The use of DNA in family history searches is becoming a more widely accepted tool across the world.
To help sort out which DNA test is better for your needs and how to use the information is the theme of a talk at the Port Macquarie Library in May.
Port Macquarie and Districts Family History Society is hosting the free event.
Convener Ken Hunt says the use of DNA to match distant relatives is becoming much more common.
He says the seminar will be good for anyone, thinking about taking a DNA test but don't know which one, have already taken a test but don't know the next steps, or, if you are confused about DNA testing or think it is all too hard.
"I did my own DNA for family history reasons back in 2014 or 2015," he said. "But I didn't know how to use that information, so I decided to join the society.
"We ended up forming a DNA group and we've, collectively, been learning about DNA and talking with different people within the family research movement.
"We are slowly learning how to use DNA in research.
"It is a steep learning curve but you can work things out by talking with others in the same position," he said.
"This is a fascinating science and it is relatively new."
This is a fascinating science and it is relatively new.Ken Hunt
During his own DNA research, Mr Hunt says he has uncovered some surprising things about his family.
"Well, I've discovered a line of family to a slave that was brought to America in the 1600s," he says.
Mr Hunt says new techniques are being discovered on a regular basis and is assisting in traditional search areas.
"Usually you would look at a census, or parish records or births, deaths and marriages," he said.
"This is where, traditionally, you may find information about some members of your family.
"But using DNA gives you a list of DNA matches. These people can be as far back as eighth generations.
"These matches are certain because of the DNA.
"You can then search along the male or female side of your family tree to see where that person fits into your lineage."
He said you can then look for confirmation in those traditional avenues.
"I can find a new cousin every day I search," he added.
Attendance at the DNA for beginners seminar is capped at 25 people but further seminars may be held if there is enough interest.
Port Macquarie and Districts Family History Society is hosting DNA for beginners seminar on Saturday May 4, 9.30amd until 11.30am.
Bookings are essential, and capped at 25 people, by calling 0475 132 804, going to the website or emailling firstname.lastname@example.org
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