Welcome to the GSV

Genealogical Society of Victoria

DNA Discussion Circle

The DNA Discussion Circle is for GSV members who would like to find out how DNA may assist them in furthering their family history. Your DNA can be used to confirm or establish links in your family tree as well as identifying your particular genetic origins.


To help members explore the possibilities of genetic genealogy. It is an exciting new avenue for potentially finding new relations. Sharing the journey with others is a great way to learn more.
Things happening at our monthly DNA meetings include:
• Members reporting to the group any DNA newsworthy items since the previous meeting.
• Presentations by the convenor, members or guest speakers on topics relating to research using DNA.
• Members reporting to the group any DNA results they have received since the previous meeting.
• Members reporting to the group any contacts they have made or received from ‘matches’ in their DNA account.
• Assisting members to breakthrough their research brickwalls.
• Reviews of articles from press articles and other journals.
• When appropriate, members will be sent relevant articles by email.
• Examination of migrations over time which affect the distribution of DNA Haplogroups.

Who may join?

Only to GSV Members may attend the DNA Discussion Circle. There is no additional fee, it is included as part of their annual subscription.
Your access to email is essential.


The DNA circle meets monthly from 10.30 am to 12:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the GSV Meeting Room, Level 6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne.
You will be advised the cost and where and how to get your DNA tested. Three types of DNA are used in genealogy – YDNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA.
When you get your results back you will be given help in the interpretation of them by the more experienced members of the group. A number of members have had their DNA tested since joining the group and some unusual findings were revealed of their historical origins.

How to register your interest

Please contact the convenor by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including some details about what you are interested in learning or what you are hoping to achieve by having your DNA tested.