DNA and family history explored in public lecture

The Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society will host a lecture on the relationship between surnames and the paternally-inherited Y chromosome from Professor Mark Jobling on Monday 6 March.

Professor Jobling (pictured), from the University’s Department of Genetics, will describe how different Y chromosome types and surnames are related, and how this relationship can be used in historical studies in his lecture, entitled ‘Sex, Surnames and the History of Britain’.

Professor Jobling said: “In my talk I will also reflect on the recent explosion of interest among the general public in the use of DNA analysis to aid family history research.”

Professor Jobling will also be a speaker at ‘Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2017’ at the NEC Birmingham on Friday 7 April 2017.

The world’s largest family history show, which is based on the popular BBC One programme, will run from 6 – 8 April.

The lecture will take place at New Walk Museum on Monday 6 March between 7.30 and 8.30 pm. All are welcome to attend, tickets cost £3 and no booking is required.