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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 two DNA Research Groups which you can attend to learn more about DNA.

Here is a list of upcoming DNA sessions 

Upcoming events

    • 5 Aug 2021
    • 4 Aug 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ongoing forum for SAG members who have attended the Analysing Your AncestryDNA Course.

    A series of meetings have been planned for participants of the Summer 2021 program who are interested in continuing to work with each other on developing their skill in "starting to solve their DNA dilemmas".

    FOCUS OF SESSIONS: Changes to the AncestryDNA platform and participants sharing case studies with and without brick walls!

    DURATION: 1.5 hours on Zoom on the first Thursday of alternative months starting on 5 August 2021 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

    COST: You need to be a current SAG member to be part of the group. The annual cost (on top of SAG membership) is $60 and this covers the 6 sessions.

    PARTICIPANTS: Open to anyone who have attended the “Analysing your AncestryDNA” program and is a current member of the SAG.

    Group Leader: Christine Woodlands

    • 21 May 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 288
    Register

    Topic: Gedmatch including Case Studies that illustrate tool being used

    This session will include presentations and discussions about Gedmatch including:

    1. Introduction to Gedmatch
    2. One to Many DNA Comparison
    3. One to One Autosomal DNA Compariso
    4. Clusters
    5. Admixture
    6. Tier 1 Tools
    SAG is home to a vibrant community of researchers who are using DNA analysis to further their family history research. If you have test results to work with, understand the basics of genetic genealogy and now want to learn how to use various websites and tools to take things to the next level come along to the DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice to see what can be achieved.

    This meeting will include a presentation and plenty of time for Q&A and group discussion.

    This is an online session. It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.

    Skill level: Intermediate  Convenor: Melanie Dunstan   

     

    • 21 May 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 297
    Register

    Discussion Topic: Distant Matches are they good or evil?

    Come along and participate in a discussion about the advantages and/or disadvantages of distant matches. Some links and focus questions will be sent out in advance to help attendees prepare for this meeting.

    SAG is home to a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable genetic genealogists. The DNA Research Group is a forum for those who are highly experienced in using DNA research techniques  and would like to explore this exciting aspect of genealogy further with a group of likeminded people.

    Please note: The topics and tools discussed at this group are pitched at an advanced level and the Research Discussion Group meetings are not recommended for those just beginning their DNA journey.

    This is an online session. It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.

    Skill level: Advanced    Convenor: Melanie Dunstan

    • 24 May 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Your place
    • 7
    Register

    Christine will share her "Top 10" techniques for working with AncestryDNA. This session is ideal for those who are taking a first look at their AncestryDNA test or thinking about testing at AncestryDNA.

    Demonstrations and case studies will be featured in the session. There'll be plenty of time for questions. Reference material will be available after the session.

    This session is limited to 25 participants.

    This session will conducted on through Zoom and will not be recorded. Participants should be available at the advertised time.


    Skill level: Beginner

    Presenter: Christine Woodlands 

    • 31 May 2022
    • 29 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Your place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ongoing forum for SAG members who have attended the Analysing Your AncestryDNA Course.

    A series of meetings have been planned for participants of the 2022 program who are interested in continuing to work with each other on developing their skill in "starting to solve their DNA dilemmas".

    FOCUS OF SESSIONS: Changes to the AncestryDNA platform and participants sharing case studies with and without brick walls!

    DURATION: 1.5 hours on Zoom on the following Tuesday's 31 May, 2 August, 4 October and 29 November.

    COST: You need to be a current SAG member to be part of the group. The cost for the remainder of 2022 (on top of SAG membership) is $40 and this covers  4 sessions.

    PARTICIPANTS: Open to anyone who have attended the “Analysing your AncestryDNA” program and is a current member of the SAG.

    Group Leader: Christine Woodlands

    • 25 Jun 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 498
    Register

    Receiving your test results is an exciting time but it can quickly become confusing. This session will look at the different types of tests available, which one is right for you and which companies do these tests. We will look at some basics to help you understand and interpret your matches and there will be plenty of time for questions so you can start finding those new cousins!

    This is an online session using the ZOOM platform.

    It will NOT be recorded due to privacy reasons, so you should only book if you can attend live.


    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Melissa Hulbert    

    Note: Members need to be logged in to the site to make an event booking.

Past events

9 Apr 2022 WEBINAR: First Look at AncestryDNA
19 Feb 2022 GROUP: DNA Research Discussion Group
19 Feb 2022 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
29 Jan 2022 WEBINAR: First Look at AncestryDNA
13 Jan 2022 Analysing Your Ancestry DNA Results
8 Jan 2022 WEBINAR: Beginners Introduction to DNA
7 Dec 2021 WEBINAR: First Look at AncestryDNA
27 Nov 2021 GROUP: DNA Groups wine, cheese and planning event
24 Nov 2021 WEBINAR: Analysing your DNA results using Chromosome Analysis - Module 4
23 Oct 2021 WEBINAR: Beginners Introduction to DNA
20 Oct 2021 WEBINAR: Analysing your DNA results using Chromosome Analysis - Module 3
13 Oct 2021 Webinar: Exploring your DNA results at MyHeritage
12 Oct 2021 WEBINAR: First Look at AncestryDNA
22 Sep 2021 WEBINAR: Analysing your DNA results using Chromosome Analysis - Module 2
8 Sep 2021 Webinar: GEDmatch Basics
30 Aug 2021 Let's Talk About...Archives
25 Aug 2021 WEBINAR: Analysing your DNA results using Chromosome Analysis - Module 1
25 Aug 2021 WEBINAR: Analysing your DNA results using Chromosome Analysis - FULL SERIES
21 Aug 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
21 Aug 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
26 Jul 2021 Let's Talk About...DNA
10 Jul 2021 WEBINAR: Beginners Introduction to DNA
15 May 2021 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
12 May 2021 Analysing Your Ancestry DNA Results
24 Apr 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
24 Apr 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
20 Feb 2021 WEBINAR: Writing an article for a family history magazine (ST)
9 Feb 2021 WEBINAR: Borland Genetics - Tools and Workflows
6 Feb 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group
6 Feb 2021 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
20 Jan 2021 Analysing Your Ancestry DNA Results
16 Jan 2021 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
28 Nov 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group
28 Nov 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Tools in Practice
10 Nov 2020 WEBINAR: Using Genetic Affairs to cluster your DNA Matches (ST)
16 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: GEDmatch course - Part 3
10 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
2 Oct 2020 WEBINAR: GEDmatch course - Part 2
26 Sep 2020 Building research trees at Ancestry
18 Sep 2020 WEBINAR: GEDmatch course - Part 1
28 Aug 2020 COURSE: DNA Painter Tools Course
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
22 Aug 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
11 Aug 2020 WEBINAR: Introduction to DNA reconstruction (concepts & tools)
25 Jul 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
19 Jun 2020 HANDS ON: Family Tree DNA
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in Practice
16 May 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate, Tools in practice
4 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Working with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA)
4 Apr 2020 LECTURE: Working with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA)
4 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: DNA Research Group - Beginners
26 Mar 2020 LECTURE: DNA case studies
20 Mar 2020 HANDS ON COMPUTERS: Ancestry DNA PM SESSION
20 Mar 2020 WEBINAR: Ancestry DNA
20 Mar 2020 HANDS ON COMPUTERS: Ancestry DNA
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Advanced
1 Feb 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Intermediate
11 Jan 2020 LECTURE: Working with Ancestry DNA
11 Jan 2020 GROUP: DNA Research Group - Beginners

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