Australia is Building a Database of Historical DNA

Australians have been called upon to donate their DNA and help establish the country’s first historical DNA database, providing researchers with a crucial tool for solving wartime mysteries – some which date back 100 years. To be managed by the Centre for Ancient DNA at Adelaide University, the database will provide scientists and historians with a snapshot of the genetic makeup of the Australian population in the early 1900s.

The DNA database would prove a vital tool for any number of projects, including identifying unrecovered war dead and even solving decades-old missing person cases. I suspect the database would also be valuable for genealogy purposes although privacy laws may prevent its use for that purpose.

You can read more about this new effort in an article by Bridie Smith in the Sydney Morning Herald at

One Comment

My thanks to you Dick for this post. I have several members of my family who are unaccounted for during WWI & WWII in the pacific Islands. All from Australia. I emailed the Project to volunteer and hope to hear back soon. Thank you.


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