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Belfast genealogy conference delves into our DNA

By Staff Reporter

The DNA of people from Northern Ireland will be revealed during a conference next month.

Genetic Genealogy Ireland, which is part of the Back To Our Past event, takes place in the Titanic Centre in Belfast on February 16 and 17.

It brings together academics and hobbyists to demonstrate how DNA testing has revolutionised family history research.

One of the highlights will be Donna Rutherford's talk as she takes the audience on a genetic journey into the world of Game of Thrones, revealing the surprises that DNA testing of the various characters would expose.

DNA testing as a genealogical tool has become increasingly popular in recent years and thousands of people across Northern Ireland have already tested, helped by the efforts of the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS).

The NIFHS holds regular classes on DNA testing.

The free lectures run from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day and include 'how to' talks for those new to DNA testing, as well as talks of general interest and specialist topics.

Professor Jim Mallory from Queen's University, Belfast, will summarise the archaeological, linguistic and genetic evidence that describes the origins of the people of Ireland and the UK.

The Irish DNA Atlas project recently published the findings of their six years of research and Ed Gilbert - the lead author - will discuss the results.

Several case studies will be presented illustrating how Y-DNA in particular lends itself to the study of surnames.

Each day will end with an Ask the Experts session where the audience can ask any question they like to a panel.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with the organisers as media partner for the event and will shortly be offering readers ticket concessions for the event.

÷ Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) runs as part of Back to Our Past (BTOP) at the Titanic Centre, on February 16 and 17. The lectures are free and anyone can attend. Admission to BTOP is £10 per day. If you are interested in visiting or exhibiting, further information on Back To Our Past is available from the organisers at tel: 00353 14969028, email or visit

GGI is sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised jointly by members of ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) and NIFHS.

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