incorporate DNA testing as part of their society’s activities. In this presentation we hear from two such societies, one from Cork, the other from Ballymena. Ann Marie and Maggie will be telling us how they did it, why they did it, and what difference it has made to the members of their respective societies.

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER

11.10 - DNA testing for beginners
(Linda Magellan, ISOGG, USA)
Subject: Beginners
Linda covers all the basics about DNA testing – the three main types of DNA test, what each one can do for you, and what kind of questions DNA can help you answer in your own particular family tree research. If you have ever thought about doing a DNA test (or even if you haven’t) this presentation will leave you with all the information you need to dip your big toe in the genepool.

12.00 - The latest developments in Y-DNA
(John Cleary, ISOGG, UK)
Subject: Y-DNA
Recent years have seen a huge explosion in the number of DNA markers available for testing on the Y-chromosome. And as more and more people have taken up these advanced tests, our ability to build more accurate genealogical trees with genetic information has expanded. The new SNP results can combine with pre-existing STR data and genealogical research to create clearer branching patterns within surname projects and help our understanding of the evolution of surnames within Ireland. John summarises these recent advances and shows us where they might lead.

13.00 - The DNA of Clan O’Brien
(Dennis O’Brien, ISOGG, AUS)
Subject: DNA & the Gaelic Clans
The O’Brien surname is one of the most common in Ireland and the O’Brien DNA Project is one of the most mature Surname DNA projects in existence. Dennis discusses the DNA results of the project, how the O’Briens are genetically related to the rest of the Dál gCais, differences and synergies between SNP & STR marker results, and the implications of the DNA results for the future of O’Brien family tree research.

14.00 - The Future of autosomal DNA testing
(Debbie Kennett, ISOGG, UK)
Subject: Autosomal DNA
There are some exciting developments in the field of autosomal DNA and Debbie will be discussing the implications of these in her presentation. These developments include some exciting refinements in genetic ethnic admixture estimates, as well as new tools for categorising genetic cousin matches. We can expect more tools and utilities in the near future and this presentation will give us some insight into what we need and what we can expect.

15.00 - Identifying our Soldiers of WWI
(Maurice Gleeson, ISOGG, IRL)
Subject: Ancient DNA
Over 330,000 WWI soldiers are still missing-in-action on the Western Front. Every year 30-60 soldiers (many of them Irish) are found during routine farm work. This presentation discusses the identification process using examples from recent finds (such as Fromelles) and how you can help the process to identify your own war dead relatives.

16.00 - Investigating Family History Mysteries with DNA: The Tools
(Jennifer Zinck, ISOGG, USA)
Subject: Autosomal DNA
This is a must-see presentation for anyone who wants to dig a bit deeper into their autosomal DNA results. Jennifer presents a variety of different tools that can prove useful in analysing your results, organising them so you can easily keep track of what you are doing, and optimising your chances of making a breakthrough in your own family tree research.

17.00 - Viking DNA in Ireland. Do you have some and where did it come from?
(Peter Sjölund, SSGG, SWE)
Subject: Y-DNA, mtDNA, atDNA
Peter runs the Swedish DNA Project which currently boasts over 4000 members. He will reveal how to recognise if your DNA is of Viking origin. He will also trace the DNA of the Vikings back to different parts of Scandinavia and all the way back to when people first colonised Scandinavia at the end of the Ice Age. If you suspect you are a Viking, this is for you.

SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER

11.10 - Using DNA to Solve Family Tree Mysteries
(Michelle Leonard, ISOGG, UK)
Subject: Beginners
This is another talk for complete beginners and will cover the three main types of DNA testing. Michelle will focus on how it can help you confirm the accuracy of your research, and find new cousins to help break through the roadblocks and dead ends in your own research. Using personal success stories, Michelle talks you through the process from getting your results to matching with cousins and offers practical guidance on the best steps to take to succeed.

12.00 - Y-SNPs: Key to the future
(Robert Casey, ISOGG, USA)
Subject: Y-DNA
The explosion of Y-SNPs is having a major impact on Surname Projects. Robert explores how Y-SNPs can be used to determine when Y-STR matches are not actually related. Y-STR “signatures” are covered in depth and how these signatures can be used to determine relatedness and predict Y-SNPs which in turn reduces Y-SNP testing costs. The availability of this new and ever-increasing body of Y-DNA data now allows the creation of reasonably accurate genetic descendant charts by extending Y-STR signatures into the genealogical time frame.

13.00 - The Ups & Downes of atDNA Matching
(Paddy Waldron, ISOGG, IRL)
Subject: Autosomal DNA
Paddy is Chairman of the Clare Roots Society and has pioneered DNA testing in Clare and surrounding areas. He has also DNA-tested numerous members of his extended family and has had many genealogical successes with DNA. Here Paddy discusses some of cases from his own experience, using them to illustrate how you can use DNA (particularly autosomal DNA) to expand your own research and make fascinating discoveries that you would otherwise have never known they existed.

14.00 - The genetic identification of the 1916 Cork Rebel, Thomas Kent
(Jens Carlsson, UCD, IRL)
Subject: Ancient DNA
The remains of Thomas Kent, one of the 16 men executed after the Easter Rising, were exhumed in June 2015 and reburied in Sep 2015 following a State funeral in Castlelyons, Co. Cork. The only way to be sure that the remains were those of Thomas Kent was to recover DNA and compare it with those of living relatives. The scientific team was lead by Dr Carlsson from the UCD Earth Institute and here he tells the story of the recovery and identification, and how recent advances in DNA testing made this process a lot easier than it would have been ten years ago.

15.00 - The Marriage of Genetics and Genealogy: A Case Study(Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, USA)
Subject: Autosomal DNA
Diahan’s mom was adopted from an unwed mother’s home in Seattle, Washington. But using a combination of genetic and genealogical tools, she was able to reconnect with her mom’s biological family. In this presentation you will learn how it has affected their lives and you will leave with concrete ideas on how to apply these same methods to your own personal genetic genealogical endeavours, whether you are looking for your father, or your 3X Great Grandfather.

16.00 - Connecting your DNA to the Ancient Irish Annals
(Maurice Gleeson, ISOGG, IRL)
Subject: DNA & the Gaelic Clans
Maurice set out to connect his Gleeson “Clan” to the Ancient Irish Annals, only to be confronted with a variety of different hurdles and challenges. The same obstacles are likely to be encountered by many genealogists and DNA Project Administrators attempting to achieve the same objective and Maurice discusses some hints and tips on how to approach these genealogical conundrums.

17.00 - The Irish DNA Atlas Project – update Oct 2016
(Edmund Gilbert, RCSI, IRL)
Subject: Autosomal DNA
Ed returns to give us an update on this milestone project for Irish genealogy. Over 200 people have been recruited, each with 8 great grandparents from the same geographic area (c.50km radius). This gives us a snapshot of Irish autosomal DNA from about 1850, prior to the major emigration of later years. Already the project has identified distinct genetic groups within the Irish population, many of them quite clearly geographically defined. But what else have they recently discovered?

Maurice Gleeson
September 2016