DNA Special Interest Group

Purpose and Vision Statement

The Utah Genealogical Association DNA Special Interest Group seeks to provide genealogical information, sources and education through personal instruction and published media on family history topics while promoting high standards and ethical practices.


What to Do with Your Test Results

Presenter: Kitty Cooper
Date and Time: Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Kitty Cooper Kitty Munson Cooper is well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. Kitty started programming computers in 1966 while still in high school. In her spare time, she has created many tools for the genetic genealogy community for displaying pictures of whom their DNA is from, showing overlapping segments, and grouping the DNA overlaps.

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Lakeside, California (East San Diego County) with her husband Steve and their dog Kyndra. They have over an acre and more than 20 fruit trees. Gardening is another hobby of hers.

Most recently she traveled to Norway and visited many of the farms of her ancestors and finally met in person many of her 3rd, 4th, and 5th cousins, most discovered with DNA testing.


Understanding DNA for Genealogy

Presenter: Jim Brewster
Date and Time: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8917770861999669762

Jim Brewster DNA testing is becoming an integral tool in the genealogist tool kit, but what is it and what does it do? How can DNA actually help your genealogy? We will discuss the three basic types of DNA for genetic genealogy (autosomal, Y DNA, and mtDNA) and what they can tell you. If you are brand new to Genetic genealogy, “Understanding DNA for Genealogy” is the class for you!


Discovering John Huber Christopher

Presenter: Eric Wells
Date and Time: Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 7 to 8pm MT
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Eric Wells Follow a case study that uses autosomal DNA and yDNA through Alabama and Georgia from gathering needed records, forming a hypothesis, testing it, to finally painting a picture of an ancestor’s life. Eric Wells shows how DNA plays an integral part in “Discovering John Huber Christopher” and finding what can be done in the future to discover more of his missing ancestry.


Cruising the Chromosomes

Presenter: Stephanie Saylor
Date and Time: Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018
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Stephanie Saylor Please join us as we learn from Stephanie Saylor, on the 17th of July, from 7-8pm in her presentation “Cruising the Chromosomes!” Stephanie Saylor will demonstrate the use of several chromosomes browsers and lead the class through activities to help them become familiar with using chromosome browsers in personal genealogical research.


Obtaining and Using mtDNA and Y-DNA Evidence

Presenter: Blaine Bettinger
Date and Time: Tuesday, 21 August 2018, 7 to 8pm MT
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Blaine Bettinger Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., has been a genealogist for more than 25 years, and took his first DNA test in 2003. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. Y-DNA and mtDNA are two DNA tests that could possible clarify your research questions. “Obtaining and Using mtDNA and Y-DNA Evidence” is a straightforward presentation explaining the use of these DNA tests and how you can use them in your genealogical research followed by a question and Answer session with Blaine Bettinger. Registration is open to UGA members only, to register sign in at UGAgenealogy.org.


Introduction to Genetic Networks

Presenter: Paul Woodbury
Date and Time: Tuesday, 18 Sep 2018
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Paul Woodbury You have your DNA test results, but how do you interpret them? How do you use them in the resolution of your research questions? In “Introduction to Genetic Networks,” Paul Woodbury discusses efficient and effective organization of your DNA test results through network analysis. Reviews of elements and examples of networks will be followed by a live demonstration of network construction.


DNA Testing for Beginners

Presenter: Eric Wells
Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
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Eric Wells takes you on a tour of the very basics of what you need to know in ”DNA testing for Beginners.” He will discuss DNA testing companies, what you can expect to see when you get your results, what kinds of DNA tests are available, and outline places you can look to find more information when you are ready to learn more.


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