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

Australia

Australian Capital Territory

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra has a DNA special interest group. For details, refer to the HAGSOC website or email .

New South Wales

The Bathurst Family History Group has started a DNA interest group. For details, please make contact through the BFHG website.

The Botany Bay Family History Society has a DNA interest group. For details, refer to the BBFHS website.

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

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

The Tomaree Family History Group now has a DNA interest group. For details, please make contact through the TFHG website.

Queensland

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

The Genealogical Society of Queensland in Brisbane (Wishart) has a DNA Special Interest Group. For details, refer to the GSQ website.

The Cairns & District Family History Society has a DNA Interest Group (DIG) or a Drop-In DNA Clinic on the 1st Saturday of each month. For more information refer to the CDFHS website or email Louise Coakley at

The Central Queensland Family History Association in Rockhampton started a DNA Interest Group in 2018. For details, please make contact through the CQFHA website.

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

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

South Australia

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

Victoria

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

Western Australia

The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc (Perth) has a DNA Special Interest Group that meets monthly. For details refer to the WAGS website.

Canada

Alberta

The Alberta Family Histories Society DNA Special Interest Group (DNA SIG) in Calgary 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 Edmonton Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society has a DNA SIG that is co-hosted by Ellen Thompson-Jennings and Debby Was. We meet four times per year on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in January, March, May, and October. For more information, see http://edmontongenealogy.ca/special-interest-groups/dna/.

British Columbia

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.

Ontario

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) www.bifhsgo.ca The BIFHSGO DNA Interest Group 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 .

New Zealand

North Island

The Papamoa Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists has established a DNA Testers Support Group that meets monthly at the local community centre. For details, contact Betty Atkinson via the NZSG Papamoa webpage.

The Te Awamutu Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists has established a DNA support group. For details, refer to the NZSG Te Awamutu Branch website.

United Kingdom

England

Berkshire Family History Society www.berksfhs.org.uk A new DNA interest group was established in 2019 by the Berkshire Family History Society. The first meeting will be held on 13th April 2019 at the Research Centre in Reading. The intention is to hold four meetings each year.

Midland Ancestors (formerly the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry) has a DNA Special Interest Group for members on Facebook. Further information can be found on the Society's local groups page.

Scotland

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.

USA

Arizona

Sun City Vistoso Genealogical Society (Oro Valley) https://scvgs.org/sigs/dna-sig/ New group forming! Contact: Teri Petty: [email protected]

Mesa Family History Center (Mesa) https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Mesa_Arizona_FamilySearch_Library 1st Thurs monthly 6:30 beginners, 7:15 intermediates at Mesa FHC Contact: Mckell Keeney [email protected]

The West Valley Genealogical Society in Youngtown, Arizona, has a DNA SIG which meets the 1st Saturday afternoon of each month. For more information, see https://azwvgs.org/.

California

California African American Genealogical Society www.caags.org Los Angeles Family History Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 4th Saturday, LA FHL Contact: Dr. Edna Briggs:

Conejo Valley Genealogy Society www.conejovalleygenealogicalsociety.org Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 12:30-2:00 pm, 2nd Thursday Contact: Bill Hurley:

Marin County Genealogical Society www.maringensoc.org 7:00 pm on 3rd Thursday, LDS Church Contact: Vernon Smith:

Monterey County Genealogical Society mocogenso.org 10:00 am, 2nd Saturday, Monterey FHC Contact: Barbara Rae-Venter:

Nevada County Genealogical Society http://sites.rootsweb.com/~cancgs 4th Tuesday (occasional DNA Group) Contact: Christina Sabin:

Orange County California Genealogical Society occgs.com Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 9:00 am at General meeting 1st Saturday Moderator: Mark Hammond:

Placer County Genealogical Society pcgs.pcgenes.com 10:00-12:00 pm, 1st and 3rd Thursday monthly at Loomis Library Contact:

San Joaquin Genealogical Society sjgensoc.org 6:30-8 pm, 2nd Monday Spring and Fall at various locations Contact: Jacqui Stevens:

San Mateo County Genealogical Society www.smcgs.org 2:15-3:45 pm on 3rd Thursday at Cañada College Library Contact:

