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Surnames, DNA, and One-name Studies


Surnames provide a fascinating insight into the past, and each surname has its own story to tell. In this talk you will get hints and tips on using techniques such as surname mapping to pinpoint the possible geographical origin of the name and learn how DNA testing can help your surname research.  

The whole-surname approach can sometimes provide breakthroughs that would not be possible by restricting your research to your own family tree. A one-name study provides a unique opportunity for a family historian to become the worldwide expert on his or her chosen surname. 


About the speaker:  Debbie Kennett is an internationally recognised expert on genetic genealogy. She is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London.   

She is the author of two books, DNA and Social Networking and The Surnames Handbook. Debbie writes about DNA testing for all the UK family history magazines and writes the popular blog Cruwys News.   

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