Southern California Genealogical Society

DNA Interest Group | DNA Testing

DNA Interest Group

Meets: 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.
Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building

2015 Meetings:

  • Sunday - April 26, 2015
  • Saturday - August 29, 2015
  • Saturday - October 31, 2015

    Sunday, April 26, 2015
    The Y-DNA Utility

    Y-DNA Utility is a tool that allows individuals to create Fluxus Engineering's Network phylogenetic trees from a Y-DNA Results page of Family Tree DNA. The resulting chart helps illuminate family relationships and can lead to a new understanding of the family grouping.

    Presenter: Wes Erickson, computer software programmer. Wes studied physics at CalTech before becoming a firefighter. He holds a B.S. in computer sciences and taught at Palomar College in San Marcos. He won the Computing Challenge award of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers in 1998.

    • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
    • 10:10-11:45 "The Y-DNA Utility"
    • 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.

    Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects. The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.

    Future Meetings in 2015 & 2016:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the S.C.G.S. Library.
    Sat. August 29, 2015; Sat. October 31, 2015; Sat. January 30, 2016; Sat., April 30, 2016.

    FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:
    To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713-868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or order online at

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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

    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.

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