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

For those wanting to attend in person, come to the SCGS Library. $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance in person.

For those wanting to attend remotely, you must register for the meeting. To register for this SPECIAL webinar meeting and pay the $5.50 fee, go to:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Saturday, April 29, 2023
HYBRID MEETING from 10 am -2 pm

"The Importance of the Big Y-700 - New Feature: Group Time Tre"

Family Tree DNA has recently added a new feature, the Group Time Tree, that project managers can use to improve grouping that involves Big Y-700 testers. This new feature graphically shows how different lines are descended from one another. When Y-DNA testing first began, all we could do was show matches by comparing STRs. STRs are much less stable than SNPs. This lecture will demonstrate how testing the Big-Y can be useful for men in large projects and also informative for men who have few matches.

Presenter: Alice M. Fairhurst, MS is past president of the Southern California Genealogical Society and managers a number of DNA projects at FamilyTreeDNA. She managed the International Society of Genetic Genealogy's Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree for nine years.

10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
10:10-11:45 Presentation and Q & A.
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:00 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

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.

DNA Administrators Meeting 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Roundtable discussions include how to work with group projects, planning for the DNA interest group, and news within the field of genetic genealogy.
For more info, contact Bonny Cook, Alice Fairhurst, Megan Lee and Kathy Johnston at

Future Meetings in 2023:
To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of the month
July 29, 2023; and September 30, 2023.

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.