IGRS Spring Lecture: 20 March

The Ireland Branch has announced details of its Spring Lecture, which will be held at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, on Wednesday 20 March. It will start at 7pm, is free, and is open to members and non-members alike.

The lecturer will be Dr Maurice Gleeson, who will present: ‘DNA – Brick Wall Buster?’

Many people researching their Irish family trees will hit a Brick Wall around 1800. The paucity of records beyond this point make it difficult to know where to turn next. However, the advent of DNA testing has created the possibility of connecting with our genetic cousins and working together to break through those Brick Walls.

Dr Maurice Gleeson will describe the different types of DNA tests (Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA) and gives practical examples of how each can be applied to help us in our own family tree research. The particular challenges and opportunities in relation to Irish genealogy will be highlighted, including an exciting new project which aims to reconnect the descendants of Irish slaves sent to the Caribbean in the 1600′s with their distant relatives living in Ireland today.

Published 20 February 2013

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