Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak, MSc (Edin), BA (Ebor)
I have been interested in genealogy for over 13 years and I did my first DNA test already as a teenager. I currently work as a PhD candidate at the Univerisity of Edinburgh (Usher Institute) researching genetic epidemiology of food preferences. I had previously obtained a Master of Science degree in Human Complex Trait Genetics also at the University of Edinburgh. In 2015 I created the first Polish blog devoted to genetic genealogy (genealogiagenetyczna.com) and have since spoken about genetic genealogy at regional, national and international conferences. I am an alumnus of the University of York where I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics and received the York Award in the recognition of my extracurricular activities.
Some of the genealogical projects I have been involved in are Poznan Project and BaSIA in which I indexed over 15 000 Latin and German records from the 19th century, mostly from the region of Greater Poland (Wielkopolska). My articles devoted to genetic genealogy are published regularly at “More Maiorum“, the largest online genealogy journal in Poland. I am also a co-founder of the research project “Silesia (Śląsk)” whose mission is improving our understanding of the rich genetic heritage of Silesians and their descendants. I started the “Piast Dynasty” project which studies the genetic roots of the Piast descendants. I am a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.
A small part of my own genealogy is available publicly at the website Potomkowie Drwęskich (in Polish). I would like to encourage all relatives from this line, particularly those potentially interested in DNA testing, to contact me.
It is my hope that thanks to the ever growing interest in genetic genealogy, DNA testing will open doors to new discoveries and unlock many surprising facts from our ancestors’ past.