Here in Ireland, we’re often equally impressed by and sceptical of the millions worldwide who claim Irish heritage on March 17. But then, if Barack Obama can find that he has Irish ancestors, perhaps anyone can. It was the team at Irish Family History Centre (IFHC), located within the EPIC museum in Dublin, that traced the former American president’s family back to Co Offaly. The centre helps budding genealogists to trace their family history through records and historical documents. It also offers DNA testing, using Family Tree DNA kits, to offer greater insight into people’s origins. “DNA testing is extremely popular in the States and the UK at the moment, and it’s becoming more popular in Ireland,” says IFHC head Fiona O’Mahony. “We have a lot of people coming in who will visit EPIC and it will inspire them to think about their own heritage.” The DNA for the tests is gathered by rubbing cotton swabs on the inside of the subject’s cheeks to collect cells. The sample is then placed into a sealed vial and posted to the US for screening. An autosomal test looks at both maternal and paternal lines, while the mitochondria...