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:
- 1 Australia
- 1.1 Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
- 1.2 New South Wales, Bathurst
- 1.3 New South Wales, Botany Bay
- 1.4 New South Wales, Port Macquarie
- 1.5 New South Wales, Sydney
- 1.6 New South Wales, Tomaree
- 1.7 Queensland, Brisbane (Gaythorne)
- 1.8 Queensland, Brisbane (Wishart)
- 1.9 Queensland, Cairns
- 1.10 Queensland, Central Queensland (Rockhampton)
- 1.11 Queensland, Sunshine Coast
- 1.12 Queensland, Townsville
- 1.13 South Australia, Adelaide
- 1.14 Victoria, Melbourne
- 1.15 Western Australia, Perth
- 2 Canada
- 3 New Zealand
- 4 United Kingdom
- 5 USA
- 5.1 Phoenix, Arizona
- 5.2 Youngtown, Arizona
- 5.3 Southern California - LA Area
- 5.4 Southern California - LA Area (Culver City)
- 5.5 Southern California - Orange County Area
- 5.6 Southern California - San Diego Area
- 5.7 Southern California - Santa Barbara
- 5.8 Southern California - Temecula - Riverside County
- 5.9 Southern California - Ventura County
- 5.10 Northern California - Marin County
- 5.11 Northern California - Monterey County
- 5.12 Northern California-Nevada County
- 5.13 Northern California-San Ramon Valley
- 5.14 Northern California - Shasta County
- 5.15 Colorado Springs, Colorado
- 5.16 Central Florida - The Villages, Florida
- 5.17 Palm Beach County, Florida
- 5.18 Sarasota County, Florida
- 5.19 Central Indiana
- 5.20 Fort Wayne, Indiana
- 5.21 Johnson County, Kansas
- 5.22 Wichita, Kansas
- 5.23 Louisville, Kentucky
- 5.24 Maine
- 5.25 Maryland/DC
- 5.26 Cape Cod, Massachusetts
- 5.27 Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts
- 5.28 Grand Rapids, Michigan
- 5.29 Twin Cities, Minnesota
- 5.30 Long Island, New York
- 5.31 Southwest Ohio
- 5.32 Central Ohio
- 5.33 Medford, Oregon
- 5.34 Portland, Oregon
- 5.35 Erie, Pennsylvania
- 5.36 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- 5.37 Austin, Texas
- 5.38 Dallas, Texas
- 5.39 Williamson County, Texas
- 5.40 Utah - Salt Lake/Utah County area
- 5.41 Northern Virginia/Maryland/DC
- 5.42 Richmond, Virginia
- 5.43 Seattle, Washington
- 5.44 Google + Group for DNA/Genetic Genealogy Interest Group Leaders
Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra has a DNA special interest group. For details, refer to the HAGSOC website or email .
New South Wales, Bathurst
The Bathurst Family History Group has started a DNA interest group. For details, please make contact through the BFHG website.
New South Wales, Botany Bay
The Botany Bay Family History Society has a DNA interest group. For details, refer to the BBFHS website.
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.
New South Wales, Tomaree
The Tomaree Family History Group now has a DNA interest group. For details, please make contact through the TFHG website.
Queensland, Brisbane (Gaythorne)
The 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 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
Queensland, Central Queensland (Rockhampton)
The Central Queensland Family History Association in Rockhampton started a DNA Interest Group in 2018. For details, please make contact through the CQFHA website.
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
The Family History Association of North Queensland has 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.
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
The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc has a DNA Special Interest Group that meets monthly. For details refer to the WAGS website.
Calgary, 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.)
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.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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/.
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 .
North Island, Papamoa
The Papamoa Branch of the NZSG 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.
North Island, Te Awamutu
The Te Awamutu Branch of the NZSG has established a DNA support group. For details, refer to the NZSG Te Awamutu Branch website.
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.
England - Midlands
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.
East Valley DNA Interest Groups meet 1st Thursday each month, 6:30 pm-7:15 pm Beginners, 7:15-8:25 pm Intermediate at the Mesa FamilySearch Library auditorium, 464 E. 1st Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85201. All are welcome! We will not meet in December or July. Mesa FamilySearch Library Join the email list for occasional handouts and Intermediate group topics:
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/.
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 from 1pm to 4pm on the third Saturday every month except December. If interested, please contact Kathleen at . See http://nsdcgs.org/dig/ for more information.
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 https://maringensoc.wildapricot.org/DNA_Interest_Group. Please contact Vernon with questions at
Northern California - Monterey County
The Monterey County Genealogical Society's DNA Special Interest Group meets most months on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Seaside. For more information and to sign up for the mailing list contact Barbara Rae-Venter at GenealogyConsult.com.
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-San Ramon Valley
The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society offers an advanced DNA SIG the third Monday of every month at 1:00pm at the Danville Family History Center. This SIG assumes a basic knowledge of Genealogical DNA testing and therefore is only open to those who have completed the SRVGS Intro to DNA class or an approved equivalent. Mark McLaren is SIG Leader. You may contact Mark at: . For more information, see http://srvgensoc.org/sig.html.
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.
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
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 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 .
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 .
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.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Allen County Public Library's DNA Interest Group Meetings 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/
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
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.
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
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
Cape Cod, 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.
Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts
The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Masschusetts 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.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Western Michigan Genealogical Society DIG 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 -
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, 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.
Long Island, New York
The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island 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.
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) 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 .
The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society in Medford, OR has two DNA groups. The Advanced DNA group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:30pm and the Genetic Genealogy group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30am. Both meet at the Genealogy Library. See http://www.rvgsociety.org/ for more information.
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon DNA Interest Group meeting in Portland, Oregon, 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
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.
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.
Williamson County, Texas
WCGS 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 - 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 as an in-person group but sponsors webinars and has a Facebook group. See https://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=378 for more information.
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
GRIVA (Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia) has a DNA SIG that meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Richmond, VA Family History Center.
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. For more information write to . The society's website can be found at http://www.seattlegenealogicalsociety.org.
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