Discover DNA and family history at Rotary Club conference – The Advocate


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A conference to help people understand how DNA testing can uncover information about their ancestry will be launched in Burnie this month. The Burnie Rotary Club’s DNA Conference will feature presentations and case studies from genealogy expert and DNA Interest Group convener Louise Coakley, DNA specialist Michelle Patient and family history expert Heather Cox. The speakers will present via video link and two DNA kits will be given away as lucky door prizes. Rotary Club secretary George Austin said many people were interested in their genealogy but some were not sure “how to use DNA once you get it”. “So these speakers will be able to fill in the gaps if you like and explain just what it means, how DNA can help you trace your ancestry and give a better understanding of what it all means,” he said. Mr Austin said the Rotary Club organised the event following the DNA Down Under conference, which visited every Australian state except Tasmania. “We decided maybe we could do something local, there’s a lot of interest in DNA and genealogy generally,” he said. “We contacted some of the lecturers who had attended DNA Down Under and they were really receptive.” The Burnie Rotary Club DNA conference will be held Sunday, February 23 at The Beach Hotel. To book or for more information call George Austin on 0438 450 801.