Research your ancestry at Mary Immaculate College event

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Dr Cathy Swift of Mary Immaculate College
GLOBAL Limerick, the Irish Ancestry Research Centre and Limerick Museum are coming together to offer Limerick people the chance to research the genetic and historical ancestry of their family surname.

GLOBAL Limerick, the Irish Ancestry Research Centre and Limerick Museum are coming together to offer Limerick people the chance to research the genetic and historical ancestry of their family surname.

Entitled Global Limerick DNA, a research project undertaken by Dr Cathy Swift of Mary Immaculate College, the aim is to bring together the historical and genealogical research already collated by the many Limerick experts in these areas, with the latest discoveries in Y-chromosome DNA in order to research the history of Limerick families and communities both here and abroad.

Did you know that Whites and Brownes are two of the oldest surnames in Ireland? That O’Connells were leaders in west Limerick before the Vikings founded the city? Or that Sextons and Arthurs claim to be related to Brian Boru?

Now the latest techniques in DNA analysis can help investigate family ancestry in detail and find out not just about those relatives who share our surname but also the lost stories of relatives whose surnames have fallen off the family tree.

To learn more during Heritage Week, the event will be held this Thursday, August 27, in the TARA building at Mary Immaculate College, from 7.30pm.

There is no charge. For more details, email catherine.swift@mic.ul.ie.