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DNA Interest Group

The MGS DNA Interest Group, approved in 2014, provides a forum for discussing and learning about DNA testing and its uses for genealogists and family history enthusiasts. The group meets ten times a year (skipping July and October). Meetings have been held online on the first Sunday of the month at 1 pm, except for months when the first Sunday falls during a holiday weekend.

The DNA Interest Group posts meeting and program information, along with DNA news of interest to members, in its private Facebook group.
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If you have any questions, we would like to hear from you:

Steps for using DNA in your genealogy:
  1. Decide what your objectives are for using DNA.
  2. Pick a testing company.
  3. Take a test.
  4. Upload your autosomal test results to additional sites such as FTDNA, MyHeritage, or
  5. Analyze your match data and contact your matches.

Here are some DNA resources


(for your convenience in locating these books, links are to Neither MGS nor the DNA Interest Group endorses this supplier.):  


Informational websites

Testing info

Testing company websites

Analysis tools

  • GEDMatch—free utility site for comparing autosomal DNA files from most testing companies, also comparing GEDCOM files, many useful tools.
  • DNAGedcom—site created to help users quickly analyze data from FTDNA, 23andMe, GEDMatch, and MyHeritage. There are tools for comparing GEDCOMs, grouping DNA data together in a visually appealing manner, and triangulating and comparing segments chromosome by chromosome without a spreadsheet. 
  • Genealogical DNA Analysis Tool—free desktop tool for managing autosomal DNA comparisons and identifying common ancestors. 
  • Charting Companion from Progeny Genealogy—desktop application (available for Windows only) for creating charts including x-chromosome charts. Cost: about $35.
  • DNAPainter —user-friendly online tool for mapping chromosome segments to ancestors. Also provides research tools for analyzing cM shared with matches.

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