Clan DNA – Introduction

An introduction, by Jane OLaughlin, Minnesota, USA

I would like to begin an ongoing discussion about Ó Lochlainn genealogy and DNA. I am an experienced genealogist, but an amateur with DNA testing.

I did my grad school minor in Plant Breeding and Genetics, so I have some genetics knowledge, although the last 30 years since then, that field has changed quite a lot. There is a bit of a learning curve with this DNA story.

WHY DNA? – Some Background

A genealogy friend by the name of Mahony had her family DNA testing done years ago for the O’Mahony clan DNA project. The clan organization had enough O’Mahony descendants tested, they were able to identify distinct geographic areas for different O’Mahony lines.

I thought it would be nice to have similar information for the Ó Lochlainn lines but the early tests were very expensive and there wasn’t an Ó Lochlainn group. That has changed now as the genome sequencing technology has gradually improved and also cheaper and there is competition, so the basic test costs are dropping below $100.00; $59.00 was available for recent holiday sales. Now is a good time for DNA.

National DNA Day was Celebrated on April 25 2017: A unique day when students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics! National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human-Genome project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA’s double-helix in 1953.

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About edwardologhlen

Provide periodic newsletters for the international Clan, Muintir Uí Lochlainn and have a particular interest in ensuring our various members have an opportunity to record their emigration-stories, through the printed word.
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