DNA Interest Groups

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DNA Interest Groups meet to discuss the application of DNA testing to genealogy research. Listed by region:


Alberta, Canada

The Alberta Family Histories Society DNA Special Interest Group (DNA SIG) was formed May 31, 2011 by Joan Miller. This group will meet periodically throughout the year at the AFHS Library, 712 - 16 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB. For more information, please email . (The status of this group is unclear due to Joan's passing.)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

This DNA Interest Group operates under the auspices of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. It is moderated by Bill Arthurs and meets quarterly at the Ottawa City Archives, usually on the last Saturday of February, May, August and November. Meetings often features presentation as well as a round table discussion. For more information, please contact Bill at .

United Kingdom


The DNA interest group for Scotland was established in November 2013 and will hold its inaugural meeting on 18th January 2014. Further information can be found on the DNA Interest Group - Scotland website.


Southern California - LA Area

The Southern California Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group is moderated by Kathy Johnston and Bonny Cook and meets once quarterly on the last Saturday of the month at SCGS Headquarters in Burbank at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. Frequent participants are Alice Fairhurst, Doug Miller, Bonnie and Kathy. For more information regarding this DNA Interest Group contact Kathy at or Bonny at

Southern California - San Diego Area

The North San Diego County Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group (DIG) was founded by Charlie Warthen and CeCe Moore and is now facilitated by Kathleen Cooper. The group meets at the Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 on the third Thursday evening at 6:30pm every month except December. If interested, please contact Kathleen at


The Genealogical Forum of Oregon DNA Interest Group meeting is facilitated by Emily Aulicino and Tim Janzen. It is held from 1:00pm - 3:00pm the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October. Presentations cover all aspects of genetic genealogy and provide a forum for discussion as well as time for answering any related questions. For more info, please visit their website or email Emily at

Seattle, WA

The Seattle Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group meets quarterly on Saturdays. For 2013 the meeting dates are January 26, March 30, June 29 and October 26. Meetings are held from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the North Seattle Alliance Church Fellowship Hall, 2150 N. 122nd St., Seattle, WA 98133. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. For more information write to .

Virginia and Maryland

The Surnames Projects and Genetic Genealogy group meets October through June on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the library of Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Rd, Vienna, VA. This group operates as a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Fairfax Genealogical Society but attendees come from several counties of Northern Virginia and Maryland. For more info, please visit the associated mail list or contact the moderator, Jim Logan, at

Central Ohio

The DNA Interest Group sponsored by The Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society of Grove City meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Columbus Main Library, 96 S. Grant St., Columbus OH in the 3rd Floor Board Room. For additional information, please contact Debra Dunbar Nowell at 614-871-2110 or .

Central Florida - The Villages, Florida

The Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group of The Villages Genealogical Society meets from !0:00am-11:50am on the 2nd Friday of the month in the Rhett Butler and Charleston Rooms of the Savannah Regional Recreation Center, 1545 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, Florida 32162. SIG Leader Jim Lannin, aka Jimmy Chromosomes, can be contacted at or by phone at 352-750-4004.

Palm Beach County, Florida

The DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County (GSPBC) meets after the Society's regular program. The Society has programs at 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of October, November, January, February, and March. The SIG will also meet on the second Saturday of those months that the Society does not have a program. The locations of the Society's and the DNA SIG's meetings change. Please go to Calendar & Events of GSPBC for scheduled meeting information, or contact the moderator, Larry Vick, at .

Johnson County, Kansas The Johnson County (KS) Genealogical Society met for the first time on June 29 to explore genetic genealogy. Nineteen persons attended the meeting, which was held in the Oak Park Library in Overland Park, KS. Persons in the greater Kansas City area who are interested in using DNA to help extend their family tree can be notified of future meetings by contacting Cathy Lawrenz at or Mary Fern Souder at .