About our DNA Research Group
The SAG DNA Research Group was established in 2015 to assist Society members increase their knowledge of DNA research. Since that time it has covered a variety of topics that set the foundation skills for group members. The Society has developed a range of activities aimed at the wide spectrum of needs, from those just wanting to know what DNA is all about, to the advanced user.
Curious about DNA? Thinking of Testing?
There are a number of sources of information about DNA testing on the web, including Facebook and YouTube. Major testing companies such as FamilyTree DNA, Ancestry DNA and 23andMe etc have useful resources, including webinars.
The Society has an Introduction to DNA Testing Webinar available aimed to introduce you to using DNA testing as a tool in your research. Learn the basics required to get started: the types of tests, who to test, where to test, how to test, how much it costs, what you get and practical applications.
The Federation of Family History Societies in the UK has released a paper to help family historians understand more about DNA testing. While Australian laws may operate differently it contains some worthwhile advice and is included here courtesy of the Fed FHS.
Tested and want to know what to do next?
To be effective in DNA research you firstly need to be familiar with the evaluation tools provided by your testing company, and secondly to be aware of some of the key concepts that underpin the analysis process. Testing companies such as Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA, 23andMe, My Heritage etc all provide a range of educational products to assist with their product, all new users should gain familiarity with the relevant testing company's site.
To assist members the Society also has the following webinars available which are considered the base skills needed for those wishing to undertake DNA research.
In addition to webinars, the Society as part of its ‘Hands On @379’ program also includes sessions focussed on practical applications using DNA sites and third party tools. Please check the Events Calendar.
Our new Beginners' Group will be of benefit to all those who are new to DNA Research. Details of when it next meets will be in the Events Calendar.
Want to dig deeper into your DNA results, expand your tree or break down a brick wall?
Those who are serious about interrogating their results further are welcome to join our DNA Research Group, which meets 4 times per year. Pre-knowledge of basic DNA concepts is presumed as this is a collaborative working group. Before you attend a Research Group meeting you should have at least a basic awareness of the concepts covered in the DNA Research, Key Concepts webinar. This quick guide helps you determine your level of expertise.
The DNA Research Group meets four times a year and has sessions targeted for both intermediate and advanced DNA researchers.
You'll find details of upcoming DNA Research Group meetings here.
In the future, we hope to be able to train more volunteers to assist members in the basic steps to get started as DNA researchers. Links to a range of resources are available on the blog that will help you self pace your learning through individual topic areas.
You’ll find more details about the DNA webinars on the SAG website – click on the Events shortcut on the home page at www.sag.org.au. Our online shop also stocks a range of DNA titles.
The following links may also be of interest: