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GROUP: DNA Research Discussion Group

  • 20 Aug 2022
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • online via Zoom
  • 287

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Discussion Topic:

Catherine Theunissen will discuss her research paper "The effects of DNA test results on Biological and Family Identities" which can be read by clicking here. This will be followed by a discussion centred on the issues Catherine's research raises.

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests are increasingly being used for personal and genealogical purposes. This presentation delves into a study where 16 participants took DTC tests and found varying effects on their identities. Some had significant and life-changing effects, especially to their biological and family identities and overall feeling of belonging to their perceived social groups, whereas others had their identities solidified and reinforced. Further to this, the methodological approach, key findings, and potential implications will be discussed, with a focus on how DNA testing might impact future testers' perceptions of biological and family identities, especially with genealogical research

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.

About the presenter: Catherine A. Theunissen graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Master of Communication Studies (First Class Honours). She currently works in the film industry as a Production Coordinator and is passionate about telling people's stories. Initially, her research was inspired by a short documentary she made about a young man finding out more about his biological family overseas (and the impact this had on his identity and sense of self, along with how his adoptive family felt about him exploring his biological identity). Combined with her interest in history and genealogy, she decided to investigate the relationship between DNA testing and identity in relation to people and communication.

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: TBC

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