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Donna is a New Zealander living in London with English and Scottish Ancestry. She has been involved with genealogy for many years and became a Genetic Genealogist in 2015. Donna is an Operations Manager based in London, working in a global technology company and in her spare time runs a Facebook group to help others with their DNA research. She specialises in making the complex side of DNA testing easy to understand.
Donna specialises in complex DNA cases such as foundlings, surprise DNA results, and other unknown parentage cases. In 2019 she was one of the co-authors of a paper investigating ".. the effectiveness of genetic genealogy to identify individuals in the UK" used to inform the UK on the potential use of Investigative Genetic Genealogy in the future.
As well as being a regular speaker at UK & Ireland genealogy conferences, Donna has a well-known blog with hints & tips for DNA research, including a YouTube channel with helpful videos. One of Donna's better-known talks was a hit at Belfast "Back To Our Past" and uncovered the DNA secrets of "The Game Of Thrones". Her first blog about DNA research was published by Ancestry in 2016.
Donna's Facebook group DNA Help for Genealogy (UK) has proven successful and is now listed as a recommended resource for Strathclyde University students.