Louise Coakley is a genetic genealogist who spreads awareness of the amazing power of DNA testing amongst family historians and the wider community, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. She convenes a popular DNA Interest Group, a DNA Drop-In Clinic, maintains this website to guide beginners, and uses DNA to assist people searching for biological relatives. Louise is in demand as a speaker on genetic genealogy, and she created and leads the popular Facebook support groups Using DNA for Genealogy - Australia & NZ and DNA for Genealogy - UK.
Louise has been researching family history for nearly 20 years, and has been using DNA testing as a research tool for more than five years. She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria, the Society of Australian Genealogists, the Cairns & District Family History Society, and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. She has a Certificate of Genealogical Research from the Society of Australian Genealogists, and she has undertaken a wide range of education and professional development activities in genetic genealogy, including the 'Genetic Genealogy for Professionals' and 'Third Party Tools for Genetic Genealogists' courses by Blaine T. Bettinger.
Louise currently lives in Cairns, but is from Melbourne. Her professional background is in business systems and data analytics, and her professional qualifications include a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Business (Data Processing), and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).