Hello. I’m Cate Pearce, Your DNA Helper.
I want to help you get the most out of your DNA results.
been researching family history for over 40 years and now specialise in using DNA analysis to solve genealogy puzzles and providing DNA education.
passionate, determined, committed, dogged, meticulous, discrete, thorough, ethical, and maverick in all my DNA case work and DNA education.
provide you with the highest level of professional, ethical and comprehensive research and learning tools for all your DNA analysis requirements.
Your DNA Helper provides…
DNA terms explained simply
DNA tools made easy
Selective case studies
DNA news & updates
DNA analysis & reports
Personal DNA consultations
Identifying unknown parent or ancestor
Personalised DNA tutorials
Cate has helped others…
I’m so excited to be meeting my 85-year-old brother for the first time – without Cate’s help we would never have found each other.
My grandad was a complete mystery to the family but now we’ve found him, thanks to Cate’s dogged determination to never give up until she’d tracked him down!
Although it has been such a shock for my sister and I to know we have different fathers, Cate not only helped to identify who my father was but also was very kind and supportive in helping me to come to terms this new information.
I didn’t know where to begin but Cate’s skills in analysing the DNA and in tracking down all the family information were quite astonishing to me! And we found my father – I never thought it possible!
I really appreciated Cate’s professionalism and tactfulness in dealing with some pretty sensitive and delicate information in my case. I feel that I have closure now and my search can be laid to rest.
I was getting quite overwhelmed by the amount of DNA info online but Cate tailored some classes for me that helped me just work on my own family research and set me on the right path. Very clear and well organised and easy to understand.
Frequently Asked Questions…
No, just like you don’t need to be a mechanic to drive a car, you don’t need to be a geneticist to be able to use DNA for family history. Your DNA Helper provides easy-to-understand tutorials that take you step by step through the basics. Of course, once you are more confident, you may find you want to learn more complex tools of DNA analysis and Your DNA Helper has more advanced tutorials as well.
As they say in the classics, let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start 😀
If you haven’t done a DNA test yet, then visit the Introduction to DNA page where you’ll find information about which company will best suit your research question, as well as some basic information to get you started and links to more information.
If you’ve done a DNA test and just got your results, go to the Reading My Results page for links to free tutorials how to find your way around your results page for each of the major testing companies. If you would like help in understanding your results, you can contact Cate for a consultation and she will show you step by step what your own results mean for your own family history research. For more information on consultation fees, click here.
Content contained on Your DNA Helper can usually be reproduced in hard copy non-commercial forms such as newsletters if you contact me first to ask permission. For other non-commercial website use, please use only a paragraph or two with a link back to the original post. No content may be used for commercial use. Attribution must be given to Cate Pearce at http://yourdnahelper.com.
DNA analysis is not dependant on any particular country, so whilst I live in Australia, my clients come from all over the world. I have had clients from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the United States. You will find more about my services here.
No, I do not get paid to promote the products of any DNA testing company. References and recommendations to any DNA company that I review are based on my own experience with that company or product.
Yes, there are affiliate links on this website. If you click on those links and end up buying any product there, then I get a small commission, which go towards helping to run the website itself and enabling me to continue offering the free tutorials.
BA (History), Curtin University
Graduate Diploma in Family & Local History, University of New England
Certificate in Genealogical Research, Society of Australian Genealogists
Member of Association of Professional Genealogists
Genetic Genealogy, University of Strathclyde
Introduction to Genetics and Evolution, Duke University