Thursday, 30 March 2017

DNA delights at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2017

There is just one week to go until Who Do You Think You Are? Live  the largest and most important genealogy event in the UK. I've been going to WDYTYA every year from 2008 onwards, and it's been interesting to see how the show has changed over the years, and especially with the move from London to Birmingham in recent years. DNA has increasingly become an important feature and is very much dominating the lecture schedule this year. Whether you're just starting out or you're already a seasoned genetic genealogy addict there will be plenty of interest in the extensive programme of talks.

Family Tree DNA are once again sponsoring the DNA Workshop. There is another great line-up of speakers with a good mix of genetic genealogists and academics. I've compiled the FTDNA talks into a table below for easy reference. To see the full descriptions and the speaker details check out the Family Tree DNA Theatre Timetable on the WDYTYA website.

The DNA Workshop lectures are offered on a first come first served basis, but to guarantee a seat make sure you get to the theatre early. The three lectures in the DNA Workshop at 1.15 pm each day (highlighted in red below) will be held in SOG Theatre 2. A ticket is required to attend these talks. You can either book tickets in advance online or purchase a ticket on the day from the workshop ticketing area which is just inside the main entrance of the NEC on your left as you go into the building.

Thursday 6th April
9.30 – 5.30pm
Friday 7th April
9.30 – 5.30pm
Saturday 8th April
9.30 – 5.30pm
DNA for beginners
Linda Magellan
Finding your way 
through DNA
Emily Aulicino
The ABCs of DNA:
DNA testing for absolute beginners
Linda Kerr
Katherine Borges
The benefits of being a DNA project administrator
Autosomal DNA demystified
Debbie Kennett
What can autosomal DNA testing do
for your family tree?
Michelle Leonard
The science of admixture percentages
Garrett Hellenthal
University College London
What is SNP testing and how can it enhance a Y-DNA surname or genealogy project?
John Cleary
Recent findings in Ancient Irish DNA
Professor Dan Bradley
Trinity College Dublin

SOG Theatre 2
Discovering Richard III
Turi King
University of Leicester

SOG Theatre 2
The Y-DNA and mtDNA landscape
of Britain and Europe
Professor Mark Jobling
University of Leicester
SOG Theatre 2
Ancient DNA and British genetic history
Professor Mark Thomas
University College London
The strange affair of the Kings Cross baby and other mysteries solved with autosomal DNA
Julia Bell
DNA, emigration
and shipping
Brian Swann

Digging up your ancestors
for DNA?
Andrew Millard
University of Durham
Researching your surname
with Y-DNA
Maurice Gleeson
Y-chromosome SNPs in the historical era: discovering cascading hierarchies of SNPs
Graham Holton
Applying forensic DNA techniques and applications to historical casework
Victoria Moore
Ask the DNA experts
Ask the DNA experts
Ask the DNA experts

In addition to the FTDNA workshop there are also a number of DNA talks in the other theatres. I've provided a list below. For all these talks you will need to book tickets in advance online or purchase a ticket on the day from the workshop ticketing area.

SOG Theatre 1 (Celebrity Theatre)
Thursday 6th April at 11.15
Anna Swayne and Mike Mulligan of AncestryDNA
Introduction to AncestryDNA

Friday 7th April at 11.15 am
Sir Tony Robinson on behalf of Ancestry DNA
"DNA: The passport for your family history journey - How your DNA has travelled the world with your ancestors"

Friday 7th April at 3.15 pm
Lauren Treasure and Anna Swayne from AncestryDNA
What's new to AncestryDNA

Saturday 8th April at 11.15 am
Angie Bush on behalf of AncestryDNA
ProGen - DNA and the Paper Trail: An Essential Combination

Saturday 8th April at 3.15 pm
Dr Adam Rutherford hosted by AncestryDNA
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
Adam is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science programme. He is a geneticist and also a very entertaining speaker

SOG Theatre 3
Thursday 6th April at 10.15 am
David Nicholson, Alexander Cocker and Martin Blythe from Living DNA
High definition ancestry testing in the UK

Friday 7th April at 11.15 am
Cancer Research UK

Friday 7th April at 3.15 pm
David Nicholson, Alexander Cocker and Martin Blythe from Living DNA

Saturday 8th April at 12.15 pm
David Nicholson, Alexander Cocker and Martin Blythe from Living DNA
There is the usual wide range of exhibitors. For full details see the list on the WDYTYA Live website. Three DNA companies  AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and Living DNA  will be in attendance. The companies usually have a special show price so if you were thinking of getting tested this is a good time to pick up a kit. The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) will be on Stand 184 providing free advice on DNA testing. Check out the surname poster on the ISOGG stand to see if your name qualifies for a free Y-DNA test.

The Guild of One-Name Studies will be on Stand 97-99 and will be handing out free surname maps. Many of my fellow Guild members are running DNA projects as part of their one-name studies, and Guild members benefit from being able to order discounted DNA kits all year round. If you want to find out more come along to the Guild stand and have a chat.

This is a particularly busy time of year as we also have a get-together this weekend for the Guild's Annual Conference which is taking place in Southampton. We have some DNA sessions lined up for Friday afternoon. My slides are all prepared and I look forward to catching up with everyone tomorrow.

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