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HOW DO I USE DNA IN FAMILY HISTORY?


Curious about DNA? Thinking of Testing?

There are a number of sources of information about DNA testing on the web, including Facebook and YouTube. Major testing companies such as FamilyTree DNA, Ancestry DNA and 23andMe etc have useful resources, including webinars.

The SAG has an Introduction to DNA Testing Webinar available for purchase through the SAG online shop, which will introduce you to using DNA testing as a tool in your research. Learn the basics required to get started: the types of tests, who to test, where to test, how to test, how much it costs, what you get and practical applications.

The Federation of Family History Societies in the UK has released a paper to help family historians understand more about DNA testing. While Australian laws may operate differently it contains some worthwhile advice and is included here courtesy of the Federation.   

Tested and want to know what to do next?

To be effective in DNA research you firstly need to be familiar with the evaluation tools provided by your testing company, and secondly be aware of some of the key concepts that underpin the analysis process. Testing companies such as Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA, 23andMe, My Heritage etc all provide a range of educational items to assist with their product and all new users should gain familiarity with the relevant testing company's site.

The SAG also has the following webinars available for purchase in the shop which are considered the base skills needed for those wishing to undertake DNA research:

  • DNA Research, Key Concepts. This webinar aims to summarise some of the underlying key concepts that DNA researchers need to understand to be effective.

In addition to webinars, the SAG hosts lectures and hands on computer workshops focussed on practical applications using DNA sites and third party tools. Please check the Events Calendar for details of upcoming activities.

Want to dig deeper into your DNA results, expand your tree or break down a brick wall?

The SAG has three DNA Research Groups which you can attend to learn more about DNA.

Here is a list of upcoming DNA sessions 

Upcoming events

    • 1 Feb 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 24
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    Tools in Practice

    This session will explore how the DNA Painter tool ‘What Are The Odds’ (WATO) can help you solve genealogical puzzles. There will be time allocated for questions and discussion.

    Skill level: Intermediate     Presenter: Christine Woodlands   

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    • 1 Feb 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 29
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    How do you organise your DNA information? What records do you keep and why? What tools do you use? How have your DNA outcomes been improved by using this method? This session is a facilitated discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of the various tools and techniques. It requires pre-work by participants that will be distributed before the meeting.

    Skill level: Advanced     Presenter: Mel Hulbert    

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    • 20 Mar 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 2/379 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 12
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    This hands on computer session is ONLY for people who are already working with AncestryDNA test results and want to learn more about using that website for analysing their results. Limit 14


    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: Veronica Williams

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    • 26 Mar 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 39
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    Kaye Vernon is a consultant who uses DNA research to supplement traditional family history research. Join Kaye as she presents some case studies which demonstrate the potential of DNA and the approaches which you could apply to your own research.

    Skill level: All     Presenter: Kaye Vernon

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    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 38
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    Learn the basic DNA concepts and the first steps of interpreting your DNA test results. This session covers all of the popular DNA testing companies. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Barbara McAlary    

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    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 37
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    This session is primarily for people who are already working with Family Tree DNA test results and want to learn more about using that website for analysing their results. However people who have not yet tested may also find it useful to decide whether to test with FTDNA.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: Kerry Farmer

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