Southern California Genealogical Society

DNA Interest Group | DNA Testing

DNA Interest Group

Meets: 5th Saturday of most month (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.
Contact: Bonny Cook for more information (310) 375-8983.
Contact: Kathy Johnston for more information (310) 213-1207.
Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building

2014 / 2015 Meetings:

  • November 29, 2014
  • January 31, 2015
  • May 30, 2015
  • August 29, 2015
  • October 31, 2015

  • Saturday, November 29, 2014
    Autosomal Utilities for Genealogy

    Intended for autosomal DNA studies, the A-DNA utility automates the process for identifying overlapping segments in data files to identify potential relatives for follow-up. A-DNA utilizes data from Family Tree DNA Family Finder and 23andMe.

    Presenter: Wes Erickson who develops computer software programs in his spare time. Wes studied physics at CalTech. He holds a B.S in Computer Science and a California Teaching Credential; He was on staff at Palomar College in San Marcos for five years. His Lunar Co-longitude program 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 Autosomal Utilities for Genealogy
  • 11:15-11:45 Questions & Answers
  • 11:45-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:30 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.
  • $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance.
    Attendees can bring a bag lunch or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.
    For additional information contact either Bonny Cook at (310) 375-8983 or
    Kathy Johnston at (310) 213-1207 or Alice Fairhurst (626) 331-4791.

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

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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.

    For information on the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) contact the ISOGG Southern California Regional Coordinator, CeCe Moore,
    To join ISOGG (no dues) go to the website at

    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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