Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS INTEREST GROUPS - DNA Interest Group


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
May 31, 2018 6th Annual Genetic Genealogy Convention
followed by
June 1-2, 2018 49th Annual Genealogy Jamboree at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

    Saturday, March 31, 2018
    Third Party Tools for DNA

    Autosomal DNA kits are popular offerings from companies such as 23andMe, Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, and My Heritage DNA. Many people are supplementing the results gained from these tests by using third party tools. This presentation will be an overview of three of those tools - GedMatch, the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA), and the Autosomal DNA Utility (Utility) - and what can be expected from each. Part Two: DNA Painter is a simple web-based tool allowing you to 'paint' segments of your DNA according to the ancestors you inherited them from, and to track your DNA matches visually.

    Speakers: Part One: Cheri Mello has been active in genealogy for more than 25 years and regularly gives presentations about the use of DNA. She runs five DNA projects and manages mailing lists involving Portuguese-Azorean genealogy. Part Two: Tony Allegra has been involved in genealogy for 4 years, with 2 years of focus in genetic genealogy. His main specialty is on autosomal research.

  • 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.

    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, June 30, 2018
    What You Really Need to Know about Y-DNA

    Y-DNA testing is for males-only and traces the straight male line. Available only from FamilyTreeDNA, Y-DNA tests STRs (short tandem repeats) which are useful for genealogy in the last 500 years. For an extra fee a tester can also test SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphism) that can determine connections between families farther back in time and can uniquely identify a specific family surname.

    Speakers: Alice Fairhurst is President of the Southern California Genealogical Society and manages a number of DNA projects at Family Tree DNA. Jim McAuley is the prime administrator of the MacAuley DNA project and is experienced with Big Y tests and BAM files.

  • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
  • 10:10-11:45 Panel Presentation and Q & A.
  • 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.

    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 29, 2018
    Beginning Autosomal DNA and Tricks of the Trade

    Learn how to get started using your new DNA results. This introductory lecture will explain the basic inheritance patterns and limitations of Autosomal DNA, discuss the X-Chromosome, explain how to find and read the results per company, and learn other tricks and tips to find the cousin matches or break through your brick walls!

    Speaker: Megan Lee was happily adopted into a theatrical family at birth. Her genealogy loves are DNA and writing. Genealogy runs deep in her roots. She worked her parent's genealogy while they were living and started to find her adopted side subsequent to their deaths. She learned DNA through her adopted side without the constraints of a tree or the expected results; she let the inheritance patterns of the DNA guide her. Working with Genetic Genealogy is the time Megan refers to as getting to play; it brings enjoyment to her and her work. The written word or the ability to express these results is her second love. This passion has been given to her by her father who wrote the original Miniseries, "Roots." She has extensive professional training on the subject of genealogy and genetics.

  • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
  • 10:10-11:45 Panel Presentation and Q & A.
  • 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.

    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.