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May 292016

DNA Seminar

National Star College, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9QU

09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 13th August 2016

We return to Cheltenham for a long overdue DNA seminar, starting with a headline talk on Richard III by Dr Turi King of the University of Leicester.  We will then offer two parallel streams with sessions aimed at different levels of experience: Starting Out/Basics (B) and Intermediate/Advanced (A), and concluding with an Advanced/Expert (E) session.  All sessions will be led by leading DNA experts from within and without the Guild.  The day will conclude with a Wrap Up Session/Q+A panel with many of the day’s speakers and other experts.


09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – Alan Moorhouse
10:10 – 11:10 Richard III: The Resolution of a 500 Year Old Cold Case – Dr Turi King (University of Leicester)
11:10 – 11:20 Comfort Break
11:20 – 12:20 B1 – DNA Basics for Beginners – Geoff Swinfield
  A1 – Promoting Your Y Project – Debbie Kennett
12:20 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30 B2 – Starting Your Y DNA Project – John Cleary
  A2 – Understanding Y DNA Results and Grouping People – Maurice Gleeson
14:30 – 15:00 Tea Break
15:00 – 16:00 B3/A3 – Using Autosomal DNA – Barbara Griffiths
  E1 – Advanced Y DNA Testing – James Irvine
16:00 – 16:10 Comfort Break
16:10 – 16:45 Wrap Up Session/Q+A – (Panel)
16:45 Close of Seminar


Applications to attend are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists, and members of the general public having an interest in the subject matter.

Seminar cost including refreshments and buffet lunch is £20.00.

We would like to ensure that any disabled delegate can participate fully in this event; National Star College is a fully accessible venue.

If you will be travelling by train please contact us for help finding a lift from Cheltenham or Gloucester station.

Anyone with any special requirements should telephone the Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182 or email

An accommodation listing is available here.

Joining instructions are now available here.


To book on this seminar, you can use our our online form¹ in any of three ways:

  • Book online and pay online via PayPal or credit card;
  • For Guild members, book online and pay by direct bank transfer through your bank, quoting the reference number on the form (this is the method which represents the least cost to the Guild);
  • Fill in the booking form online, then print it and send it through the post with your cheque.

Alternatively, you can download our booking form flyer, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted, with a cheque to:
Alan Moorhouse, [Seminar Bookings], 8 Strachans Close, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL5 3EB.

Bookings close on 31st July 2016. All bookings will be confirmed by email, with full joining instructions, on or shortly after this date.

Further information may be obtained by telephoning the Guild HelpDesk on 0800 011 2182, or by email from

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