Irish DNA Atlas

The Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are looking for volunteers to contribute their DNA for analysis and study as part of this all-Ireland study of Irish DNA.

The aims of the Irish DNA Atlas Project are twofold: genetic genealogy and health research. It will further our knowledge of the population history of Ireland and its connection with other populations in Europe and also help us to understand how genes influence health in Ireland.

So far they have over one hundred participants but we need more. They have good coverage over the entire island of Ireland. They now need to complete the coverage and while they will accept participants with ancestry in any part of Ireland they are particularly interested in participants with ancestry in the Midlands North and East, Limerick-North Cork- Waterford, the West Coast and all Islands and North East coastal areas.

The participants that they are looking for can be either male or female. They should be able to complete a four generation pedigree chart showing their eight great-grandparents. Their eight great grandparents should have been born in the same area; within a distance of 30 kms of each other (this can be flexible).

For more information visit the website of the Genealogy Society of Ireland at or email Irish DNA Atlas at


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