Louise Coakley is a genetic genealogist who spreads awareness of the amazing power of DNA testing amongst family historians and the wider community. She convenes a popular DNA interest group, a DNA Drop-In Clinic, maintains this website & blog 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 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 (from where she has obtained a Certificate of Genealogical Research), and Cairns & District Family History Society. She has undertaken a wide range of professional development in genetic genealogy, including the 'Genetic Genealogy for Professionals' course 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).