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. Kathy Reed, Director at Large for the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, is chairing this DNA Interest Group. To be placed on the email list, please send an email to DNA.interest@hcgsohio.org. Your 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.
All meetings are held at the MidPointe Library in West Chester from 7:00 - 8:45 PM.
Meeting Dates for 2018
February 13, 2018 - Revisiting Gedmatch - This talk will be a deep dive into Gedmatch, including Tier 1 tools, and Gedmatch Genesis. Kathy Reed will be the presenter.
April 10, 2018 - Discussion of dnagedcom.com
June 12, 2018 - Finding William Jones by Using a Variety of DNA Tools. Jon Nedry will be the speaker.
August 14, 2018 - Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy presented by Kathy Reed.
October 16, 2018 - Mitochondrial DNA and Genetic Genealogy by Kathy Reed.
December 11, 2018 
Links to SWOHDNA Videos 
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 three blog posts that do an excellent job of describing the limitations of using DNA to determine ethnicity/admixture.
White Papers
Each company publishes a “White Paper” that details how ethnicity estimates are determined. Reference populations are listed.
Recently published books
The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger. Check Amazon.com.
Genetic Genealogy in Practice
Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2016) by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne.
page modified: 07/30/2018