Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017

I’m super excited about visiting Dublin in less than a month. That’s right, Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 is fast approaching.

The 3-day conference takes place at the Royal Dublin Society October 20-22 and is being chaired and orchestrated by Dr. Maurice Gleeson. You can sign up here or pay at the door and it’s very reasonably priced at $10 Euro per day – or get a 50% discount by booking in advance here.

Actually, looking at the list of speakers, I think I’ve just about died and gone to DNA geekie Heaven.

Maurice has done an absolutely fantastic job of lining up speakers that you just can’t see anyplace else. Most aren’t normally on the “speaking circuit,” so to speak, so I really welcome this rare opportunity. Many work in specialized fields like ancient DNA or have specific focuses like the Ireland DNA project or the Iceland sequencing initiative.

I can’t wait to learn from each and every speaker. You can view the speaker profiles here.

Not only am I a genealogist, but I absolutely love science and combining technology with science to solve problems – in this case – genetics, to break down brick walls. While I’m not big on attending genealogy conferences, per se, genetics and genetic genealogy conferences make my eyes light up like Christmas tree bulbs and I hyperventilate.

Not only that, but at genetics conferences, we get to meet other genetic genealogists, geneticists, and academics and discuss all sorts of lovely things like mutation rates and segment size late into the night…in a nice Irish pub over brews. OK, so now I’m fantasizing…but maybe not. We’ll see.

My Sessions

Maurice has been gracious enough to invite me to present two sessions, which I’ve just recently finalized. After my ungraceful cobblestone dance in the Netherland in July, there was some question about my attendance, but let’s just say I have made every effort to be present – and barring something unforeseen, I’ll be there, not tap dancing, but limping a bit and trying to travel very light.

My two presentations will be:

  • Nine Autosomal Tools at Family Tree DNA and How to Use Them
  • Autosomal DNA Through the Generations

Both of these are new presentations developed specially for Genetic Genealogy Ireland.

The first session looks at how to use the various tools available at Family Tree DNA, their options and utilizing the tools successfully together. Family Tree DNA provides us lots of ways to break down brick walls. I can’t say for sure right now, but there might even be a surprise in the mix. Stay tuned.

The second session utilizes 4 generations of the same family that have tested, and looks at what we can learn about inheritance. We will be discussing segments and phasing, along with the Family Phasing tool at Family Tree DNA that allows you to connect your DNA to your tree, along with that of your relatives to show you if your non-connected matches are related to you maternally or paternally. This is a fun presentation, actually built cooperatively with my teenage granddaughter who is very interested in genetics. It’s imperative that we infect the next generation, you know!

If you have a child or grandchild that might be interested, this is the perfect subject because you can test multiple generations too – and let’s face it – science is a lot more fun when it’s YOUR story.

You can read my complete speaker profile here.

Past Lectures and Social Media

Can’t attend, but want to follow along? Do you have Irish ancestors, and not just on St. Patrick’s Day? Does your DNA run a little green?

Well, you’re in luck. Genetic Genealogy Ireland has a Facebook group here.

Genetic Genealogy Ireland also has its own YouTube channel. You can view past lectures, here, for free. (Have I mentioned that Maurice, who has made this possible, is wonderful?)

And yes, I suspect strongly that this means that you’ll eventually have the opportunity to view the 2017 lectures as well, but seriously, if you can attend, please do.

Can’t Wait to Meet You

If you’re attending the conference, I can’t wait to meet you in person. Be sure to say hello. I’ll either be in the various DNA sessions or probably at the Family Tree DNA booth helping the volunteers there.

I hope to be able to blog from the conference. Depending on the wifi quality, the cost and my exhaustion level, I may have to wait until I get home, but rest assured, I’ll be sharing.

Thank You

The 3 full days of genetic genealogy lectures are sponsored by Family Tree DNA and organized by the ISOGG volunteers who will be attending and available to answer your genetic genealogy questions. Not a member of ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy)? It’s free to join, so please do.

A big thank you to Dr. Gleeson, ISOGG Education Ambassador who blogs here, Family Tree DNA and the ISOGG volunteers. This conference wouldn’t be happening without them.



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9 thoughts on “Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017

  1. Roberta,
    How exciting for you to be a speaker at this conference. We all know you will be a big hit. Your explanation of DNA is the most straight forward I’ve ever read.
    I have a question about autosomal DNA at Family Tree. How accurate would you say is Family Tree’s matching to the correct line(paternal or maternal) in your tree? I have a match with a male who we believe we should share 3rd Great Grandfathers. However, this man had two wives. So, our full common ancestors would his parents. Since I’m a female and he’s male, then we have definitely inherited our autosomal DNA differently. This match shows as a 2nd-3rd cousin with 70cM shared with me, about 48cM with my sister and a female paternal cousin. FTdna has not designated this male match as being on my paternal line or maternal line. However, FTdna does say that we have 60+ matches with only 4 being on my paternal line and 12 on my maternal line. What are your thoughts on people who share this much DNA and they are not designated to which line they match? I’m beginning to think that we do not share a match with our direct male line, but through the females in our lines. If you have written about this, then please give me a reference to it. Thanks for any advice you have.
    I hope you really enjoy Ireland and I’m sure there are many of us who would love to be with you. By the way, I love your new photo.

  2. A wonderful opportunity! I’m pleased to see genetic genealogical educational opportunities in Ireland. If I were there, my message to the group would be “test, test, test!” All of us with Irish ancestors are aware that DNA databases are biased to North American testers. I would especially encourage the McElwains of Cavan and anyone in Mayo to test 🙂

  3. Roberta, for a long time I have been a member of Bryan/O’Brien Surname Project, administered ny Dennis O’Brien, Dennis Wright, John O’Brien, and Kevin O’Brien. I think Robert Casey may also be a new administrator. Dennis O and Dennis W have helped me very much over the years. I have tested 111 markers, Family Finder, and MtDNA. I am R-DC191, Irish Type III, witg ancestors going way back in County Clare area. I am well documented both with hard evidence and DNA results back to Morgan Bryan ( ca 1671- 1763, d. Rowan Co., NC) and his wife Margaret Strode (ca 1697-1762, d. Rowan Co., NC). Many have believed Morgan descends from Sir Francis Bryan I, who served loyally in court of Henry VIII. However, Sir Francis Bryan’s ancestors are almost undeniably English, not Irish, so I am ambivalent and actually duniuos about lineage thro Sie Francis I and a possible son of Sir Francis (Francis II) by his secon wife, Lady Joan Fitzgerald of Ireland. The Sir Francis Bryan I connection has long been bandied about in all genealogical books and forums but never been proved. Since you will be in Ireland, toss out these names of Morgan Bryan, Sir Francis Bryan I, Francis Bryan II, and William Smith Bryan, and let me know what you hear. My American Bryan/Bryant family definitely was originally O’Brien, from Ireland. Hopefully one or more of our Bryan Surname administrators will show up at the affair in Dublin. Have a great time and stay safe. No Irish jigs!

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