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Think Global: one global family – lessons from genetic genealogy

Friday 22 October at 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Learn something new about our complex and wonderful world, with the Think Global series.


Students and staff will present a topic of cultural interest with a global theme ranging from societal changes and environmental risks, to international relations and scientific advances.

Brought to you as an interactive presentation, you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you may have at the end. Not only will you get to find out about globally relevant subjects, but you’ll get to meet new people and enjoy some refreshments after the talk.


Caroline Gurney is a PhD student in History at the University of Bristol. She is an experienced and academically qualified professional genealogist, with particular expertise in genetic genealogy. Having completed an MLitt in Family and Local History at the University of Dundee, Caroline is currently researching for a PhD on Bristol’s Jewish community in the 18th and 19th centuries. She’s particularly interested in the relationships within the human family revealed by DNA testing combined with historical research, including the forgotten ethnic origins of families and communities

Caroline’s talk will explore how genealogical research, mathematics, computer simulations, and the recent expl​osion in DNA testing, all point to the global interconnectedness of the human family. Our most recent common ancestor (MRCA) lived within the last few thousand years, and, ultimately, we all share the same set of ancestors. Discover how genetic genealogy, combined with historical research, is uncovering the forgotten ethnic origins of families and communities.

Register for Caroline’s chat here, or drop-in to join us

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The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

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Friday 22 October
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
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