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DNA - Beginners & Advanced

These groups meet online.

Genetic Genealogy is the use of DNA testing to aid 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 class and learn more…

The DNA Interest Group is facilitated by Emily Aulicino, Dr. Tim Janzen, and Lisa McCullough. Presentations cover all aspects of Genetic Genealogy and provide a forum for discussion as well as time for answering any related questions. Meetings are held at the GFO Library on the following the schedule, although from time to time the schedule is adjusted so, please be sure to check the GFO Calendar to catch the next meeting for this group.  Typically, the schedule is as follows:

  • Advanced DNA Group Meetings: The 4th Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon (Pacific Time):  January, April, July, and October.
  • Beginner DNA Group Meetings: The 4th Saturday for the following months from 9 a.m. to noon (Pacific Time):  February, May, August, and November.

Anyone can attend any group.  All meetings are free and available to GFO members and non-GFO members. Please go to the Calendar on the GFO website for the meeting and download any available handouts and the evaluation form for each meeting.  Bring them with you to the meeting.

The following are some of the topics we will cover over the year, but not in this order.

  • Basics of DNA (as needed)
  • Understanding the tests & testing companies
  • How DNA helps genealogy
  • Understanding your test results
  • How to become a project administrator
  • Tips for maintaining a DNA project and recruiting new members
  • DNA book recommendations and discussions
  • Being pro-active genetic genealogists
  • DNA and Privacy concerns
  • Y-chromosome DNA and Mitochondrial DNA
  • Bio-geographical DNA
  • Autosomal DNA, including the X-chromosome
  • Chromosome mapping
  • Third-party tools for genetic genealogists
  • Share test results and answer the question: What do I do now?

The GFO DNA Project

The GFO DNA Project was created in November 2005 in conjunction with FamilyTreeDNA to provide a temporary “home” for anyone who wishes to test (member or non-member of GFO). Complete the steps below in order to join the GFO project.


  1. Go to: GFO DNA Project
  2. Once you get there, click on 'JOIN'
  3. Then click on 'Purchase a Test to Join this Project'
  4. Select a test and complete the firm. If you have questions about the form or what test to order, just email.

If you would like more information about this group or have questions, please contact the facilitators via email.

Useful Websites for DNA Research: click here.