Consulting

I am retained as a consultant by the world's leading genealogical DNA test company and by several family history projects.


Family Tree DNA

On behalf of FTDNA I lecture around the UK and write articles in British family history magazines explaining how their tests work, as well as advising them how to develop the UK market.

The Dalton Genealogical Society

The DGS's Dalton International DNA Project has been running since 2003 and is one of the most developed single-surname Y-chromosome projects in the world. My roles are:
1. to interpret the results and define the 'genetic families' revealed by them
2. to advise the Society on its next steps, and
3. to update an annual report on the project which is sent to all participants.
The project's website can be viewed here.
You can view an online talk I gave in 2011 from Yorkshire to their Gathering in Salt Lake City here.

The American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association (APHGA)

The APHGA has set up a DNA project to genetically verify the Pomeroy lines descending from the sons of Eltweed Pomeroy, who emigrated from Dorset to Massachusetts in the early 1630s. A three-volume history of his family written almost a century ago is being updated and checked by a research team based in Syracuse, NY, and will be republished in due course after all the documentary and genetic evidence has been collated.

The Saddleworth Historical Society's Saddleworth Surnames DNA Project

Just being launched in 2012, this multi-surname DNA project will, I hope, become a template for similar projects that could be run by county family history societies or local history societies across the UK. The project has secured some public funding and aims to be completed by the end of 2013.