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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.

DNA Genetic Research

Learn how to further your research through the power of DNA.


But there's a problem...

DNA Research is extremely complex!

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.

What do I get out of the event?

Well, that depends on what you’re after.

If you're starting out in DNA research...

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.

If you're more advanced...

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!

So, what's actually included in the DNA Genetic Research track?

Great question. To be specific:

  • All up, get 25 presentations - to watch and re-watch at your convenience so you get more from each talk (until 31 July 2021)
  • Access to the Q&A DNA Research Hub - a private Facebook group to share your thoughts, connect with others exploring DNA Research, comment on the presentations, and ask questions
  • Entry into the prize draw - be in the draw for $1000s of prizes
  • Exhibition & special offers - researching isn't cheap. Our sponsors are here to help you save on your research costs!

Want to learn more? Keep scrolling.

Who's presenting? Can I view the program?

Of course! Click here to see the full list of DNA presenters.

Here's a link to view the DNA Genetic Research program.

I'm Interested. How do I book?

It's simple, just click the Book Now button below, and fill out the details requested.

We look forward to having you along for the ride!

DNA research can break down many brick walls.


Meet the DNA Experts

The DNA Program

DNA Genetic Research

Presentations from Tuesday, March 23
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!

Chromosome mapping
Jonny Perl

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.

How to do it, why to do it, and what you can and can’t accomplish with it
DNA FAQ: real frequently asked questions
Janine Cloud

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 and family history: advance your genealogical research
Debbie Kennett

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.

The practical applications of DNA testing for family history research illustrated with real-life case studies
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.

DNA: working with a plan
Helen Smith

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.

Deducing more from your DNA
Kerry Farmer

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.

Four ways DNA Painter can help with your family history research
Jonny Perl

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.

2021 update
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

MyHeritage DNA: taking advantage of MyHeritage DNA tools
Daniel Horowitz

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.

Solving cold cases with genetic genealogy
Debbie Kennett

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.

Can we, could we, should we? Everything you want to know about law enforcement usage of genetic genealogy databases
Who dunnit: a case study in German paternity research
Professor Robert Heimann

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.

Y-DNA Testing from Y-37 to Big Y
Janine Cloud

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.

A little bit of earth: land grants in colonial Australia
Dr Imogen Wegman

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.

Sponsored by University of Tasmania
A window to the world: Queensland Family History Society
Alex Daw

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.

Auckland Libraries’ online
Seonaid Lewis

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
Mark Bayley

”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.

Exploring FamilySearch
Lesle Berry

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.

From there to here
Marie Hickey

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

A brief look at resources to find how your ancestor arrived in New Zealand
How genealogy software helps bring your family tree to life
Doug Elms

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.

Mapping your ancestors
Mark Bayley

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 Library Edition
Lesle Berry

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.

Researching Ancestors in British India
Mary Anne Gourley

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.

Researching your New Zealand family connections online
Seonaid Lewis

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.

Scottish family history resources on Findmypast
Myko Clelland

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.

Tracing your Victorian British Ancestors
Myko Clelland

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.

UTAS Diploma of family history: putting your ancestors in context
Dr Kate Bagnall

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.

Access recordings until 31 July

According to learning experts, the first time you hear or watch something you only take in 20% of the information, at best! And we don't want you missing a beat!

So we're making sure that you have access to the recordings of every talk in the track(s) you book for. So don't stress—you can watch, review, and take in all the great content our experts are bringing you.

Take a deep dive into DNA Research

Shut the door, sit down, and don't forget the popcorn! Grab your notebook and relax in your own home while you enjoy up to 70 recorded webinars.

Each track has a focused theme from some of the best family history experts. The include DNA, Researching Abroad, Australia & New Zealand, and Methodology & General.

Learn at home in style

An innovative solution to help you interact with speakers and other family historians – four exclusive digital hubs (Facebook groups), one for each track theme.

Ask questions relating to the presentations and themes. Speakers and others with expertise are encouraged to participate.

Have your questions answered

Play and pause these presentations to your heart's content, so that you have time to implement all that you're learning.

Get immediate access to all recordings and review them at your convenience until 31 July 2021.

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Among the special offers from our exhibitors, there will be prizes drawn every two weeks. So buy now and don't miss out!

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DNA: Genetic Research

Learn the latest on DNA Research from experts around the world.

DNA: Genetic Research


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Learn from the experts about British Isle and European research

Researching Abroad


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Learn from experts about Australian and New Zealand research

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Learn from the experts about a wide range of general topics

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