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LECTURE: A DNA Mystery: Mitochondrial Haplogroup H5a5 in NL

May 21 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

A DNA Mystery: Mitochondrial Haplogroup H5a5 in NL

Presented by David Pike, Professor of Mathematics at Memorial University and Board Member of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

There have been a number of recent media reports about a “mystery line of DNA” that is found in roughly ten percent of Newfoundlanders. In this lecture, David Pike will discuss mitochondrial DNA (which is a valuable genealogical tool for researching matrilineal ancestry) with emphasis on mitochondrial haplogroup H5a5, its significance in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the mystery of its origin.

Doors open at 6:30pm.  Admission is complimentary.



David Pike is a professor of mathematics at Memorial University who has long had a keen personal interest in genealogy.  He has served as President of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and continues to sit on the society’s Board of Directors.  Since 2004 he has been actively engaged in genetic genealogy, and has since been a volunteer coordinator for a number of genealogical DNA projects.  Among them is the Newfoundland and Labrador mitochondrial DNA project, founded in 2006, which aims to use mitochondrial DNA to assist with genealogical research of matrilineal ancestors in Newfoundland and Labrador.




May 21
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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175 Signal Hill Road
St. John's, NL A1A 1B2 Canada
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