DNA Interest Groups
DNA Interest Groups (DIGS) meet to discuss the application of DNA testing to genealogy research. Listed by region:
Genealogy Sunshine Coast has a DNA interest group that meets once a month at their Nambour Queensland clubrooms under the direction of Bob May. For more information, please contact Bob at
Cairns & District Family History Society hosts a DNA Interest Group (DIG) alternating with a Drop-In DNA Clinic on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Both were founded and are facilitated by Louise Coakley. The DIG meeting includes a special topic or presentation, group discussions and individual help. The Drop-In DNA Clinic is an unstructured, open session available to anyone from the community enquiring about DNA testing (coinciding with a Drop-In Genealogy Clinic), and also provides additional individual assistance to DIG members if required. For more information see the CDFHS website or email Louise at
British Columbia, Canada
The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) DNA Special Interest Group meets periodically at the BCGS Library, 211-12837 76th Ave., Surrey, BC and at BCGS General Meetings which are held at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid St., in Burnaby, BC. For information, see the BCGS website: www.bcgs.ca or contact the facilitator, M. Diane Rogers or call the BCGS Library 604 502 9119. This group was formed in 2007 by David W. Brown, then co-administrator of the Rose Family Association's DNA Study and M. Diane Rogers.
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 .
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.)
The DNA interest group for Scotland was established in November 2013 and held 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 (scgsgenealogy.com) DNA Interest Group meets once quarterly 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month at SCGS Headquarters in Burbank at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. For more information contact Bonny Cook, Alice Fairhurst, Kathy Johnston at .
Southern California - LA Area (Culver City)
The California African-American Genealogical Society (caags.org) meets 10 am - 12 p.m. on the 4th Saturday in various months at the Los Angeles Family History Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025. Check the website for dates. For more information contact Dr. Edna Briggs at .
Southern California - Orange County Area
The Orange County California Genealogical Society's DIG meets in Huntington Beach on Saturdays at 9am, led by Mark Hammond. Please check the OCCGS website for details, specific schedule and location.
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
Southern California - Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara County Genealogy Society DNA Interest Group meets every 4th Friday from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. for a "Lunch and Learn" at the SBCGS Sahyun Library, 316 Castillo St., Santa Barbara 93101. Program varies - beginner to advanced. Also meets at 9:30 AM 3rd Saturday each month before Genealogical Society meeting, 21 E Constance Avenue, Santa Barbara. For more information please check the SBCGS website ("Special Interest Groups" and "Events") or contact leaders Mary E Hall at or Paul Cochet at .
Southern California - Ventura County The Ventura County Genealogical Society meets 11 am - 12 p.m on the 3rd Saturday at various sites. Moderator Teri Reynolds advises to check the website for up-to-date information.
Northern California - Marin County
The first meeting of the Marin County Genealogical Society's DNA Interest Group was held May 2014 and has been meeting every month since then, except for July, August, and December under the leadership of Vernon Smith. Events are posted at the society website. Please contact Vernon with questions at
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon DNA Interest Group meeting in Portland, Oregon is facilitated by Emily Aulicino and Tim Janzen. It is held from 10:00am - noon on the fourth Saturday 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. Often workshops are held on Wednesdays several weeks a month. As the schedule changes from time to time due to society seminars and the need for more time to cover some topics, please visit the calendar at their website or email Emily at
The Seattle Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group meets quarterly on Saturdays. Meetings are held from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8005 35th NE, Seattle, WA. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. The group was formed in 2009 due to the vision of the late Jim Gunderson. For more information write to .
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
DNA Discussion Group meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7-9pm at the Washington, DC Family History Center in Kensington, MD. Led by Jim Bartlett. Please contact Jim at
The DNA Interest Group, sponsored by The Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society Columbus Ohio, meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. No meeting in December. Due to major renovations at the Columbus Main Library, beginning Feb. 18 thru Apr 15,2015 we meet at the Dublin Library, 75 N. High St., Dublin Ohio. Beginning 20 May 2015 until further notice, we will meet at the old Whitehall Branch located at 4371 E. Broad Street, Columbus OH. We chose this location because the Genealogy Dept will be housed there throughout the renovation. We thought this would be a great spot for anyone who wanted to research prior to our meeting. The Genealogy Department will be the only department utilizing this location. For additional information, please contact Debra Dunbar Nowell at 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 DNA Interest Group meets at 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 .
The Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society in Wichita, KS, has a DNA SIG that meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month
Utah - Salt Lake/Utah County area
The Utah Genealogical Association will be sponsoring a monthly DNA interest group that will meet in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. The group will be headed by Angie Bush and will meet monthly. The launch for this group will be on February 19th, 2015 and further details will be posted after that date. For more information regarding this DNA Interest Group contact Angie at
The Louisville Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group (DNA SIG), headed by Debra Renard and Deborah Campisano, meets 10:00am-2:00pm on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings are held on the second floor of the St. Matthews-Eline Public Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40207. The group is sponsored by the Louisville Genealogical Society.
Twin Cities, Minnesota
The Minnesota Genealogical Society's DNA interest group was founded in 2014. Its purpose is to provide a forum for discussion and learning about DNA testing. Group members explore how genealogists and family history enthusiasts can use DNA information to solve genealogical problems. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at various locations around the Twin Cities. It currently has about fifty members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Group website is http://www.mngs.org/cpage.php?pt=69 and Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/mgsdna.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society DNA Study Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm-8:45pm at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO. Please visit the Calendar of Events on the PPGS.org website or contact Nicole Wing at
Google + Group for DNA/Genetic Genealogy Interest Group Leaders
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