Using DNA To Identify Irish Ancestral Locations

Michelle Leonard
Mar 6, 2024
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Speaker's Introduction
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The Birthplace Location Problem
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Traditional Evidence
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DNA Strategy Plan
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Traditional Research
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Other Mysteries
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About this webinar

For many of us who have Irish ancestry, the major question is ‘but where in Ireland?’ Like millions of other descendants of Irish emigrants, Michelle Leonard has Irish ancestors who left Ireland in the 1840s-60s and on nearly all documents she can find for them their birthplaces were given simply as ‘Ireland’. In many cases traditional research is not able to narrow down exactly where in Ireland our ancestors lived and trying to trace them across the seas is often a ‘needle in a haystack’ endeavour. In this personal case study, Michelle will outline how she managed to identify exact locations in Ireland for her Irish lines using the power of DNA testing and will provide strategies and top tips that could help you do the same.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work part
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  1. HS
    Helen Schenkelaars
    2 months ago

    Michelle was brilliant as always! I’ve used this strategy on one Irish line without being totally sure about the validity of my approach, so great to know I was on the right lines. Sadly haven’t yet been able to find the records I need though to really make my body of evidence sufficient.

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    Merilee Mulvey
    3 months ago

    Excellent content and presentation. Thank You!

  3. KL
    Kathy Lay
    3 months ago

    I loved your presentation. It was informative and fun.

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    Xana Miller
    3 months ago

    Thank you

  5. DB
    Diane Burkeen
    3 months ago

    Packed with information. Definitely a watch again webinar with many offshoots to explore. Excellent syllabus.

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    Maria Capaldi
    3 months ago

    I love case studies and love hearing Michelle especially when it comes to finding locations of Irish ancestors!

  7. KJ
    Kathi Jacobs
    3 months ago

    Fantastic!! I’ve attended webinars about using DNA before however no one provided such a clear, step-by-step roadmap for using DNA matches to zero in on my Irish ancestors. I can’t wait to apply the steps provided to my research.

  8. JM
    Jeff Moore
    3 months ago

    Today’s webinar is the first I’ve attended. It was awesome! Michelle’s presentation was relatable even though I am a novice with DNA research. I am considering becoming a member on the strength of just this first experience. Thank you for providing such useful content!


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