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About the DNA Group

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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 FHWA 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2019 11:49

Meetings & contacts DNA

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All and any DNA questions are welcome in the Forum, which is open to everyone to read, but you do need to be a FHWA member to comment and contribute.

We meet the 4th Saturday in March and June and the 1st Saturday in September and December each year 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:      Christine Cavanagh
Email:            SIGS Contacts - Convenors - DNA Interest Group



NEXT MEETING - You MUST book your place to attend.  No booking, no entry !


7th September 2019 



We had 3 speakers who presented their own case studies of how they have used DNA to tackle brickwalls in their family research.
Mike Murray - "DNA- hidden secrets part 2", gave an update to his previous presentation from last year of his research into his Isle of Lewis cousins.

* Evadne Spickett - Evadne spoke about how she has gone about "Finding Elspet"

* Geoff Barber - told us how he uses his DNA results to complement traditional research
Each presentation gave us useful information and techniques for helping with our own research and those brickwalls.

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Next Meeting Dates;

7th Dec 2019

28th March 2020

27th June 2020


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2019 11:58

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

The FHWA DNA Facebook page has updates and items of interest for FHWA / WAGS members and public visitors.


There is an excellent Facebook group, which you have to apply to join, called Using DNA in Genealogy and Family History Research: Australia & NZ. This group is friendly and has many interested and knowledgable members who will help you with your enquiries.

Link: DNA Australia & NZ


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 Wednesday, 03 July 2019 12:05


DNA SIG Information of Interest

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Convenor's Reports


 Convenor's Report AGM March 2019 

 Convenor's Report AGM March 2018

 pdfConvenor's Report AGM March 201720.46 KB

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2019 10:31

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