Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS INTEREST GROUPS - DNA Interest Group

DNA Interest Group | DNA Testing

DNA Interest Group

Meets: Quarterly on the 5th Saturday of most months (check calendar)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance.
Attendees can bring a bag lunch or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.
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Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building

SAVE THE DATE
June 8, 2017 5th Annual Genetic Genealogy Convention, "Diving into DNA"
followed by June 9-11, 2017 48th Annual Genealogy Jamboree "Hunting Your Heritage" at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel


    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    Deciphering the Letters of DNA Soup

    Have you ever wondered about the four types of DNA used in genetic genealogy? Learn about the types of DNA tests sold by Family Tree DNA: Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and the Family Finder test which includes both the autosomal and X chromosome tests. Cheri will demonstrate how DNA overcame a brick wall that stood since the 1950s, and a case involving the unknown parentage of two sisters.

    Presenter: Cheri Mello has been active in genealogy for 25 years and regularly gives presentations about the use of DNA. She runs five DNA projects and manages mailing lists involving Portuguese-Azorean genealogy. She teaches math and music. She was a National Board Certified teacher and holds a Masters in Education.

  • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
  • 10:10-11:45 Presentation
  • 11:45-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-2:00 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

    $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

    For more info, contact Bonny Cook, Alice Fairhurst, and Kathy Johnston at dna@scgsgenealogy.com

    Following the regular meeting from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., DNA speakers and those who can help educate others with DNA testing at any company are encouraged to attend. Roundtable discussions include how to work with group projects, planning for the DNA interest group, and news within the field of genetic genealogy.

    Future Meetings in 2017/2018:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the SCGS Library.
    July 29, 2017; September 30, 2017; (Sun.) January 28, 2018; March 31, 2018.

    SCGS sponsors two projects through Family Tree DNA. Call 713-868-1438 or order online at:

  • SCGS project for ANY SURNAME, http://goo.gl/WGxC1X
  • French Heritage project, http://goo.gl/UUcDXX

     


    Saturday, July 29, 2017
    Loving your DNA and Finding Your Special Match(es) with GEDmatch

    Searching through your stack of matches to determine how you may be related can be overwhelming. My "cousin" tested with A; I'm with B. I can't afford or don't want to do another test. How can we compare our results? Ethnicity estimates vary from testing company to company. How do you determine the accuracy with confidence? Does it really matter? Does one triangulate or phase a LAZARUS? GEDmatch is a well-known third-party site with tools that can help; but it can also be intimidating. Understand GEDmatch can help you understand DNA and identify and qualify matches to make meaningful genealogical connections.

    Presenter: Adrian Foushee has been doing genealogy for five years, researching and documenting family members back to the mid-19th century. Genetic Genealogy (DNA Testing) has connected him to two third cousins, maternal line and paternal line, and proven his suppositions on both sides regarding his great, great-grandparents. Adrian is an active participant in the SGCS and CAAGS DNA Interest Groups. A resident of Pasadena, CA, he is a Risk Compliance Auditor with a national electronic funds transfer (EFT) company.

  • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
  • 10:10-11:45 Presentation
  • 11:45-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-2:00 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

    $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

    For more info, contact Bonny Cook, Alice Fairhurst, and Kathy Johnston at dna@scgsgenealogy.com

    Following the regular meeting from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., DNA speakers and those who can help educate others with DNA testing at any company are encouraged to attend. Roundtable discussions include how to work with group projects, planning for the DNA interest group, and news within the field of genetic genealogy.

    Future Meetings in 2017/2018:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the SCGS Library.
    September 30, 2017; (Sun.) January 28, 2018; March 31, 2018.

    SCGS sponsors two projects through Family Tree DNA. Call 713-868-1438 or order online at:

    • SCGS project for ANY SURNAME, http://goo.gl/WGxC1X
    • French Heritage project, http://goo.gl/UUcDXX

    Saturday, September 30, 2017
    Finding Family: Case Studies Using DNA to Answer Unknown Parentage Questions

    DNA testing can be a double-edged sword. It is a tool to help adoptees find biological kin and it can also reveal surprises about ancestry. Sometimes a tester does not match others who are thought to be related. Case studies reveal how to handle these sensitive issues.

    Presenter: Chris Greene helps those with unknown parentage find their biological families using DNA results, genealogy records and a dash of sleuthing. She discovered her passion for this research at the SCGS Jamboree DNA Day in 2013. Currently she is an administrator on DNA Detectives, a Facebook group started by well-known genetic genealogist CeCe Moore.

  • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
  • 10:10-11:45 Presentation
  • 11:45-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-2:00 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

    $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

    For more info, contact Bonny Cook, Alice Fairhurst, and Kathy Johnston at dna@scgsgenealogy.com

    Following the regular meeting from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., DNA speakers and those who can help educate others with DNA testing at any company are encouraged to attend. Roundtable discussions include how to work with group projects, planning for the DNA interest group, and news within the field of genetic genealogy.

    Future Meetings in 2018:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the SCGS Library.
    (Sun.) January 28, 2018; March 31, 2018.

    SCGS sponsors two projects through Family Tree DNA. Call 713-868-1438 or order online at:

    • SCGS project for ANY SURNAME, http://goo.gl/WGxC1X
    • French Heritage project, http://goo.gl/UUcDXX

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The DNA Interest Group was formed in 2005 and held its first meeting in conjunction with the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) in July 2005.

The group focus is to provide education to assist genealogists to understand the DNA test processes and interpret their test results.

Since 2005 there have been many changes in the types of DNA test services, the number of DNA test companies for genealogical purposes and evolving databases and tools for analytical purposes. Project administrators coordinate across the various facets of genetic genealogy to help lead the DNA Interest Group members into the future.

To order a DNA kit from Family Tree go to http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=SCGS.

FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:

SCGS sponsors two DNA projects through Family Tree DNA:

  • SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME,
  • and the French Heritage Project

    To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713-868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or follow this link to order online.