Minnesota Genealogical Society

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Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
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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 on the first Sunday of the month at 1 pm except for July and September, when it meets on the second Sunday.

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If you have any questions, we would like to hear from you: dnaig@mngs.org

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 FTDNA and GEDmatch.com.
  5. Analyze your match data and contact your matches.

Here are some DNA resources

Books

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

Blogs

Informational websites

Testing info

Testing company websites

Analysis tools

  • GEDMatch --free utility site for comparing autosomal DNA files from most testing companies and also comparing GEDCOM files, with other useful tools.
  • DNAGedcom --site created to help users quickly analyze data from FTDNA and 23andMe. 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. 
  • Genome Mate Pro --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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