San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society {http://srvgensoc.org/sig.html#DN http://srvgensoc.org/sig.html#DN] 1:00 pm on 3rd Monday at Danville FHC. Advanced DNA only. Contact: Mark McLaren

Santa Barbara County Genealogy Society sbgen.org SBCGS Sahyun Library, 316 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, 4th Friday at the Sahyun Library Contact: Mary Hall:

Santa Clara Historical and Genealogical Society www.scchgs.org 2pm on 1st Tues at Santa Clara City Library Contact: Pat Burrow

Santa Cruz Genealogical Society scgensoc.org 11:00 am on 1st Thurs quarterly at Santa Cruz Library Downtown Contact: Dan Spelce:

Southern California Genealogical Society www.scgsgenealogy.com SCGS Library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504 (818) 843-7247 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5th Saturday at the SCGS Library Contact: DNA Team:

Temecula Valley Genealogical Society [https://tvgs.net/ tvgs.net} Temecula Library Community Room, 30600 Pauba Road, Temecula, California 92592 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2nd Friday at the Temecula Library Contact: Barbara A. Perez:

Ventura County Genealogical Society www.venturacogensoc.org Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas, Camarillo, CA 93010 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 3rd Saturday at Camarillo Library Moderator: Teri Reynolds:

Colorado

Larimer County Genealogical Society (Fort Collins) https://www.lcgsco.org/ 6:30 pm last Monday of month Contact: Glenn York:

Longmont Genealogical Society (Longmont) http://longmontgenealogicalsociety.org/ After 1:00 pm general mtg; second Wednesday of month Contact:

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society (Colorado Springs) ppgs.org (click on Calendar) 7:00 pm 3rd Thursday; additional mtgs 2-3 times/yr, Penrose Library Contact:

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.

The meeting time and meeting location of the DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County (GSPBC) vary. Please go to Calendar & Events of GSPBC for scheduled meeting information, or contact the moderator, Larry Vick, at .

The DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota (GSS) in Sarasota County, Florida, 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 .

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 or visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/CIDNAGroup/ or our website at https://cidig.org/.

The Allen County Public Library's DNA Interest Group Meetings in Fort Wayne are the first Thursday of each month. Beginners session is 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Advanced is 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., although many people come/stay for both sessions. They are conducted by Sara Allen, Genealogy Center librarian and our DNA expert, and are held in The Genealogy Center's Discovery Center, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN. Our number is 260-421-1225, if anyone has any questions. http://www.genealogycenter.org/

Kansas

The Johnson County (Kansas) Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group meets at the Oak Park Library in Overland Park, Kansas. 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, Kansas, has a DNA SIG that meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month

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.

Maine

The Maine Genealogical DIG now has three meetings a month. The Lakes Region DIG meets the second Saturday of the month at the Gray Public Library, the Central Maine DIG meets the third Saturday of the month at the Winslow Library, and the Eastern Maine DIG meets the fourth Saturday of the Month at the Ellsworth Library. All the meetings are free, open to the public and are held 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

Maryland/DC

The Maryland 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

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society's DNA SIG meets the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30-3:30 at the Dennis Library. For more information, see http://www.capecodgenealogy.org/id.html.

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists DNA Special Interest Group meets 7 - 8 times a year usually on the 1st or 5th Saturday. We meet on weekday evenings on occasion. The meetings are at the Georgetown public library at 10AM Saturdays, 6:30PM week nights. See https://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/category/chapters/merrimack-valley/ for more information.

Michigan

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a DIG which meets at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Grand Rapids Public Library (111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503). The group meets in the VanderVeen Center for the Book on the 4th floor. The group discusses the use of Y-DNA (male) and mtDNA (mitochondrial - female), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) tests and their relationship to family history research. If you have questions or want more information, please contact Roger Moffat -

Minnesota

The Minnesota Genealogical Society's DNA Interest Group in Twin Cities was founded in 2014. Its purpose is to provide a forum for discussion and learning about DNA testing. Group members, who must be members of MGS, 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 http://www.mngs.org/cpage.php?pt=69 and Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/mgsdna.

