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DNA Interest Groups

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


New South Wales, Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie & District Family History Society has a monthly DNA Support Group. For details, refer to the PMDFHS website.

New South Wales, Sydney

The Society of Australian Genealogists has a DNA Research Group. For details, refer to the SAG website.

Queensland, Brisbane (Gaythorne)

Queensland Family History Society Inc has a DNA Interest Group that meets bi-monthly. For details, refer to the QFHS website.

Queensland, Brisbane (Wishart)

The Genealogical Society of Queensland has established a DNA Special Interest Group. For details, refer to the GSQ website.

Queensland, Cairns

Cairns & District Family History Society runs a DNA Interest Group (DIG) or a Drop-In DNA Clinic on the 2nd Saturdays of each month. For more information refer to the CDFHS website or email Louise Coakley at

Queensland, Sunshine Coast

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

Queensland, Townsville

The Family History Association of North Queensland runs a DNA Interest Group. For details, refer to the FHANQ website.

South Australia, Adelaide

Genealogy SA has a DNA Special Interest Group which meets monthly. For details refer to the GenealogySA website.

Victoria, Melbourne

The Genealogical Society of Victoria has a DNA Discussion Circle which meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For details, refer to the GSV website.

Western Australia, Perth

Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc runs a DNA Special Interest Group that meets monthly. For details refer to the WAGS website.


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: 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 at the Ottawa City Archives, usually on the last Saturday of February and every two months thereafter. Meetings often feature presentations as well as a round table discussion. For more information, please contact Bill at .

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.)

United Kingdom


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 ( 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 ( 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 from 1pm to 4pm on the third Saturday 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 - Temecula - Riverside County

The Temecula Valley Genealogical Society's DNA Special Interest Group was founded by Barbara Perez. The group meets on the 2nd Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Temecula Library, 30600 Pauba Rd. For additional information contact Barbara Perez 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. More information is on our web page at Please contact Vernon with questions at

Northern California-Nevada County

The Nevada County Genealogical Society's DNA Special Interest Group meets most months on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Madeline Helling Library in Nevada City. In addition to the monthly meeting there are often small focus groups. For more information and to sign up for the mailing list contact Christina Sabin at

Northern California - Shasta County

The Shasta DNA Interest Group (Shasta DIG) meets on the second Wednesday of January, February, March, April, May, September, October and November at the Redding Family History Center. Mike Witesman is the mentor. Please contact him at for more information and to sign up for the mailing list.


The Maine Genealogical DIG meets the second Saturday of the month at the Gray Public Library in Gray, Maine from 10 to noon. Our meetings include volunteer presentations covering all aspects of DNA testing, group discussions, sharing, and working together to learn more about using DNA to assist with traditional research. We work in conjunction with the Maine Genealogical FTDNA Project. For more information contact Nancy Milliken Mason 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

Seattle, WA

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 .

Northern Virginia/Maryland/DC

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

Southwest Ohio

For information on the Southwest Ohio Regional DNA Interest Group please contact Kathy Reed from the Hamilton County Genealogical Society at . More information can be found on the society's blog here.

Central Ohio

The DNA Interest Group, sponsored by The Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society (FCGHS) Columbus Ohio, meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. No meeting in December. Location: The Columbus Metro Library Main Branch downtown, 96 S. Grant Ave. 3rd Floor Meeting Room 3B. We chose this location because it is centrally located, the Genealogy Dept & FCGHS is housed on the 3rd Floor and is a great place for anyone who wanted to research prior to our meeting. For additional information, please contact Debra Dunbar Nowell at or .

Central Indiana

The Central Indiana DNA Interest Group, sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Marion County, was founded by members of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists at the end of 2015. We are currently meeting monthly on a floating schedule at the Fishers Library in Hamilton County, and plan a variety of topics open to the public: formal presentations, round-table discussions, small group or 1-1 coaching, etc. We also offer ‘outreach’ programming to other area libraries and organizations on request.

Group leaders are Ann Raymont, Angela Guntz, Andrea Ackermann, Denise Anderson-Decina, and Steve Frank.

The calendar of upcoming events can be found on the right sidebar at Ann's DNAsleuth website.

For more information, contact us at .

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 .

Sarasota County, Florida

The DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota (GSS) meets monthly October to May. The locations of the meetings change. Please go to GSS calendar of Events for scheduled meeting information, or contact the SIG Leader, Regina Negrycz, 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 .

Wichita, Kansas

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. **Inactive**

Louisville, Kentucky

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 [email protected] for more information. Group website is and Facebook page is

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 website or contact Nicole Wing at

Google + Group for DNA/Genetic Genealogy Interest Group Leaders

A place for Group Leaders to share information about successful programs and tips for planning well organized DNA meetings. You must be a group leader to join. Please contact the administrator with your affiliation at