Monday, 4 September 2017

Donna Rutherford - Speaker Profile


Title of Talk - Game of Genes: DNA of characters from Game of Thrones

Background - I'm a New Zealander with English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Many of my family were New Zealand pioneers.

Member - ISOGG, GOONS, NZSoG

Day Job - I work in the Technology Industry as a Global Business Operations Manager, currently working mostly in the Cloud Technology space. I'm professionally an Accountant, but worked mostly in IT Management during my career.

Night Job - Running our DNA facebook group, writing blogs, and chasing down those DNA matches. I co-admin the Rutherford Project and have a Rutherford one-name study. I manage DNA kits for several friends and family.

How did you get into genealogy?

As a teenager I loved the stories from my great aunt about her early life in New Zealand and why our family had left England. Many family members passed down handwritten genealogies and family bibles that were invaluable in starting my own research. In the 90s I wrote my own family tree database and whilst it wasn't a particularly good bit of software, by today's standards, it did the job and got me more interested in the technology side of genealogy.

What about your involvement with genetic genealogy?

At the beginning of 2015 I decided to take an Ancestry DNA test. Once I got the results I spent all my spare time immersing myself in YouTube videos, blogs and facebook groups learning about DNA for Genealogy. It basically changed my life, as I then set about testing on other sites and testing all my family. Since then I've become co-owner and admin of a DNA facebook group where I've been helping people with questions about their own results. Last year I became co-admin in a Y DNA project (the Rutherford project). I now manage Big Y tests, MtDNA and many many autosomal kits. I specialise in trying to make the complex side of DNA testing easy to understand for people who are new to genetic genealogy.

So what will you be talking about?

The genetics of the Game of Thrones characters. This will be a unique presentation that delves into the DNA results of characters from the Game of Thrones TV show. Although the characters are fictitious, details about their DNA can be applied to our research and understanding of our own genetics. What could we find out if we distributed DNA kits across Westeros, the Iron Islands, Essos and even beyond the Wall.

What DNA tests will be discussed?

The talk will cover aspects of Autosomal DNA results, X-DNA, understanding chromosomes, the future of genetics and a whole lot of fun. Ever wonder how many “White Walker” variants may be in your DNA?

Where can people get more information about you or your topic?

My Blog:   http://donnarutherford.com/
My Facebook DNA group:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/AncestryUKDNA/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Previous talks by Donna at Genetic Genealogy Ireland
GGI2017Autosomal DNA testing for beginners. Understanding DNA results can be confusing and complex. If people can learn how to read and understand their results, they will get the maximum use of their investment in a DNA test. My talk will breakdown what a DNA test is, how it works, and how to interpret the results. This will be an easy to understand overview that beginners can feel comfortable attending without any previous experience with DNA. Experienced users most welcome, and hopefully they may pick up some tips and tricks too.




These lectures are sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised by ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy).






1 comment:

  1. Just to say that I really enjoyed your Game of Thrones lecture. Gave me a better insight into how DNA knowledge is applied, as well as being a bit lighthearted. Thanks

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