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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.):
- Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist, (one of our 2016 North Star speakers)
- CeCe Moore, Your Genetic Genealogist
- Roberta Estes, DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy
- Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, (our 2014 North Star speaker)
- Emily Aulicino, DNA - Genealem's Genetic Genealogy
- Jim Bartlett, Segment-ology
- Shannon Christmas, Through the Trees
- Kitty Cooper, Kitty Cooper's Blog: Musings on Genealogy, Genetics, and Gardening
- Debbie Parker Wayne, Deb's Delvings in Genealogy
- How-To DNA, howtodna.com 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
Testing company websites:
- 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:
- Decide what your objectives are for using DNA.
- Pick a testing company.
- Take a test.
- Upload your autosomal test results to FTDNA and GEDmatch.com.
- Analyze your match data and contact your matches.