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Where To Next After DNA Test?

July 18, 2019

DNA Test

Recently I sent my partner’s DNA for testing, and impatiently awaited the results. I had done a very brief outline of his family history, but plan to do more indepth research in the near future, hence the DNA test. DNA is a great tool for family historians to have when building the facts and true stories of their family. We chose to use Ancestry to process the DNA test  as that is where my own DNA was tested. If interestedm you can check out My DNA results

We were very surprised to have the results back in just two weeks. I wasn’t sure what to expect, due to the very small amount of research I had done into this family, but I did suspect there may be German and French ancestry. Below is my partner’s ethnicity estimate, taken from his DNA test results.  As I suspected, he definitely has German and French ancestry. Already, I have a couple of leads to follow up this research. There are also the many Ancestry matches from 2nd cousin through to 8th cousin to check out. I’m really looking forward to the research that will be necessary in the search for more information.  As my family is traditionally British, I’m especially looking forward to getting into the French and German research.


Last year I was an ambassador for the Researching Abroad Roadshow I attended this conference mainly to hear Chris Paton speak about the latest in Scottish research. The other main speaker was Dirk Weissleder from Germany, speaking about German research. I was interested to hear the German seminars, even though at the time I had no idea that I would need to use the information for my family research. This is why I do love to attend genealogical conferences. There is always so much to learn, and you just never know when the most unexpected information will be useful. I now need to go back to my German notes from that conference.

Due to the small amount of research I have do so far on this family, combined with the results of this DNA test, I now have quite a long ‘to-do’ list to learn all we can about the differing lines of this family. What I have learned so far is more than interesting. Just for a small taste here is a link to a post I wrote about Jeptha Freeman who was a  Pioneer of Eight Hour day in Victoria.

DNA Conference Down Under Conference


These results have come at the perfect time as in just a few weeks, I will be attending the DNA Down Under Conference in Melbourne, as one of it’s Ambassadors. The speakers, both international and Australian, will provide all the information I need to be able to follow up on the next steps, so that I can get the most out of this DNA test for my family history research. I also need that information to follow up on my own DNA test, which until now has been put aside, as I have been totally confused by the subject.

Have you had your DNA test done? Consider attending the DNA Down Under Conference. DNA information is constantly changing and expanding and this conference is going to give family history researchers the opportunity to catch up on the most up to date information, so that their DNA test is the best tool for their research that it can be. The DNA Downunder Conference will be providing information for those with very little DNA experience and also more experienced researchers.

It’s not too late to reserve your seat at the conference. Click here to check out the cities and conference dates and reserve your ticket. I’d love to see you there. Please let me know if you are going.











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