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Genetic Genealogy is the use of DNA testing to aide traditional genealogical research. It does not replace research, but helps prove or disprove its accuracy. All records are man-made and subject to errors. Since time began our ancestors have taken in the neighbor’s children to raise when needed and no records exist for all those “adoptions.” For these reasons our research cannot and does not always reflect our lineage accurately. Now Genetic Genealogy can help. Visit our classes and learn more.

The DNA Interest Group is divided into a Beginner’s group and a more advanced group. Each has their own schedule with four meetings per year, and both are facilitated by Emily Aulicino (e-mail: Presentations cover all aspects of Genetic Genealogy with a focus on the basics for the beginner’s class and more advanced techniques for the more advanced group. Each meeting attempts to provide a forum for discussion as well as time for answering any related questions. Meetings are held at the GFO Library, with the Beginner’s class (listed as DNA Basics on the GFO Calendar) scheduled for February, May, August and November, and the more advanced class (listed as DNA Advanced on the GFO Calendar) scheduled for January, April, July, and October.

Presentations cover all aspects of Genetic Genealogy and provide a forum for discussion as well as time for answering any related questions.

Visit the GFO Calendar and click on the DNA Interest Group for the current agenda.

The following are some of the topics which may be covered over the year, but not in this order.

  1. Basics of DNA (as needed)
  2. Understanding the tests & testing companies
  3. How DNA helps genealogy
  4. Understanding your test results
  5. How to become a project administrator
  6. Tips for maintaining a DNA project and recruiting new members
  7. DNA book recommendations and discussions
  8. Being pro-active genetic genealogists
  9. DNA and Privacy concerns
  10. Y-chromosome DNA and Mitochondrial DNA
  11. Bio-geographical DNA
  12. Autosomal DNA, including the X-chromosome
  13. Chromosome mapping
  14. Third-party tools for genetic genealogists
  15. Share test results and answer the question: What do I do now?

The GFO DNA Project was created in November 2005 in conjunction with Family Tree DNA to provide a temporary “home” for anyone who wishes to test (member or non-member of GFO) and to receive group rates. Testing through GFO provides a small income to help support the GFO General Fund. Complete the steps below in order to join the GFO project.


  1. Go to:
  2. Click on theFamily Tree DNA icon in the middle of the page to the right.
  3. Once you get there, click on REQUEST TO JOIN THIS GROUP
  5. Then scroll down on the next page and complete the form. If you have questions about the form or what test to order, just email.

For questions email Emily at