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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

Irish Origenes exhibits at ESOF2012

I recently exhibited the Irish, Scottish, and English Origenes websites at the ESOF 2012 confe

Using DNA to Pinpoint Your Irish Genetic Homeland

To explain how DNA can shed light on one’s Irish ancestry requires a brief reminder of a crucial biological event. This event is the moment of conception, the point at which we receive half of our DNA in the form of chromosomes from each parent.

Criteria for the Surnames of Ireland database

In the course of this website I have had some emails from those involved in surname groups questioning the accuracy of some maps. I have used 2 sources in making these maps: (1) 1911 census of Ireland (2) MacLysaghts book: 'The Surnames of Ireland.' As a scientist I am trained to look for, or spot paterns emerging in the results. With surnames that pattern can reflect ethnicity. For example Irish Surnames (lets say those of Gaelic Irish origin) typically begin with O' or Mac, people with these 'Irish Surnames' are also typically over 90% Catholic in 1911.

The Genetic Homeland featured on Irish American News

The Internet never stops surprising me! Within minutes of releasing an email notifying some papers, journals, websites of the freely accessible databases on the Irish Origenes website, a picture of me and my boys appears on the Irish American News webpage, that was quick, the article can be read here.

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English Origenes

Scottish Origenes