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 30, 2019 7th Annual Genetic Genealogy Convention
followed by
June 1-2, 2019 50th Annual Genealogy Jamboree at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

    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

    Sunday, January 27, 2019
    DNA Uses in Pedigree Building


    Kathy Johnston will review the basic science used in genetic genealogy including the measure of "distance" in centimorgans and how to estimate cousinship using autosomal DNA. She will explain how autosomal information from the four main genetic genealogy companies along with free GEDmatch comparisons can be used to maximize cousin matches. Matches in common can be used to identify clusters of descendants from a common ancestor or ancestral couple. The addition of collateral lines to your family tree can help you and your DNA cousins break through brick walls when you work together. Find out why law enforcement is so eager to learn these genetic genealogy techniques to solve cold cases. Speaker: Kathy Johnston, M.D. is a retired dermatologist who has been actively researching her family tree for over 27 years. She is one of the administrators for the SCGS DNA Interest Group (DIG) and has been involved in genetic genealogy research for 14 years.

  • 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:

    Future Meetings in 2019:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the SCGS Library. March 30, 2019; June 29, 2019; August 31, 2019; November 30, 2019.

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

    Saturday, March 30, 2019
    Panel: What's New from the Family Tree DNA Administrator's Conference in Houston


    The Family Tree DNA Administrator's Conference brings top speakers to keep their project administrators up-to-date on the latest happenings in the DNA World. A selected group of attendees will become the panelists who will present short synopses of key findings. The session will include Questions and Answers.



    Panelists: A number of people who are active members and/or organizers of the SCGS DNA Interest Group will be attending this March conference which is only open to administrators of FTDNA Projects. From this group we will select those who will be the panelists at this March DNA meeting.

  • 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:


    Future Meetings in 2019:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the SCGS Library. June 29, 2019; August 31, 2019; November 30, 2019.

    • 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.