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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. If you would prefer a live event where you can interact with the presenter and ask questions we also run a quarterly online session called Beginners Introduction to DNA where attendees can learn all about the different types of tests, which companies sell them and what to consider before testing.

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 hosts lectures and group meetings 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

    • 1 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    Register

    This is an expression of interest only to assist us to gauge the level of demand for this course. We will contact you with an option to register once dates have been confirmed.

    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 15 part 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, demonstrations, case studies and discussion groups.

    The first session is optional and is explained in the course outline, together with further details of the dates of each session and the description of the four modules. You can download the 2022 course outline by clicking here. This outline is indicative of what is included in the course and how the course is structured.

    The course will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

    This course will NOT be recorded.

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


    • 1 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    Register

    This is an expression of interest only to assist us to gauge the level of demand for this course. We will contact you with an option to register once dates have been confirmed.

    Are you ready to take your DNA results to the next level using chromosome analysis? Do you have your DNA data at a site with a chromosome browser and want to understand how to work with your results?

    Join Veronica Williams and other SAG DNA Discussion Group members for a 10 part course designed to build on your existing knowledge of working with your DNA and develop your skills in chromosome analysis.

    The series is not suitable for beginners, it suits intermediate DNA researchers interested in learning more complex DNA techniques.

    The course will be made up of four modules, supplemented with six workshops that will include case studies and opportunities for discussion. Whilst foundation concepts will be discussed in Module 1, later sessions will assume knowledge of those DNA concepts and tools.

    Sessions will likely be scheduled for Saturdays, over a three-four month period. A ‘draft’ 2023 course outline will be posted here soon.

    Pre-requisites for participants:

    • *Ability to work with spreadsheets, including basic formatting and data manipulation;
    • Competence in basic DNA analysis techniques as outlined in the section Starting to work with your DNA results - the basics
    • Have been working with their DNA results for over 12 months
    • Priority will be given to those who have completed the SAG AncestryDNA Course

    The course will be presented online using the Zoom platform.

    This course will NOT be recorded.


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