Learn how to further your research through the power of DNA.
FAMILY HISTORY DOWN UNDER | TRACK 1
But there's a problem...
How do you understand it? Where do you start? Which test?
What do the results mean? How confident can you be that the results are accurate? What do ethnicity reports mean?
Can you use it to find unknown parents? Can you find parents of adoptees? Are there tools to help me find more matches?
You will find presentations that answer these and many other questions you have.
Well, that depends on what you’re after.
You will get a solid introduction and a clear understanding of DNA testing and its usefulness in your research.
Learn what you can reasonably expect from DNA, how to interpret your test results, and what tools are available to help you understand DNA results.
Gain a deeper understanding of how you can use the full potential of DNA as an effective research tool.
Get more out of your DNA test results and apply those insights to help you solve your family mysteries. Importantly, you’ll learn the finer details of what DNA can and can’t do for you, and the places where it can be used most effectively.
Aside from that, you'll pick up plenty of great tips and tricks PLUS the opportunity to find mutual connections with other researchers!
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Meet the DNA Experts
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!
Chromosome mapping is a technique that allows you to map segments of your DNA to the specific ancestors you inherited them from. This webinar introduces what it is and how you can do it, along with a summary of what it can and cannot help you achieve. Some examples using the DNA Painter website are included alongside suggestions for other tools and software that might help you with your DNA research goals.
In this talk, go beyond the basics of DNA testing and which test does what. We’ll look at pre-testing questions such as the differences between testing companies, privacy concerns, and what happens to your sample once your test is complete. We’ll also look at post-testing questions such as why you may not match someone you think you should, why you don’t recognize the name of people you do match, and the truth about “ethnicity” estimates. Sponsored by Family Tree DNA.
DNA testing is an essential tool for the family historian and has the potential to provide answers which can’t be found from the paper trail alone. Nearly 40 million people around the world have now taken a DNA test and the large databases are helping to reunite long lost cousins and break down long-standing brick walls. In this talk we will look at the three different types of DNA test and how they can be used to help with your family history research. The talk will be illustrated with real-life case studies showing the practical application of DNA for genealogical research.
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.
DNA testing costs money and needs living people (currently). These two factors mean that working with a plan is necessary to do effective testing, even on lines on which you are currently not working. It also increases organisation of DNA information.
This presentation shows you how to get more out of testing your DNA, by analysing and organising your DNA matches with the goal of discovering which ancestors passed particular DNA to you. The techniques include clustering and grouping as well as integrating information from the different types of DNA. The presentation will also update you on some new tools available.
There are now many different tools available at the DNA Painter website. In this presentation, the site’s creator will demonstrate how these tools can be applied practically to several different aspects of genealogy. You will then be in a better position to determine which approaches will assist most effectively when tackling your own research questions.
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
What exactly is a DNA test for ancestry? What do you get with a MyHeritage DNA test? DNA testing provides greater context to your family history research as it reveals your ethnic origins and allows you to understand where your ancestors came from. You’ll also discover your DNA Matches — people who share your DNA and are likely your relatives.
Family historians have long known the power of genetic genealogy, but it was the arrest of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in April 2018 which brought our hobby to the world’s attention. Since then genetic genealogy has been used to solve over 200 cold cases in the US, bringing closure to victims and making a society a safer place. But it has sparked a fierce debate about whether the end justifies the means with concerns raised about privacy and informed consent. Is this the start of the slippery slope and where do we draw the line? In this session we will look at the developments over the last two years, provide an overview of the major players in the market and discuss some of the latest research findings.
The case study describes a way of trying to use DNA research in order to identify the biological father of an ancestor that was born out of wedlock in 1861 in a Pomeranian village. Despite the absence of reliable vital records, DNA match lists are used to explore genetic networks which in combination with traditional genealogical research can supply valuable clues to answer the question "whodunnit“ – who might have been the father of a child that was born about 160 years ago, even if this person‘s name was never recorded.
