DNA themed workshops at WDYTYA Scotland, Glasgow, Aug 2014

The DNA Interest Group along wit ISOGG is supporting a series of workshops on each day of the WDYTYA event in Glasgow later this month (29-31 Aug 2014).  Talks will be aimed at all levels of genetic genealogy from beginner to intermediate and above, at these drop-in workshops which will be hosted at the Family Tree DNA stand at the show.

More information can be seen here http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/about-show/dna-research-0 .  No tickets are required, but capacity may be tight.

While the schedule has not been posted on the WDYTYA website, a copy of the planned timetable for the talks is attached here:

DNA talks WDYTYA Glasgow 2014

All interested who plan to attend the show are welcome at any of these talks.



DNA workshops at WDYTYA Live 2014

Who Do You Think You Are Live 2014 has just opened up a YouTube channel with videos of some of the workshops that were given last week.  Top of the bill is our own Alasdair Macdonald discussing Scottish DNA research.  The channel can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HQSiSkiy7ujlkgQER1FYw?feature=watch and it will be worth revisiting as more presentations are likely to be uploaded there.

The workshops this year covered a wide range of subjects from the basics of using DNA in family history research, extended reports on established surname projects, and talks on deep ancestry.  In the latter area, Jean Manco (writer of Ancestral Journeys) and Mike Hammer both showed evidence that the R (R1b and R1a) lineages may have emerged far further east in Asia and entered Europe more recently than than previously thought, and largely replaced the previously existing (male) populations. There was robust discussion on how violent and bloodthirsty this population replacement may have been.  Presentations from Mike Hammer and Andy Grierson also showed how the next version of the haplogroup tree is going to be much more complex and bushy than before due to recent advances in DNA research.  And at the family history end of the scale, informative and interesting presentations from Debbie Kennett, Chris Pomery, Geoff Swinfield and others showed what the technique can offer to different types of family or surname projects.

Definitely worth keeping an eye on this channel as more of the talks are added from last week’s show.

First meeting report-back

The DNA Interest Group for Scotland held its first meeting in January 2014, and in a packed programme heard several interesting reports on projects with a Scottish interest, and the participants talked about the many ways that a forum like this could help them with their interests.  Some people had travelled quite far for the meeting, from Staffordshire, Aberdeen and Ireland, so it was tremendous to see that degree of interest.

A number of other project coordinators had contacted the organisers before the day to say they were not able to make it to the meeting – often because they were even further away, in other continents!  Some of them sent short written reports on their projects, so shortly we will make some of the presentations from the meeting and written reports available to members of the group.

For now here is a summary of the inaugural meeting which you can download from the link below.  Apologies for the slight delay in posting this, but both organisers plead having been unusually busy in the time since the meeting.  If anyone has any comments or enquiries – or if you think we have misquoted you – please contact us via genDNAscotland@gmail.com . Plans are being made for a second group meeting during the spring, so watch this space.


DIG Scotland – programme for 18 January 2014

Founding meeting of DNA Interest Group for Scotland:

Saturday 18th January 2014, 11.00 am – 2.00pm
Room GH753, Graham Hills Building

University of Strathclyde, 40 George Street, Glasgow


11.00              Greetings and introductions

11.10              Types of DNA test and DNA projectsA. Macdonald & J. Cleary

11.30              ISOGG and the need for a DNA forum for Scotland – J. Cleary, A.   Macdonald & open discussion

12.00              Project briefings – brief reports from:
MacFarlane surname project;  Kennedy surname project;  R-L165 haplogroup project (MacLeod/MacNeils etc);  Camp and Kemp surname project;  Ledingham surname project; WW1 Fromelle Project; Scottish DNA geographical Project.  Brief reports or announcements from other Projects that have contacted the Organisers (including brief written reports)

(12.30 approx  Short break for tea and coffee)

1.30                Future planning of the DNA Interest Group                     All present

1.55                                AOB

2.00                                Close

The full provisional programme can be downloaded through this link:

DIG Programme 18 January 2014

Founding meeting of DNA Interest Group for Scotland, January 2014

Capture2Announcement of the founding meeting of the DNA Interest Group  Scotland (DIG-S), date and venue:

Saturday 18th January 2014, 11.00 am – 2.00pm
Room GH753, Graham Hills Building

University of Strathclyde, 40 George Street, Glasgow

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The founding meeting is open to anyone who has experience or an interest in using DNA for genealogical or family history research.  Its goal is to establish a forum for:

  • sharing and comparing results of research in genetic genealogy
  • encouraging the use of genetic genealogy within the British Isles with a particular focus on Scotland (anyone within reach of Glasgow is welcome to attend)
  • administrators of DNA surname, geographical and haplogroup projects to exchange ideas on project management and interpreting results
  • helping people who have taken genetic DNA tests to make sense of their test results and what they might mean for their genealogical research

Further details and a working agenda will be posted in due course.  In the meantime, please contact genDNAscotland@gmail.com for further information or to register an interest in attending, or enter your name and email address in the comment form below and send in your question.

Useful Links

ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) http://www.isogg.org/

University of Strathclyde Genealogical Studies http://www.strath.ac.uk/genealogy/

The Scottish DNA Project  http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Scottishdna/

DNAeXplained: Basics of DNA genealogy http://dna-explained.com/2013/08/10/ngs-series-on-dna-basics-all-4-parts/