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.
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

2015 Meetings:

  • January 31, 2015
  • April 26, 2015
  • August 29, 2015
  • October 31, 2015
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
    The Abraham Lincoln DNA Project

    The Abraham Lincoln DNA Project is one of the first in the area of Bio-Historical research - the study of how the genetics of historical figures may have influenced the course of world history. It is suspected that Abraham Lincoln may have suffered from a variety of genetic disorders including a rare cancer called MEN2B. However it is only recently that DNA testing has become available that could confirm these suspicions that until now have been based solely on Lincoln's physical appearance and historical reports about the condition of his health.

    Presenter: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a Forensic Genealogist who has been recognized in the international press for her work with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and has consulted on many high profile DNA identification efforts including the identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart project. She is now the forensic genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA project.

  • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
  • 10:10-11:45 "The Abraham Lincoln DNA Project"
  • 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 (310) 375-8983 or
    (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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