Many people know that Y-DNA follows the paternal line, but that’s about as far as they get. This talk looks at Y-DNA from the entry level Y-37 test to the comprehensive Big Y test. We’ll look at what results you should expect and help you determine which level is best for you and your research needs. Sponsored by Family Tree DNA.
Imogen will be discussing the practicalities of land granting in the early years of an Australian colony. She will explain how people got land and the differences between grants made to convict and free settlers. This talk will share tips about finding and using historic maps, and equip you to interpret maps that add to your own research. Sponsored by the University of Tasmania.
A plethora of information and data is available for you at the Queensland Family History Society’s website. Step through and glimpse the world from it’s website!. Sponsored by Queensland Family History Society.
From the 300-page Addresses to Sir George Grey, to the Pioneer Women's Honour Roll, the Old Colonists Association Register to the C. Little & Sons Funeral Director cards, Auckland Libraries continues to digitise all manner of items for Aucklanders to enjoy. Join family history librarian Seonaid Lewis on a tour of these treasures and learn about the stories behind them, the information held in them, and how you can access them on Kura Heritage Collections Online. Sponsored by Auckland Libraries.
”Breaking down brick walls in your family history research” looks at how to resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using new and unique search strategies to find those missing relatives. Techniques covered include searching for a family using just the individuals' forenames, keyword search tools (using criteria other than a name to search on) and other advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets such as Tithe records, Occupational Records, Non-Conformist records, Will images, Parish Records, Military Records, Directories, Newspapers and more. This talk is suitable for all levels, for those with an interest in online research Sponsored by TheGenealogist.
A look at what is available at home and at Family History Centre/Affiliate Library. Millions of names and records to extend and verify your research – or take you further. From countries around the world digitized images and indexes are available. Help is available and easily accessible for most countries. Original records covering many topics that can be researched by name, place and time. Sponsored by Family History Connections.
This presentation will include where to find passenger lists - but what about those ancestors/relatives who do not appear on a passenger list; how do you find out when they arrived in New Zealand? We will discuss some of the records available which may help ascertain approximately when and where your ancestor/relative arrived so that you can at least estimate the arrival. Some of the methods used to find arrivals in New Zealand may also apply to other countries too. Sponsored by Auckland Libraries
Doug Elms, VICGUM President, will review the types of records and information which can be obtained during family history research. He has also included an introduction to using a genealogy program – Family Tree Maker. As one of the main reasons for using a computer program is to generate family stories his presentation illustrates how to: commence a tree, add data to the tree and also to produce charts, reports and books. Sponsored by VicGUM.
Mark demonstrates the map record collections and tools that are available for researching your British roots. The talk features Tithes, The 1910 Land Survey, Surname Maps and an innovative tool to view these maps in relation to modern-day maps - MapExplorer.. Sponsored by TheGenealogist
MyHeritage is a genealogy platform established in 2003. With millions of records available to search and download, some unique to this site. The Library Edition allows access to search names, families and records of various events. With partnerships with many well-known sources of information and research this is definitely a valuable tool for researchers. Sponsored by Family History Connections.
This talk follows the history of the East India Company, the records they created, where these are found and how to access them using examples found during the speaker’s own research.
People from all around the world left their homes in search of a better life. Apart from those who came direct, many arrived In New Zealand having tried out Canada, the US, South Africa or Australia first. Let’s take a tour through New Zealand’s resources online available to help you find that lost Kiwi connection. Sponsored by Auckland Libraries.
Findmypast is one of the UK’s largest family history websites and has the fastest growing collection of Scottish records online. With many more on the way, join resident genealogist Myko Clelland as we explore some of the key collections and expert techniques to get you further, faster. Skill level - all levels Sponsored by Findmypast.
The Victorian era is one of huge change in British society. Mass migration, the creation of new record types, and new technologies, all transformed our ancestors lives. This presentation will explore the records created during this period and how to get the best out of these on our genealogy journey. Skill level - all levels. Sponsored by Findmypast.
An overview of the online Diploma of Family History at the University of Tasmania – covering the course structure, what you’ll learn, and how we teach online. Sponsored by the University of Tasmania.
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