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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 !


 28th March 2020 2 - 4pm

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Next Meeting Dates;

28th March 2020

27th June 2020

5th September 2020

5th December 2020

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

DNA Pop-up Shop

Our team of DNA specialists will be available for one-on-one consultations (25 minute maximum time slot) to help with any technical problems you have in accessing, understanding or using your DNA results.Bring a laptop and have all your logins and passwords with you so that you can take everything you find away with you.
Please arrive 10 minutes before your chosen time slot to ensure that we are able to run smoothly.
Stay tuned for future dates in  2020
DNA Painter Hands-on Workshop
Bring your own laptop (not tablet) and learn to interpret your DNA results using Chromosome Painting. This is not a beginners workshop. Experience in using DNA Painter is required.Requirements: you must have uploaded your DNA data to GEDmatch, MyHeritage or FamilyTree DNA; you must have painted some of your matches in DNA so that we can work on interpreting the findings.The number of attendees is strictly limited.
Please read the requirements before booking. This is not a beginner's workshop
Stay tuned for future dates in  2020

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 19:37

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 Wednesday, 08 January 2020 19:38


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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