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 Genie1.com.au 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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