They also ran single day events in many capital cities in Australia (not Hobart).
The conference was held at the Castle Hill RSL club – a lot bigger than the one at Sorell I am used to.
Some topics I listened and took notes from were:
- Understanding and interpreting your ethnicity results
- What do Australians think about DNA testing?
- Using autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th century mysteries
- Evaluating a genealogical conclusion including DNA
- Latest advances in third party tools for autosomal DNA
- Are you doing everything to identify your DNA matches?
- Ethical and legal considerations for DNA evidence
- Great great DNA
- Shared matches and genetic networks
- Advanced third party tools
- Practical tips for working with speculative trees
- Stories behind the segments
- DNA and the aftermath of uncovered family secrets
- Phasing and mapping your DNA
- Limitations of cousin matching
- The Helen Marley story – case study
- Panel – DNA: A look at the future
As you can see from my programme, there was little time to synthesize everything we were learning. But my takeaways from the conference were:
- check those shared matches and make use of the coloured dots in Ancestry
- use chromosome browsers in MyHeritage and FTDNA to find those shared and triangulated matches
- use tools like DNA Painter to map your segments – keep records of who you have already painted
- join DNA facebook groups to get help
- test all those close relatives – but explain the ethics and legal side of testing to them first
Here are some DNA Facebook groups that could be handy: Remember to answer the questions when asking to join
- Using DNA for Genealogy and Family History Research Australia and New Zealand – one admin is Louise Coakley
- DNA Painter user group – there is a separate group if using What are the Odds WATO
- DNA Detectives – looking for adoptees, unknown parentage etc – get your help at this group
Many thanks to Alan and Anthea Phillips and Alona Tester from Gould Genealogy and Unlock the Past for organizing such a great conference.
Readers: For those who might have attended the conference (one day or three day), what was your best takeaway?