Genetic ancestry testing – the hype and the reality

Debbie Kennett

Tuesday, May 8 2018 at 7:30PM

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Debbie Kennett

What's the talk about?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing went mainstream in 2017 and more than 16 million people around the world have now tested. Marketing campaigns encourage people to test to learn if they are a Viking or a Celt or to discover what percentages of their DNA come from different parts of the world.

But can a DNA test really tell you where you are from? Is your DNA your destiny? Debbie Kennett cuts through the hype and tells you what you can and can’t learn from a DNA test.

Debbie Kennett is a genealogist who has been using genetic testing as part of her research since 2007. She is now internationally recognised as an expert on genetic genealogy. She has lectured on the subject throughout Britain and Ireland and has also been an invited speaker at genealogy conferences in North America and Portugal. In 2013 she was appointed as an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. Debbie writes about DNA testing for all the UK family history magazines and is the author of two books, DNA and Social Networking and The Surnames Handbook.


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