DNA Workshop

DNA Workshop
Date: Sat 21st October, 2017
Time: 11:30am – 4pm
Presenter: Kerri Small, founder of the Australian DNA Hub
Purpose: to gain an understanding of resources available through DNA tests and family history research. This is for people who could not identify their parent/s family of origin through mainstream methods.
Offered: understanding of DNA testing, and Internet search skills explained. A printed workbook will be available as well. Wifi connections are also available, so bring your laptop if you have one.

More information:
DNA Workshop
DNA Workshop Flyer

Lynne Williamson lynne@lynnew.org or Kerri Small, ausdnahub@gmail.com

SAGHS DNA meeting

South Australian Genealogical and Heraldry Society
DNA Group Meeting
Topic: What do we really want from DNA testing?
Wed 18th Oct at 7:30pm
Society Library and Research Centre, 201 Unley Road, Unley

Message from DNA convenor Richard Merry:
The subject for the meeting on Wednesday is “What do we really want from DNA testing?”  I suspect what most of us would like is already possible, if we knew how to go about it or have the right testing done (with a significantly large bank account!).  A common complaint is about matches not answering requests to compare notes.  Bring your complaints and possible solutions along and we’ll see how we go.

Upcoming webinar at SAG

There an online webinar coming up at Society of Australian Genealogists:

Date: Thurs Oct 26th from 8pm to 9pm AEDT
Your place!
Presenter: David Nicholson, Living DNA (UK)
Bookings essential: $12 members only

Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the ultra-high definition methods that allow the team to not only pinpoint your ancestry into 21 regions of the UK but also discover how you can explore your ancestry at different points in history. Discover how each wave of migration has affected your ancestors and understand how this tool is proving incredibly useful for family history research. During the webinar David will also address the important issue of privacy and security of your genetic information.

For more details:
High definition ancestry DNA testing by Living DNA

Aboriginal Heritage Project

Prof Cooper and his team at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA have just published a new article in Nature about the Aboriginal Heritage Project which sheds light on the deep history of Aboriginal migration over 50,000 years ago.

Here are the links:
Nature article: Aboriginal mitogenomes reveal 50,000 years of regionalism in Australia
ABC Science News: DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

Here is a video about the Aboriginal Heritage Project from the Adelaide University

Ancestry.com new username feature

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-9-46-48-amAncestry have a new feature whereby when you Search > Member Directory and then go to that person’s page, it will show you if that person has taken a DNA test and whether or not they match you. For example, my uncle is a match to this person and when I searched their username I found that I was not a match, but I could still access their public tree and explore how this person connects to my own family. Which, by the way, was a great find going back to MRCA in mid-1700s. This was particularly satisfying because of the difficulty in finding common ancestors who are in America.