Thursday, 28 August 2008

Genetic Genealogy Conference in November

Many Ulster families, both in Ireland and the Diaspora, are turning to Y chromosome DNA testing to recover family history. It is very effective, my own family located our Irish cousins in 2003 through DNA testing. The notice below is for the November conference for administrators of DNA projects. There are now a host of Ulster family DNA projects and then there is also the Ulster Heritage DNA Project which is open to all people of Ulster ancestry.
The UHDP uses the Family Tree DNA labs. The host web site for the Ulster Heritage DNA Project is:


Family Tree DNA, the world leader in genetic genealogy, will host its 5th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Group Administrators on November 8-9, 2008 at the Sheraton North Houston in Houston, Texas.

Each year, world renowned experts in genetics and science present cutting-edge developments and exciting new applications at this two-day educational forum which draws attendees from Family Tree DNA’s Group Administrators in North America and throughout the

Among the speakers at the upcoming conference will be members of Family Tree DNA’s own highly respected scientific advisory board, as well as representatives from NationalGeographic’s landmark Genographic Project.

Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes that had previously been available only
for academic and scientific research. Almost a decade later, the Houston-based company continues to establish standards and create new milestones in the increasingly popular and rapidly growing field of genetic genealogy.

Today – with more than 200,000 individual records – Family Tree DNA claims the largest DNA database in genetic genealogy, a number that makes it the prime source for anyone researching recent and distant family ties. Additionally, Family Tree DNA’s database encompasses over 76,000 unique surnames and close to 5,000 surname projects in addition
to lineage and geographic projects.

In 2005, Family Tree DNA was selected by National Geographic and IBM as the designated DNA testing company for their Genographic Project, a history-making study of the migrations of mankind. To date, the company has processed more than 200,000 Genographic Project
DNA test kits, and, last year, Family Tree DNA’s own laboratory –the Genomics Research Centre—participated in the Genographic Project’s first published paper.

Offering the most popular and wide-ranging DNA-testing service in the field of genetic genealogy, Family Tree DNA prides itself on its commitment to the practice of solid, ethical science. Since its beginnings, the company has associated itself with leading researchers
and scientists in the field, many of whom will be speaking at the November Conference. Among these prominent names are Dr. Michael Hammer, Dr. Doron Behar, and Thomas

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Online registration is available at
For more registration information, please contact:
Leah Wark — tel: 713-868-1438; e-mail:
Media contact for Family Tree DNA: Sharon Weisz, W3 Public Relations—tel: 323-934-2700
For media information on The Genographic Project, please contact: Lucie McNeil at National Geographic—tel:
202-857-5841 e-mail: or Michael Loughran at IBM—tel: 914-499-6446 e-mail:

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