New York

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island, New York, seeks to help members, and the public, understand how to use DNA to develop our Family Trees. We meet on the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am, except July and December. Meetings are open to the public. See https://dggli.wordpress.com/ for more information.

The Southern Tier Genealogical Society in Vestal in upstate New York has a DNA Interest Group that meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month. See our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1562253853831105/ for more information..

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.

The DNA Interest Group, sponsored by The Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society (FCGHS) in Columbus, Central 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 .

Oregon

Friends of Jackson County Genealogical Library (Medford) http://www.rvgsociety.org/Calendar.html Beginners & Advanced; see calendar of events Contact: Lorita Cushman:

Genealogical Forum of Oregon (Portland) gfo.org 9 am-12 pm; Beginners and Advanced The Genealogical Forum of Oregon DNA Interest Group is facilitated by Emily Aulicino and Tim Janzen. Meetings are held in January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November. They take place from 9.00 am - noon on the fourth Saturday of the month unless it is Thanksgiving weekend or a GFO Seminar. Presentations cover all aspects of genetic genealogy and provide a forum for discussion as well as time for answering any related questions. Anyone is allowed to attend any meeting and all are free. For further details please visit the GFO Calendar at http://gfo.org/learn/special-interest-groups/dna.html or email Emily at

Klamath Basin Genealogical Society (Klamath Falls) http://sites.rootsweb.com/~orkbgs/ sites.rootsweb.com/~orkbgs] 6 pm, 1st Thursday at Klamath County Public Library Contact: Susie Grohs:

Oregon Genealogical Society (Eugene) https://oregongs.org/ oregongs.org] In Calendar, do a search on DNA to find meetings at various sites

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (Medford) www.rvgsociety.org/Calendar.html Beginners & Advanced; see calendar of events Contact: Lorita Cushman: [email protected]

Pennsylvania

The Erie Society for Genealogical Research, Erie, Pennsylvania, DNA Special Interest Group meets monthly. The group leader is Helen Shimek. Sessions are geared towards beginners through experts and include some hands-on workshops. Meetings are held at the Erie County Blasco Library, 160 East Front St., Erie, PA 16507, and are free and open to the public. The focus of the group is using DNA, particularly autosomal DNA, to further genealogical research. Information about upcoming meetings can be found at https://genealogyerie.org. For more information contact Helen Shimek at

The North Hills Genealogists DNA SIG is focused on studying the use of DNA testing results as part of Genetic Genealogy research. The leader of this SIG is Ray Jones, PhD. We meet at Christ Episcopal Church (5910 Babcock Blvd 15237). Our meetings are usually on either the third Saturday afternoon (2:00-5:00) or Thursday evening (6:30-8:30) - See https://northhillsgenealogists.org/cpage.php?pt=75 for more information.

Texas

The Austin Genealogical Society's DNA SIG meets the first Wednesday of each month at PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Reviewing "The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” by Blaine T. Bettinger Open to Society members and non-members. See http://www.austintxgensoc.org/special-interest-groups/ for more information.

The Dallas Genealogical Society's DNA Interest Group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month (September to May) from 6:00 to 7:30pm at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Stone Room, on the 7th Floor. See http://dallasgenealogy.com/dgs/meetings-events/special-interest-groups/dna/ for more information.

The Williamson County Genealogical Society hosts a DNA Special Interest Group every month at the Round Rock Public Library in Meeting Room A from 7-9pm. See https://williamsontxgenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=13 for more information.

Utah

Utah Genealogy Association ugagenealogy.org 7 pm, 3rd Tuesday, virtual presentation. Left column, navigate to DNA Interest Group The UGA sponsors a monthly DNA interest group. Inactive as an in-person group but sponsors webinars and has a Facebook group. See https://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=378 for more information.

Virginia

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, Northern Virginia. 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

GRIVA (Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia) in Richmond has a DNA SIG that meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Richmond, VA Family History Center.

Washington

Seattle Genealogical Society seattlegenealogicalsociety.org Contact: Cary and Herb: The Seattle Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group meets quarterly on Saturdays (January, March, June and September). 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..

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