Denise Drysdale takes a DNA test, and it’s no surprise to find her family hails from Scotland.
But it is a shock to discover she also has DNA links to Northern Ireland.
Denise finds her maternal 3 times great grandparents, John and Mary Fanning, left Northern Ireland with their children, and miraculously survived an horrific voyage to Australia.
On her father’s side, Denise uncovers the humour she’s looking for, in her great grandmother Betsy Drysdale, but the flip side of Betsy’s life is one of a sad struggle with alcoholism and despair.
Still to come this season, Jeff Fatt (The Wiggles) and Uncle Jack Charles join the cast of the much-loved genealogy series, which takes well-known personalities on a revealing journey into their past, sharing their emotion and surprise as they uncover stories at the heart of their family history.
The twelfth season also features Australian television stars Grant Denyer, Chris Bath and Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
One participant uncovers a mysterious family fortune, while another learns the identity of his father, who he’s never known. One discovers his ancestors managed to flourish in Australia despite immense discrimination as a result of the White Australia Policy, and a famous performer lights set off to discover where their love of the arts originated.