Reconstructing West Clare Family Histories using DNA




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Published on Dec 5, 2016

Lecture given by Paddy Waldron to Kilrush & District Historical Society in the Teach Ceoil in Kilrush on Tuesday 29 November 2016.

In recent years, it has become possible and affordable to use DNA comparisons to break down brick walls in ancestral research. This talk will begin by briefly outlining the different inheritance paths of different components of DNA. Y-DNA, for example, can shed light on the origins of Clare surnames, while comparing autosomal DNA has helped members of the Irish diaspora from Sandy Hook to California to New Zealand to identify the precise townlands in West Clare from which their mystery ancestors emigrated.

Paddy Waldron wears many hats, including being PRO of KDHS and Ireland Reaching Out volunteer Parish Administrator for Moyarta civil parish, where his paternal grandmother was born in 1884. He has long been an avid genealogist, compiling West Clare family histories from an early age, and has been involved in genetic genealogy since 2013. He is also co-administrator of the Clare Roots project at FamilyTreeDNA.com.

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For more on KDHS, visit http://kdhs.ie/


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