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

Here is a list of upcoming DNA sessions 

Upcoming events

    • 20 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 6 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 17 sessions
    • Your Place!
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Need help with starting to solve your DNA dilemma's? Have you tested with Ancestry DNA and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Christine Woodlands and other members of the SAG DNA Discussion Group for a 16 week course designed to assist you to understand the information you can glean from your Ancestry DNA matches.

    The course will be made up of four modules and consist of a mixture of presentations, live demonstrations, case studies and discussion groups.

    The course will be presented online using the GoToMeeting platform.

    Further details of the four modules can be found here https://tinyurl.com/Ancestry-DNA-Course-Overview

    You must have access to results from an Ancestry DNA test to undertake this course.


    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 127
    Register

    Working with Chromosome Data (Group Members)

    Why is it important to analyse chromosome data when undertaking DNA Research? What is triangulation? Each of the testing sites have different tools that you can use, some better than others. Hear from our experienced members about how the respective tools on each site can help you. This session is not focussed on whether to test at these companies, but rather tips and techniques for using the site after you have tested. We will look at My Heritage, FTDNA, 23andMe, GEDmatch including shared clustering.

    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     

     

    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 139
    Register

    Using Borland Genetics - Chair: Kerry Farmer

    Borland Genetics is a unique autosomal DNA database where users create public DNA profiles for their deceased ancestors, using the tools and methods provided on the site. Have you used these tools? How have your DNA outcomes been improved by using them? Our discussion group provides an opportunity to share your discoveries and also learn from others. This session is a facilitated discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of the various Borland Genetics tools and techniques. It requires pre-work by participants that will be distributed before the meeting.

    NOTE: A webinar presented by Kevin Borland is planned for 9th February. It is recommended that you also attend/watch the recording of this session as it will be discussed on the day. If you have missed the session please contact the Course Bookings Officer to purchase a link to the recording.

    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: Veronica Williams

    • 12 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 19 Aug 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 16 sessions
    • Your Place!
    • 0
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    Need help with starting to solve your DNA dilemma's? Have you tested with Ancestry DNA and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Christine Woodlands and other members of the SAG DNA Discussion Group for a 16 week course designed to assist you to understand the information you can glean from your Ancestry DNA matches.

    The course will be made up of four modules and consist of a mixture of presentations, live demonstrations, case studies and discussion groups.

    The course will be presented online using the GoToMeeting platform.

    Further details of the four modules can be found here by clicking here

    You must have access to results from an Ancestry DNA test to undertake this course.


    • 15 May 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 497
    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.

    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Your place
    • 499
    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

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
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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