Using DNA for family research

Using DNA for Family Research By Ann Marie Coghlan AGI Affiliate ISOGG Ireland

Talk given at the #GGI17 DNA Conference Dublin on 20th October 2017

Me and my DNA

• 85% of my family research completed with traditional research

• DNA goal was to test maternal female line – a brick wall. In February 2013 at ‘WDYTYA Live’ was advised to try the new ‘familyfinder’ for more results.

• Few known matches so decided to find a method of contacting other researchers. In July 2013 set
up ‘Cork-Ireland’ Project and the DNA Corcaigh group on facebook.
• Joined ISOGG. Attended #GGI13 Dublin.

• Local contact (South East Ireland) for FTDNA kits and testing
• 2016 Took on the McGrath Clan Project for Ceann Fine, and The Gathering DNA event
• 2016 Admin for Nagle Surname Project
• #GGI16 Presentation on DNA and Family History Societies.

• atDNA & mtDNA tested with FTDNA , ANCESTRY , Living DNA. Kit In Gedmatch.

Some Benefits of DNA Research
Knowledge and Skills

 Confirms my family research

 Finds the gaps in my Tree

 Helps me with ‘brick wall’
ancestry

 Ability to research when there is
little or no documentation

 Finding descendants of
emigrants ancestors

• Researching female lines
Introduces me to new researchers

I use new data sets in other
countries

I learn new research skills e.g.
Triangulation

 Focussed research builds my
skillset.

Do I need a Family Tree ?

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Tests 1. Paternal Descent DNA Y-DNA

What does it do ?

• Tests the Father to Son inheritance on Y Chromosome
• Places you on the ‘Adam’
Family Tree
• Men only
What does it cost and where can I get it?

• Between $169 and $359
• Further testing has
separate unit costs

• Family Tree DNA
• Old database is held by
Ancestry US
What can I do with the results?

• Follows your surname and/or male line
• Upload to Surname or
Clan database
• Fine tune your results.
Join your Haplogroup and specialist Projects
• Chart your male line back
to Ancient History.
• Upload to Ysearch.org via
FTDNA

Tests 2. Autosomal DNA atDNA

What does it do ?

• Potential results on all ancestral lines to
7th generation.
What does it cost and
where can I get it?

• Between 60e – 130e depending on provider

• FTDNA Familyfinder,
Ancestry, 2,3&Me.
What can I do with
the results?

• Single matching , group matching

• Triangulation and
other tools available
• Upload raw data to other providers for more matches

with Female descent X-DNA

What does it do ?

• Gives results on the X Chromosome descent.
• Blended inheritance
– Men have
mother’s X, Women
have XX from both parents.
What does it cost and
where can I get it?

• Free!
• FTDNA and Ancestry atDNA results and when you upload to Gedmatch.com
What can I do with
the results?

• Determine X inheritance on special tree format.
• Use to confirm unknown atDNA matches and family lines.

Tests 3. Maternal Descent mtDNA
Mitochondrial DNA

What does it do ?

• Tests the direct inheritance from the Mother’s Mothers Line.
• Places you on the Migration Family Tree (Daughters of Eve)

• For Men and Women.
What does it cost and
where can I get it?

• Between $79 and $199

• Family Tree DNA
What can I do with the
results?

• Community Research and
Cluster group research
• Join your Haplogroup
Project
• Plot your family migration back to Ancient History
• Upload to Mitosearch.org via FTDNA

Identity and Privacy

NPE and genetic inheritance

Active participation

Stamina and Patience

Relying on others research

Cost

Set Research Goals and choose the kit for best fit.

Formulate research questions to use the kit’s database as a Research
Repository.

Review the current Family Tree especially post 1850. Find the gaps.

Ask around, find out who else has tested.

Family Testing
• To establish or confirm a family line or family of origin, use your tree to
locate living descendants of the line for testing.
• Use the results to find mutual matches in your database for more
information.

Community

• To build up a genetic profile of a group, surname or location. Formulate the research parameters and locate testees who fit them.
• The Ideal Candidate has a comprehensive tree with a confirmed location.
• ‘Sticky Kits’

Be Strategic , clarify research goals.
Review the current version of the Tree and locate gaps.
Decide what personal information to attach to the kit.
Make a list of questions for your goals.

Make contact with relevant networks and consider setting up your own.
Treat the results as a repository not an information source.
Contact matches and answer their messages too.

Keep an open mind!

Thank you for listening and Good Luck !

