Southern California Genealogical Society

DNA Interest Group Meeting
HYBRID MEETING from 10 am -2 pm

Meets: Quarterly on the 5th Saturday of most months (check calendar)
Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023
HYBRID MEETING* from 10 am -2 pm

*In person: Come to the SCGS Library. $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance in person. OR
*Remote/Virtual, you must register for the meeting. To register and pay the $5.50 fee, go to: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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10:00 - 10:30 - Social
10:30 - 10:45 - Announcements
10:45 - 12:00 - Presentation and Q & A (if attending online, see remote/virtual link above)
12:00 - 12:30 - Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 - Individualized Help. Please bring your DNA results and password. In person at SCGS or virtual:

DNA Administrators Meeting 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Either in-person or virtual. The link for virtual is:
For more info, contact the DNA Team at

Future Meetings in 2024:
To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of the month
March 30, June 29, August 31, and November 30*, 2024 (*Nov. 30th is unconfirmed).

SCGS sponsors two projects through Family Tree DNA. Call 713-868-1438 or order online at:
" SCGS project for ANY SURNAME,
" French Heritage project,



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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.