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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 December 2019 



Part 1 of our meeting was our guest speaker - Neil Bradley - who gave a very interesting (and inspiring) talk on his Family History and genetic genealogy journey. 
We then had a Panel and General discussion about the recent DNA Downunder Conferences that were held in Perth and Sydney. Attendees from the 3 day conference in Sydney gave their views on what they had learnt and shared information on new and emerging software and genetic genealogy techniques. 
We held a Raffle with the prize being an autographed copy of Blaine T Bettinger's very recent edition of  "The Family Tree  Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy". 

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Next Meeting Dates;

28th March 2020

27th June 2020


View all meeting dates, and book your place FAMILY HISTORY WA Events



Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 15:32

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/

Blaine T Benninger  is very highly regarded in genetic genealogy and following his blog is recommended  The Genetic Genealogist -  http://thegeneticgenealogist.com/





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


Before You Buy - Check out these tips from ISOGG before you consider testing

Below are some of the more useful pages for starting your journey, and you can keep on learning up to expert level just within their extensive ISOGG Wiki pages. There are hundreds of links to other sites when you're ready to explore.

Beginners Guide - links to blogs and articles for newbies

Testing Comparison Chart - comprehensive chart showing all the main testing companies and comparing the costs involved, the size of their databases, what happens to your DNA sample, and a wealth of other information that will help you to make an informed choice

DNA relationship charts - showing how much DNA is shared between relatives, which is invaluable for working out relationships between test matches




Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 15:43


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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