MGS 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.
If you have any questions, we would like to hear from you:
Here are some DNA resources:
Books (for your convenience in locating these books, links are to Neither MGS nor the DNA Interest Group endorses this supplier.):  
Informational websites:
  • How-To DNA, how-to videos and podcasts that help you understand DNA, launched by Blaine Bettinger
  • "Chromosomes and Inheritance" information website from the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah
Analysis tools:
  • GEDMatch --free utility site for comparing autosomal DNA files from all three 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. 
  • Genomemate --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. 
Facebook pages and groups: many, including  
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
  5. Analyze your match data and contact your matches.