Meet Waves In Time Speaker: Louise Coakley
Louise will be presenting
The Almighty DNA Tree Saturday 1.50-2.50pm
The Next DNA Wave- Testing Family Relics Sunday 9.30-10.15am
Could you please tell us a little about your background?
My background is in business and information technology. I’ve been researching family history for more than 20 years, and I now specialise in genetic genealogy and spreading awareness of the use of DNA testing as a part of researching your family history.
How has genealogy/family history/history/heraldry improved or changed your life?
Genealogy and DNA has connected me with interesting people all around the world – both new friends and relatives. It has been enriching to explore the lives, stories and challenges of ancestors that I was previously oblivious to, and I’ve enjoyed helping others connect to their families.
What do you love most about genealogy/family history/history/heraldry?
Like solving a complex puzzle, I love searching for clues and pieces of evidence and linking them together to form a conclusion about a family mystery or a research goal. DNA evidence adds even more clues to help solve relationship puzzles and build family trees.
Have you attended the State Conference in previous years?
No, this will be my first time, so I am very much looking forward to it!
What are your key topics for the Waves in Time Conference?
DNA testing for family history, and the huge impact it has had on genealogical research.
How do you think your topics will help the family & local historians at the Waves in Time Conference 2019?
For conference attendees new to family history or new to DNA testing, my topics will bring a whole new awareness as to what is possible in genealogy today, and a glimpse into the future.
What do you think are the benefits of attending a large conference like this, for you personally and for others attending?
The chance to meet and chat with other like-minded attendees and speakers, as well learning more new tips and tricks and new resources to explore. Attendees often discover local groups and resources they were previously unaware of, which is great for both the groups and the attendees!
Do you have a favourite piece of advice or a tip or trick you can share with conference attendees?
When reviewing your DNA results, look for and click on the Help and Information links and buttons you see on the pages… they invariably lead to educational, instructional and helpful tips that will improve your understanding and experience. Also follow suggested links in emails from the testing companies, as they may lead to pages explaining your results. Most people read the instructions when they buy a new appliance or device, so do try to read the instructions that come with your DNA results!
Louise’s blog https://www.genie1.com.au/blog
With DNA leading to so many new cousins not found through traditional research alone, it will be interesting to her Louise share her thoughts and ways to make the most out of DNA results and where it is going in the future.