I have always been interested in the history of our family and still have copies of early pedigree charts I drew as a child. However, I only seriously began working on my genealogy in about 2006 after the death of my Uncle Laurie when I inherited his research. Funny that I chose the name genemonkey for my username back then, little did I know that I would develop an intense interest in DNA research down the track. At that time only the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests were available. However, in 2010 when FTDNA released the Family Finder product I was quick to sign up as I had been keen to try to verify several theories associated with my ancestry. I became addicted quite quickly and have been working obsessively with my DNA results ever since.
In 2011, I completed a Certificate in Genealogical Research with the Society of Australian Genealogists whilst I was living in a remote parts of Australia: Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin. In 2015, as a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists, I was instrumental in instigating the DNA Research Group based in Sydney and am still an active member. I enjoy helping other members and it is a great way to increase my knowledge of the fascinating field of genetic genealogy. I continue to develop and present chromosome analysis courses and other sessions for the Society. In 2023, I was appointed a Fellow of the Society for my contributions in building the genetic research capability.
I am an administrator for a range of FTDNA projects including the Coats, Cassidy and Courtney Surnames, Brittons of Ireland, Moyriesk and Rathclooney (County Clare) and County Wexford.
I am on the Executive Committee for the Cassidy Clan and hold the position of DNA Officer. The featured image on this page was taken in Enniskillen Fermanagh, Ireland in 2015 – the ancestral home of my CASSIDY family.
I publish my proven pedigree and outcomes of my genetic research at Wikitree (the free family history site). I joined the Wikitree community in 2013, subsequently taking on the roles of Project Leader, Ambassador and Adoption Angel. Click on the buttons below to view a summary of my family lines and DNA confirmations. My ever growing chromosome map can also be viewed at DNA Painter.