Hamilton County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 15865
Cincinnati, Ohio 45215-0865
Telephone:  (513) 956-7078

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A chapter of the
Ohio Genealogical Society

DNA Interest Group

Welcome to the page of the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group (SWOHDNA)
 
This group was organized to serve the needs of genealogists in the Greater Cincinnati area who are interested in learning how DNA can enhance their genealogical research. We have members from Hamilton, Butler, Hamilton, Warren, Clermont, and Montgomery Counties in Ohio, as well as a member from northern Kentucky. Both Pam White, president of the Butler County Genealogical Society, and Kathy Reed, Program Director of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, are co-chairing the DNA Interest Group. To be placed on the email list, please send an email to programs@hcgsohio.org. You name will be added to the email list, as well as a google group, SWOHDNA. This page allows members of this group to interact with each other in-between meetings. You can choose if you want to receive emails from other members in this group.
 
January Work Session
On Tuesday, January 31st from 7:00 - 8:45, we will have a "work session" at the MIdPointe Library in West Chester, Ohio. Bring your laptop or other device and questions about using autosomal DNA. We will rely on the expertise of other group members to solve problems you may be experiencing.
 
Meeting Dates for 2017
February 14th – Using your FTDNA and 23andme results.
April 11th – Introduction to Gedmatch
June 13th
August 15th
October 10th  
 
All meetings are scheduled for the MidPointe Library on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:45.       
 
Resources for Genetic Genealogy
Here is a list of sources that can be quite beneficial to those interested in using DNA to enhance their genealogy. The most comprehensive and useful link is to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. It is free to join this organization. They have a facebook page and an ISOGG Wiki containing up-to-date and valuable information.
 
International Society of Genetic Genealogy
 
Judy Russell – The Legal Genealogist
Judy Russell has two blog posts that do an excellent job of describing the limitations of using DNA to determine ethnicity/admixture.
 
“Admixture: It’s Not Soup Yet”
Judy Russell – The Legal Genealogist “Those percentages, if you must”
 
White Papers
Each company publishes a “White Paper” that details how ethnicity estimates are determined. Reference populations are listed.
Ancestry.com
23andme.com
FTDNA.com
 
Recently published books:
The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger. Check Amazon.com.
 
Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2016) by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne. Currently available only through NGS.
 
 
Updated 12/20/2016