• ISOGG

• Genetic Genealogy Ireland blog

• Genetic Genealogy Ireland on
YouTube

• Family Tree DNA and Projects

• Clans of Ireland
• Cork-Ireland Duo Geographical project and Skibbgirl Cork DNA
Communities

• Facebook’s Cork DNA Groups

• McGrath Clan project

• Guild of One Name Studies
• Nagle Surname Project

McGrath DNA Project
EMAIL: info@mcgrathclan.org

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Hotel for 2019

Due to the demand on hotel rooms in Dungarvan, as it’s one of Ireland’s most popular destinations, we have already booked a number of rooms in the Park Hotel, which is our base for the gathering. We are awaiting a price and will post as soon as we get it.
There are several B&B’s and self catering holiday homes also around the town.
There’s also The Gold Coast hotel but you’ll need transport and Lawlors hotel.
We have looked for both twin rooms and doubles.
Please drop an email to; info@mcgrathclan.org
if you might be interested in a room. This is not a commitment to staying but we’ll be able to get an idea if we need to book extra rooms, while they are available.

Update of the Journey of the 2019 Flag

The flag for the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering is making it’s way around the world. It has been to several parts of America already. This journey is helping spread the news of our festivial of McGrath heritage and history.

It will be in Canada for their 150 celebrations on July 1st when James McGrath will host it on this special day in Canadian history.

Applications from Australia, New Zealand and South Africia to host the 2019 McGrath flag, open on July 1st. Just send an email to info@mcgrathclan.org

There is only two years to our next official International McGrath Clan Gathering. Plans are already in place for the event. In January, we will be starting to organize deals with the various hotels, holiday homes and guest houses.

Link to official Gathering Facebook

Link to McGrath Genealogy Facebook

Email: info@mcgrathclan.org

Why not register and be put on our mailing list, just send an email to the email address above.

The Black Sheep -Tom McGrath

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The Black Sheep, a book co written by Tom McGrath about his life.
(Available to purchase on Amazon)

In 1977, Tom McGrath crossed the United States in the record time of 53 days and seven minutes. Few would have guessed that he was a bar owner or that he would fight harder to stay sober than he ever did to keep running. With countless charity runs organized all over the world and his 10th bar still up and running in New York City, the question still remains, “Who is Tom McGrath?”

“A compelling tale of an authentic man. Tom McGrath has lived a life with two great themes, one as a fearless ultramarathon runner, the other a harrowing descent into alcoholism. His is a story of rare heroic athletic achievement and personal survival. I could not put it down.
– David Blaikie Ultra marathon World

“A monument whose inscription offers truth to all who visit: the drinker; the smoker; the athlete; the Christian; the philosopher.”
– Jesse Riley Trans-Am Race Director 92-96

2019 McGrath Flag on World Tour

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McGrath Flag -SM 1N5A0350The official flag for the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering will start it’s tour of the world next week. It will be flown in cities and towns, festivals and heritage centers over the next two years, ahead of the next International McGrath Clan Gathering in 2019.
Due to the success of last year’s Clan Gathering which attracted McGraths from nine countries, Dungarvan received the vote to host the next McGrath Gathering. The organizers were quick to point out, that the hospitality and co-operation of many of the business community played a major role in it’s success.
This year, the flag will be flown in the USA and Canada. Host cities include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington for the 4th July, Toronto for Canada Day and St Johns(Newfoundland). It will be going from coast to coast in North America between now and the end of this year.

Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Chathaoirleach of the Dungarvan-Lismore Municipal District offered the McGrath Clan his best wishes on their latest venture as it begins its world tour with the official flag. “The McGrath Clan Gathering has been a tremendous initiative and has been instrumental in bringing visitors from all the over the world to Dungarvan and I wish it every continued success”.

The journey commences in California, when Mary McGrath who visited Dungarvan  during last year’s Clan Gathering, will be the first host of the flag on it’s inaugural journey.

The ‘Journey of the Flag’ has caught the imagination of McGraths around the world. It gives the McGrath diaspora an opportunity to be part of a great event.
Dan McGrath, Ceann Fine Clann Mhic Craith, was “delighted that the Flag of the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering will be flown in various locations around the world over the next two years, ahead of the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering in Dungarvan. I’m delighted that I will be present in California, as it starts it’s journey, during the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. Plans are well underway for 2019, which has been extended to five days. We look forward to welcoming members of the McGrath Clan, their extended families and friends to Dungarvan.”
The Chairman of Clans of Ireland, Gearoid O’Ceallaigh, also wished the flag well on it’s journey. “On behalf of Clans of Ireland, I would like to wish the flag and  emblem of the Mac Grath Clan“Slán go foil”, as it embarks on its journey around the World”.
Due to the success of the International McGrath Clan Gathering, the 2019 festival of McGrath heritage an history, has been extended to five days.mcgrath clan 20170224_095443

Mary McGrath, who will be the flag’s first host and Dan McGrath, Clan Chieftain.

Top Photo: Launch of  ‘The Journey of the Flag’ for the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering by Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Mayor of the Dungarvan – Lismore Municipal District, also included are Local organizing Committee Members, Martina McGrath, Martina McKeon and Dan McGrath, Clan Chieftain, and Rick McGrath, Canada.