Thursday 4 April 2019

BTOP and Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2019 confirmed
This year's Back to our Past (BTOP) exhibition and Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) conference will be held once again at Dublin's RDS venue in Ballsbridge but will run over only two days rather than the three of previous years. The confirmed dates are Friday 18 October and Saturday 19 October.

Another change will see the BTOP exhibition area in Hall 1 (Main Hall) for the first time.

DNA specialist Maurice Gleeson, the organiser of GGI, has advised Irish Genealogy News that the DNA lectures will take place in the Merrion Room, which has a similar capacity (c100) to the room where GGI has been held previously, and has a built-in screen. It is directly above the main entrance and is accessed via a staircase from the floor of the Main Hall.

GGI is sponsered by Family Tree DNA who will have a stand near this staircase so that delegates will pass by on their way to and from lectures.

"The exhibition and conference will run from 10am to 5:30pm on both days, allowing a maximum of seven lectures per day starting at 10:30am," says Maurice. "I hope to have the draft final schedule in the next month or two but so far the international speakers include the following: Lara Cassidy, Mags Gaulden, Regina Negrycz, Michelle Patient, David Pike and Rob Warthen.

"We will probably have the ISOGG* Day Out on Sunday 20 October and then most people will make their way home on Monday. Rootstech will be on in London the following weekend (Friday to Monday, 25-27 October) so some people will be going on to that."

Maurice will be updating the GGI blog in due course. In the meantime, check out the free video library of lectures from past GGI conferences here.

*International Society of Genetic Genealogy