This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me Debbie Kennett. I am not compensated to provide my opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone. I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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I am an Honorary Research Fellow attached to the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. I was originally appointed in 2013 as an Honorary Research Associate. My contract was renewed in 2018 for a further five years. I was appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow in February 2024 on a three-year contract. I do not receive any remuneration for this post.

I have a free professional membership of the Donor Conception Network which started in March 2018.

I am a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies, and I am the Guild's Social Networking Co-ordinator with responsibility for the Guild's various social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc).

I am a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. I am a major contributor to the ISOGG Wiki, and also serve as an administrator on the Wiki.

I belong to the Society of Genealogists, the Berkshire Family History Society, the Devon Family History Society, the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

I am the volunteer project administrator or co-administrator of the following DNA projects at FamilyTreeDNA: the Cruwys/Cruse/Cruise DNA Project, the Devon DNA Project, the mtDNA Haplogroup U4 Project, the Haplogroup R-U106 Project, the Kennett DNA Project and the Aldous DNA Project. All these projects are independent genealogical research studies. I receive no payment or incentives from FamilyTreeDNA or any other organisation or institution to run these projects.

I was appointed as one of the moderators for the R1b-U106/S21 mailing list in April 2014.

I occasionally receive a small fee and reimbursement of travelling expenses when giving presentations, and I receive a complimentary speaker's pass where appropriate. I have sometimes received a free DNA kit from Family Tree DNA in recompense for lecturing in the DNA workshop at Who Do You Think You Are? Live and at Genetic Genealogy Ireland but I have had to pay my own travelling and accommodation costs for attending these events which greatly exceed the cost of the test.

I receive small fees for the articles that I have written for commercial family history magazines. I receive complimentary copies of books that I review. I received a free DNA test from Living DNA in 2016 for review purposes.

I sometimes get asked to do private DNA consultations for individuals for which I charge a modest fee. I have occasionally provided a paid genetic genealogy consultation service for TV and radio. I sometimes undertake paid genealogical research.

I was a member of the Genographic Project Design Group, a small team of volunteer genetic genealogists who were providing feedback to the Genographic Project team on the development of the website. The group has been inactive since the summer of 2013.

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Anonymous said...

As I have the name Cruse in my ancestry I find your information very interesting. Thank you.

Debbie Kennett said...

Thank you. Which Cruse line are you researching. Do get in touch by e-mail. I might be able to give you more information.

Kathy Cruse said...

Thank you for doing so much research for those of us with the Cruse name. I am the youngest of 4 girls with the last name and I am 66! My father passed away several years ago - therefore I cannot get DNA testing from a male participant. I live in the USA and there are few Cruse family members that I am aware of in this part of the world - no cousins. How do I get specific information to trace my family (Scots/Irish)?

Debbie Kennett said...


Thanks for getting in touch. As a female you can take the Family Finder test through the Cruwys DNA Project. This will give you matches with genetic cousins on all your family lines. We have a few people in the project with Cruse/Crews ancestry who've now taken this test. It's now very cheap too costing just $99. You can find the project website here:


You can read my blog post about the Family Finder test here:


Can you perhaps e-mail me with outline details of your Cruse tree so that I can have a copy for my records? I will then also be able to see if you connect with any of the other lines for which I have information.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone help me as I have send my dna to Full-Genomes corporation. Its been 2 months and I still get see the same message over and over again.Status: We received your completed kit and are working on sending it to the lab.

Debbie Kennett said...

You can find the contact details for Full Genomes on the ISOGG SNP chart:


If you're on Facebook you can contact them in their Facebook group: