Sunday, 23 February 2014

DNA talk at the Braid in Ballymena

Through the British Genes Facebook page I've just been asked by Alan Rosborough to mention a forthcoming talk hosted by the Ballymena branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society on Wednesday 30th April 2014 @ 7:15 pm, to be held in the Braid, Ballymena (

Dr Maurice Gleeson will give a talk on How DNA can help you research your North of Ireland family tree. Tickets cost £5 available from the Braid or from a committee member.

Some additonal blurb:

The Renowned DNA expert, Dr Maurice J Gleeson from London will be the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Ballymena Branch on Wednesday 30th April 2014. The Branch has hired the main Theatre for the event as there is considerable interest in DNA testing and how to learn more about your ancestry. He makes this complex subject easy to understand. Dr Gleeson is a qualified doctor, born in Dublin and worked for some time in the Lagan Valley Hospital in the late 80's before moving to London. He is a psychiatrist, pharmaceutical physician and part-time actor. He left medical practice to pursue his acting career and has been successful in films and voice overs. He has never given a talk in N. Ireland but has given several in Dublin. When researching our Family Tree in Ireland it is often difficult beyond 1800 because of the lack of records. However with DNA testing it will be possible to get beyond that ‘Brick Wall’ and verify existing research, discover living relatives and confirm or deny connections between families.

(With thanks to Alan)


My latest genealogy books are Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. My next Pharos course is Scottish Research Online, which commences Feb 27th 2014, 5 weeks, price £45.99.

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