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Irish Migration
A Brief History of the Human Colonisation of Ireland Humans first arrived in Ireland around 10,000 years ago after the... More
Analysis of Sullivan Surname
Approximately 66% of the present population of the Island of Ireland are descendants of ‘Native Irish Gaels' who were... More

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Irish Origenes Presentation at Genetic Genealogy Ireland

On Saturday 19th of October I gave a presentation at the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013 event at the RDS in Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Origenes Flesh and Blood Presentation Slides

It was a pleasure to present at the Biotechnology Irelands ‘Flesh and Blood, Genetics meets Genealogy’ networking event in Dublin.

Henrys in Ireland; Irish, Norman, English, or Scots? Let the Y-DNA decide!

Firstly I’d like to thank Mr Henry for allowing me to share his Y-DNA Case Study Report. This study is interesting for a number of reasons.

Pinpointing A Genetic Homeland!

In 2010 I discovered that the surnames of the people with who I shared a common male ancestor as revealed by a Y-DNA were all associated with County Laois in Ireland and that my paternal 'Bowes' ancestors originate there, subsequent Y-DNA testing of people called Bowe(s) living in Laois confirmed my ancestral ties to that area. This was a surprise to me as I had always assumed that my ancestors (given my very English surname) were English. So began my research to demonstrate that Y-DNA testing could be used to pinpoint other people's paternal geographical origin.

Clan MacKenzies Norman-Irish Roots as Revealed by Commercial Ancestral DNA Testing

Every successful Irish, Scottish, or

Kelly Case Studies

Kelly is the second most common surname in Ireland. Yet the original Gaelic ‘meaning’ of Kelly remains a mystery.

OriGENES presentation for FTDNA at WDYTYA LIVE 2013

I was a guest speaker for Family Tree DNA at the 2013 Who Do You Think You Are LIVE event in London.

Success with ANCESTRY.COM Y-DNA results!

This has come as a big surprise to me as I was not confident in ever being able to Pinpoint a paternal origin within Ireland, Scotland, England, or Wales based on the results of Ancest

New Kelly Case Study added to the Irish Origenes Website

The surname Kelly is the second most common surname found in Ireland.

Irish Origenes Presentation at Family Tree DNA Conference

I was invited by the world's largest commercial ancestral DNA testing Company 'Family Tree DNA' to give a talk entitled 'Pinpointing a Geographical Origin' at their


English Origenes

Scottish Origenes