The company Family Tree DNA was launched in Texas in 2000 to help genealogists to use DNA evidence to build family trees, an art or science now referred to as genetic genealogy. The advances in technology and reduction in costs over the past 15 years have both been exponential. FTDNA is now in healthy competition with rival companies such as 23andMe and ancestry.com.
The value of DNA "testing" to genealogists increases dramatically with the number of people from the relevant geographical area and relevant extended family group already in the DNA databases used. Efforts are underway to persuade more Limerick people to submit DNA samples to the databases for purely genealogical purposes.
Lifelong genealogist Paddy Waldron has been using DNA comparisons to extend his family tree for the last two years. In this talk, he will explain the ancestral paths along which different parts of DNA are inherited and how they can be used to extend family trees.
As a case study, he will show how comparing DNA and family lore with a fourth cousin twice removed found in the Family Tree DNA database helped them both to break through genealogical brick walls and to add two extra generations to the family tree of their O'Dea ancestors from Newtown near Clarina.
DNA testing (using a simple cheek swab) will be available after the lecture for anyone who wants it. Special discounted prices (starting at approximately EUR80) have been negotiated for this event.
KILRUSH DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Christmas Social