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

Importance of Australian Aboriginal mtDNA Research

Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien, right, appears in a 1938 photograph collected by anthropologists along with a lock of his hair. Today, 87-year-old O’Brien is a Karuna elder, and DNA from his hair has been used to track the migration of his ancestors across Australia. Photo: South Australian Museum

Another interesting report on the research being conducted by Ray Tobler and Alan Cooper at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA

Geneticists trace an Australian migration using Aboriginal artefacts

National Family History Month

Here are the details for DNA talks being given around Australia for National Family History Month


Family Jewels or Pandora’s Box? Discovering Family Through AncestryDNA
Presented by Ralph Sanderson
Aug 23, 2-3pm
National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes
More details from National Library of Australia


DNA Testing and Ancestry
Presented by Michelle Patient
120 Kent St, Sydney
Aug 31, 10.30am-12.30pm
More details from Society of Australian Genealogists


DNA Testing and Genealogy: The Basics
Presented by Ann Swain
Aug 11, 10-11:30am
58 Bellevue Ave, Gaythorne
More details from Queensland Family History Society

Introduction to DNA Testing
Presented by Louise Coakley
Aug 26, 10am-12pm
Followed by DNA Clinic 1pm-4pm
271 Gatton St, Westcourt
More details from Cairns & District Family History Society

Family History and DNA: Let’s Sit Down and Talk About the Basics
Presented by Cheryl Rickard
Aug 18 & 19, 9:30-11am
Fitzroy Room, Rockhampton Southside Library
Call 4936-8043 for details

DNA and Family History
Part of “Genealogy Sunshine Coast Discovery Weekend”
Aug 26 & 27, 10am-4pm
More details from Genealogy Sunshine Coast

Benefits of DNA
Part of the “Family Discovery Day” program
Aug 5, 10am-4pm
Latter Day Saints Chapel, 41 Stark Lane, Forest Glen, Sunshine Coast
Call 0407-146-754 for details


DNA in Family History
Part of the “Find Your Family with Genealogy SA” program
Aug 15, 10-11am
Noarlunga Library
Contact libraries@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

DNA??? Q&A
Presented by Richard Merry
Aug 19, 9am-4pm
Part of the “A Mixed Bag” program
Uniting Church Hall, Williams Rd, Christies Beach
More details from Fleurieu Family History


Introduction to using DNA for family history research
Presented by Ros Escott
Sept 2, 10-11:30am
Hobart Branch Library, 19 Cambridge Rd, Bellerive
More details from Tasmanian Family History Society

Ancient Family History – Human Evolution, Migration & DNA Testing
Presented by Susanna van Essen
Aug 22, 11am-12pm
State Library of Tasmania, 91 Murray St, Hobart
Contact: sandra.harris@edu.tas.gov.au

VICTORIA – where are you, Victoria? Any DNA events to advertise??


Introduction to DNA
Presented by Cate Pearce
Aug 8, 11:45am-12:30pm
Part of Grow Your Family Tree program at the State Library of WA
Bookings: nfhm@slwa.wa.gov.au
Brochure click here


Changes to AncestryDNA kit management

This is the link to the news about changes in the way AncestryDNA are managing their kits and how it affects those who manage more than one kit. Please read it carefully.

Enhancing Collaboration and Roles on DNA Results

Here are some observations made by Blaine T. Bettinger, on his Facebook page, about some of the misinformation being spread on various forums about the implications of these changes:

Whew, take a deep breath and don’t panic!! There is a LOT of misinformation out there right now! MOST comments I’ve read so far are incorrect because people haven’t thoroughly read the post and don’t understand the new Manager role. Messages will NOT go unanswered now, there will NOT be more paid subscriptions now, people will NOT stop testing now. One test per kit is NOT some weird new thing (FTDNA has always done it!). It’s mostly hype. If you feel strongly about this, PLEASE actually READ the post and checklist!!

**As long as a new kit makes you Manager, you will still be able to do everything you were able to do before (link to YOUR tree, download their data, and so on).**

**If you are a Manager, the kit’s messages are sent to YOUR account! Messaging won’t be any different, you won’t need to log into each account.**

AncestryDNA has announced that as of July 18th, there will be just one DNA kit activation per account (other than for minors). New kits will have to be associated with a new Ancestry account, which can be either a free or paid account. Existing accounts with multiple kits won’t be affected. There is now a new step during the activation process in which the activator can invite you as a manager (able to download raw data and send messages), which I hope will help the process.If you are a Manager, the kit’s messages are sent to your account.

It will be a challenge to ensure that people that I buy kits for and that create a new account give me Manager status, but it isn’t insurmountable and isn’t the end of the world.

[Please feel free to share this to combat all the misinformation out there!!]