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 DNA Interest Group, a DNA Drop-In Clinic, uses DNA to assist others searching for biological relatives, and maintains a website and blog to guide beginners.
Louise is a popular speaker on genetic genealogy in Australia – both online and in-person. She created and leads the Facebook support groups Using DNA for Genealogy – Australia & NZ and DNA for Genealogy – UK and is an administrator in CeCe Moore’s DNA Detectives Down Under group, helping members who are using DNA to look for close biological relatives. She also co-administers the Australian Citizens, Australian Settlers, Australian Convicts and Mothers-Sisters-Daughters DNA Projects.
Louise has been researching family history for more than 20 years, and has been using DNA testing as a research tool for seven 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’ course by Blaine T. Bettinger.
Louise is from Melbourne, but currently lives in Cairns. Her 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).