The Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Viking conquerors of the territory and the native Merovingian culture formed from Salian Franks and Roman Gauls. Their distinct identity emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century and gradually evolved over succeeding centuries. William of Normandy invaded England from France in 1066. On December 25th, he was crowned William I, King of England, and over the next 20 years consolidated his power and forever altered the face of England. The connection between certain English families and the Normans will be explored. A short film will be shown that traces the history of the Normans and William the Conqueror. We will also discuss which families show the Y-DNA markers that are most identified with this civilization.