One of our seven speakers, Debbie Kennett, is a well known author and speaker and an internationally recognised expert on genetic genealogy. She is an Honorary Research Associate at University College London and is the author of two books: DNA and Social Networking and The Surnames Handbook. She has written widely about DNA testing both for the family history press and in academic journals.
Debbie’s talk on 28th August is The genetic genealogy revolution: How DNA testing is transforming family history research
DNA testing is a powerful tool for the family historian. Not only can it help to break through brick walls but it can also produce surprises. Find out how the different tests work and hear about some of the fascinating stories uncovered with the help of DNA. Nearly 40 million people around the world have now taken a direct-to-consumer DNA test. The large genetic genealogy databases can help to reunite long lost cousins but can also bring surprises and can be used in controversial and unexpected ways. Debbie will explain what you can and can’t learn from a DNA test. She will look at the different types of DNA test and provide practical examples of how DNA testing can be used as a powerful tool to help with your family history research.
Book for all the talks on 28th August: