Courses


NIFHS DNA Summer School 2021

Monday 6th – Friday 10th September

Update: Saturday 11th September

Our 2021 DNA Summer School was fully booked.
124 Participants booked with 50% taking the full set of 10 Classes.
Our thanks go to everyone who joined in on Zoom.
We hope you all enjoyed the Classes during the special week.

The Classes

This September sees the return of our very popular DNA Summer School, a bit later this year due to circumstances. This time it is being held via Zoom which will give people an opportunity to attend irrespective of where they live.
Classes will last for around 90 minutes – usually a one-hour talk followed by questions and answers. The focus of this summer school is to enhance knowledge of DNA research and to make the whole subject more understandable. All four types of DNA will be covered (X, Y, Mitochondrial and Autosomal) and classes will provide practical advice to enable concepts to be understood and new skills to be learned. There will be a focus on making progress on DNA research within Ireland. However these classes are suitable for anyone irrespective of where their family originated.
The classes are £10 each. However if you wish to attend all 10 classes a discount is available and the booking can be made at a cost of £80.  This special rate is offered while places are available across the whole set of ten classes.
Many of you know how informative and friendly the DNA classes have been in the past making them very popular. As there is a limit on the number of places available we advise you to book yours as soon as possible.

Bookings

Click/Tap the Pay Now button associated with a Class to make a booking through PayPal.  After you pay you will receive a payment receipt from PayPal.

This will be followed by an email acknowledgement from the Society (normally within 24 hours) to confirm receipt of your booking and give you the Zoom Meeting Link for the class. This is sent to the email address used for the PayPal payment.  If it seems that the link email arrival is overdue please check that the correct mailbox is being accessed and then check your Spam/Junk folders in case it has been received there instead of in your Inbox.

Please do not share the link with anyone else. Admittance to the class from the Zoom Waiting Room will only be allowed to people who have paid to attend the class.

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Cancellations

A refund of the fee paid for a class booking will be made where cancellation of the booking is received at least seven days before the scheduled class start date. If a booking is cancelled at shorter notice we are unable to offer a refund of the fee. We may however be able to change your booking to a different class.
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Queries

Any queries relating to your Summer School Class bookings and related matters should be emailed to Martin McDowell (Education Officer) at Education.Zoom@nifhs.org.  Please include the Class Code at the start of the Subject line.

All TEN Zoom classes at the special discounted rate of £80!

(subject to availability)

  1. The Advantages of Y-DNA
  2. The Advantages of MT-DNA
  3. The Leeds Method
  4. Using X Matches in your DNA Research
  5. The DNA Family Matching Tool
  6. Achieving Success with DNA
  7. Stories from Ballycarry and Islandmagee DNA Projects
  8. Using the Chromosome Browser effectively
  9. Ethnicity Estimates
  10. Using DNA Painter

Monday 6 September 2021 @ 3.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

The Advantages of Y-DNA

An online Zoom class with Martin McDowell

Y-DNA is a very powerful tool that can be used to break through a brickwall. This class will cover the different levels of testing available and will explain how to interpret and work with your Y-DNA results.

Monday 6 September 2021 @ 7.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

The Advantages of mtDNA

An online Zoom class with Martin McDowell
Mitochondrial DNA is the least used DNA test within Northern Ireland however it can give you useful information about your family lines going back many hundreds – and even thousands – of years. This course will explain how it works and how it can be used to further your family research.

Tuesday 7 September 2021 @ 3.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

The Leeds Method

An online Zoom class with Anne Johnston
Just starting out on your DNA journey? Faced with a list of cousin matches with surnames that you don’t recognise? This session will introduce you to a simple methodology which helps you to organise your DNA match list and tries to make sense of your matches.

Tuesday 7 September 2021 @ 7.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

Using X Matches in your DNA Research

An online Zoom class with Anton Rea
We all have DNA matches on our X chromosome. We can access these from our standard (autosomal) DNA tests. Find out how! We can learn different things from brothers’ and sisters’ and cousins’ X-matches. X matches can skip generations. X matches can narrow the focus to specific families. We’ll be discussing what X matches are and how to use them.

Wednesday 8 September 2021 @ 3.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

The DNA Family Matching Tool

An online Zoom class with Martin McDowell
Using the maternal and paternal tabs on Family Tree DNA is an excellent way to make progress with your DNA matches. This session will cover how the integration of your family tree and your matches page can unveil new information that can lead you to confirm your relationship to a new match.

Wednesday 8 September 2021 @ 7.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

Achieving Success with DNA

An online Zoom class with Anne Johnston

How can DNA testing help with your family history research? This session will look at how you can maximise success when analysing your DNA results and help you to fulfil your genealogical goals.

Thursday 9 September 2021 @ 3.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

Stories from Ballycarry and Islandmagee DNA projects

An online Zoom class with Anne Johnston and Martin McDowell

The Ballycarry DNA and its new sister project based in the parish of Islandmagee has already confirmed many links between our volunteer testers and between our testers and others around the world. We’ll be discussing some of the things we have found and explaining how we can all make similar finds in our own DNA research.

Thursday 9 September 2021 @ 7.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1) 

Using the Chromosome Browser Effectively

An online Zoom class with Martin McDowell

To avoid any doubt, proving DNA matches conclusively requires the use of a chromosome browser. This talk will explain the basic concept of what this tool can do and how to use it simply and effectively.

Friday 10 September 2021 @ 3.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

Ethnicity Estimates

An online Zoom class with Anne Johnston
This session will explain how ethnicity percentages are calculated and how they can be useful in analysing your DNA cousin matches.

Friday 10 September 2021 @ 7.00pm UK time (= GMT/UTC +1)

Using DNA Painter

An online Zoom class with Jonny Perl
Chromosome painting is a relatively new, yet powerful, tool available through DNA Painter which can be used to identify which segments of DNA you get from which ancestor. In this class you will also learn how to amalgamate your matches list from FTDNA and My Heritage and organise them by segment.

Any queries relating to DNA Summer School Class bookings should be emailed to Martin McDowell (Education Officer) at Education.Zoom@nifhs.org.
Please include the Class Code at the start of the Subject line.