DNA Special Interest Group

DNA Resources here on the VCGS Website

Upcoming Meetings – DNA SIG meetings, from the Events Page
DNA Launch Pad – Recommended Reading on the World Wide Web
Handouts – PDF Handouts from our monthly meetings


The VCGS DNA Special Interest Group consists of those interested in pursuing this interesting and challenging new technology and reaping the benefits of DNA testing and analysis. The group has been meeting on a regular basis since about 2007 when Y-DNA was the only genetic genealogy test commercially available. Now tests have expanded to include mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA, and prices have dropped significantly.

DNA analysis for genealogy, also known as genetic genealogy, is a relatively new tool in the serious genealogist’s toolbox. Although DNA analysis will not magically populate your pedigree with your ancestors’ names, it may connect you with cousins of all degrees, each one of whom may help to fill in another branch of your family tree. Or you may be able to “pay it forward” by helping a cousin to break down a brick wall of his or her own.

Anyone interested in the intersection of DNA and genealogy is welcome to attend our meetings. Meetings are generally held monthly and are open to all VCGS members and the general public. The meeting locations and times may vary, so please check the schedule (linked above) carefully.

Please join us at a DNA SIG meeting.

 – Don Worth, Chair

– Teri Reynolds, 2014-2020 
– Phil Crow, 2009-2014 
– Brenda Ball, 2007-2009

Please note that VCGS is an affiliate of Family Tree DNA. If you make a purchase after following the link at left, the VCGS Group Project will receive a small rebate; this will not increase the cost to you. You may join the VCGS Group Project - in fact, we would love to have you! - but it is not required.