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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently restructuring this event and website as a virtual event. Stay tuned, we'll have more information for you within a few days!

COVID-19 Update

In the wake of Covid-19 difficulties in hosting a live event, we are currently restructuring FHDU 2021 for a virtual event.

Sadly, the ongoing COVID-19 saga has caught up with FHDU 2021. We have reluctantly decided to change our in-person event into a fully virtual online event instead. We were all looking forward to a real, live, in-person event. Unfortunately, that is not to be.

But this gives us the opportunity to significantly re-format FHDU 2021. We are looking at this as a positive opportunity. We can now bring a significantly more valuable event to people around the globe.

Louise Coakley


Helping people use and interpret DNA results is Louise’s specialty. Her background in business and data science has proved invaluable working with DNA data and genetic genealogy. Louise consults, presents, educates and blogs on genetic genealogy, leads the Australia/NZ DNA Facebook group, and manages several DNA groups and DNA projects.

Louise started her career working with big business data and now works with DNA data and family trees to solve complex genealogical relationship puzzles.

Louise started family history research 23 years ago and started using DNA as a research tool in 2011. She established one of the first DNA Interest Groups in Australia, and she created and leads the popular Facebook group Using DNA for Genealogy – Australia & NZ. Her website contains DNA resources to guide beginners, she regularly presents on genetic genealogy, and manages or co-administers several other DNA groups and projects. Louise was a DNA speaker at the DNA Down Under roadshow in 2019.

Louise offers online DNA consultations at to guide and coach clients to explore, interpret and apply their DNA results to their unique family situations. She specialises in the identification of close biological relatives.

Louise is a member of several local family history groups, as well as the Society of Australian Genealogists (she holds a SAG Certificate in Genealogical Research), the International Society of Genetic Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and the Virtual Genealogical Assocation.

Louise is from Melbourne, and has been living in Cairns for 15 years. Her background is in business systems and data science, and her professional qualifications include a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Business (Data Processing) (Bbus) and she is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).


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Great great DNA: extracting DNA from family artefacts
Louise Coakley

Genealogists recognise the power of testing older generations but often regret not having DNA from their deceased ancestors. DNA can be extracted from objects such as envelope and aerogramme seals, stamps, photo corners, and more. Resulting raw data files are compatible with GEDmatch. Learn what you can test, at which companies, how much it costs, the limitations and risks involved, and important ethical and privacy considerations

Beyond the test: DNA tips, tools, trees & transfers
Louise Coakley

Getting your DNA test results is just the start! Learn what else you can do with your DNA results and DNA data. An overview of options and opportunities – many of which are free!

DNA: adoption & unknown parentage
Louise Coakley

DNA testing is often used by adoptees – or anyone with unknown parentage for any reason – to identify close biological relatives such as parents and siblings. Learn how to get set-up and started with your genetic genealogy search and improve your chances of a successful outcome.

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