Discover DNA at Symposium in West Cork

DNA testing for genealogy is becoming increasingly affordable and popular, especially as gifts, not just to provide an indicator of ethnicity, but also to support research into family histories. The types of DNA testing and how to use the results fully is still not widely understood. The advancement of the new citizen science of genetic genealogy is limited to a small group of individuals who are open to sharing their results, and usually it costs nothing. The West Cork DNA and Family History Symposium 2020 has been arranged to better this understanding, the importance of increasing data sharing, and specifically for West Cork where the paper trail is not always clear. Organised by Ballynoe House and the Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce, the all-day event will take place at Fernhill House Hotel on Monday, June 8.

Speakers from the US, UK and Ireland will be making presentations throughout the day. They will also be on hand to answer questions. The day starts for the beginner, explaining the various types of test, providing case histories and online resources. There will be detailed presentations of DNA studies into the West Cork families of Collins, Barry and Mennis, as well as the Irish DNA Surname Mapping Project. Presentations will also discuss the diaspora and emigrants from Drimoleague and Dunmanway.

Attendees will be entered into a prize draw, which includes more than €1200 worth of DNA testing kits, annual memberships and books about DNA testing & genetic genealogy.

For more information contact Mark Grace at Ballynoe House or Facebook ‘My Irish Genealogy’ to download a copy of the programme.

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WCP Staff

WCP Staff Writer

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