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About the DNA SIG

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logo smlOur DNA group aims to help you understand the uses and benefits of DNA testing as it applies to your own family research and to support your research by sharing information and expertise about how to interpret your test results.

At our quarterly meetings we have a guest speaker who shares their own DNA success stories, focussing on how DNA has been useful in solving a particular family tree puzzle or helping to break down a brick wall. There will also be a technical presentation that explores some aspect of DNA testing and how to read and apply DNA results to your genealogy project, as well as exploring the many new tools for analysing DNA. The meetings provide a friendly and informal forum for asking questions about DNA and helping members to understand their own results and how to apply them to their own family tree research.

Through our group we also aim to become active members of the wider Australian and international genetic genealogy community for networking and exchanging ideas.

Anyone is welcome to come along to our meeting and join our mailing list; however, if you are a WAGS member, you can also access the "Members Only" section which will provide valuable resources such as how-to guides and videos of presentations. Further details are available by contacting the convenor at dna@wags.org.au

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 08:52

Meetings & contacts DNA

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logo smlDNA SIG Forum - All and any DNA questions are welcome in the Forum, which is open to everyone to read, but you need to be a WAGS member to comment and contribute.

We meet every three months, the first Saturday afternoon of March, June, September and December, at WAGS Unit 4/48 May Street, Bayswater.  

A $2 donation at the meeting helps to build up funds to purchase additional resources for the library. We hope to see you at one of our meetings soon.

Convenor:      Cate Pearce
Email:            SIGS Contacts - Convenors - DNA Interest Group


4th Mar 2pm

Topic: Is this a real match?

AGM: we will start the meeting with the annual general meeting. This will be followed by a presentation about how to tell if a match in your match list is a real genetic cousin or if it might just be a coincidental match. This is particularly important when the match shares only a small segment of DNA with you, which is more likely to suggest a common ancestor more than 4 generations back. So for those who are looking to extend their family tree this is an important issue. There will also be plenty of time to share a cuppa and chat, as well as ask any questions you might have.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:13

DNA Resources

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Resources for learning about DNA for genealogy


There are further resources in the Members Only Section, which provides detailed how-to instructions for getting started with your DNA results.

This video presentation by Debbie Kennett, a well-known English genetic genealogist, introduces you to the three main types of DNA tests. It is a great introduction to how DNA testing can be used in your family tree research.

DNA for Beginners: The Three Tests



For a clearly written and simple overview of the main topics in DNA, we highly recommend Australian genetic genealogist Louise Coakley  -  http://genie1.com.au/


There is a wealth of information available at the website of ISOGG, and membership is free.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 08:53


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