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Digging Up Your Ancestors Using DNA and Surnames


Tue 2 Jun 2015, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: seonaid2

Join us for discussion on DNA and surname research with Gail Riddell and Michelle Patient.

The Guild of One Name Studies and Auckland Libraries are pleased to present an evening discussion by Gail Riddell and Michelle Patient.

The pair will discuss the various aspects of using DNA in your family history research, including how understanding more about the history and distribution of your surname can help not only break down brickwalls, but also provide evidence to confirm or eliminate various possible lines of your tree.

This evening is for those thinking about using DNA in the family history, but would like to know more before they start using this tool, as well as for those already using DNA who would like to understand more about DNA test results and projects and how they can help further one's research.

Speaker bios:

Michelle Patient
Michelle Patient is a regular speaker around New Zealand and overseas, on a range of family history topics. We welcome her return to Auckland Libraries in her new role as New Zealand Regional Representative for the international genealogy group the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS).

Gail Riddell
Gail Riddell is a well known presenter of DNA in the New Zealand genetic genealogy circles and a frequent contributor to many genetic genealogical forums in the USA . She writes for a number of surname newsletters and her most recent and comprehensive (but basic) articles covering all DNA tests is located on the Family History Network website.

The American testing firm FamilyTree DNA - FTDNA - uses Riddell as a roving Administrator and consequently she currently manages some 45 projects (38 Surnames and 5 geographical plus a Y-Haplogroup project and is about to take on the R1b1 Y-Haplogroup). As an 'all-rounder', she is in heavy demand (which is why she operates so many projects), especially as she has made 2 aspects of DNA testing her specialty, these are Y-DNA (the surname line) and atDNA (the cousins lines) which she has taken well beyond the actual testing of Y-DNA and atDNA. She is not "into" either medical or forensic testing which are very different to genealogical testing (but confesses to having received her own medical reports from a particular test)". In a year or two, Gail will go "professional".

When: Tuesday 2 June, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Central City Library, Level 2, Whare Wananga

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