Southern California Genealogical Society DNA Project- Background



California DNA Interest Group, SCGS, Southern California


Recognizing the importance of DNA testing to the field of genealogy and family research, the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library decided to partner with the Family Tree DNA testing service to provide reduced pricing for our testers and to encourage this form of research.

We have regular training through our DNA Interest Group to help participants understand their results so check our website at

An excellent tutorial on DNA is found on the Blair Surname site called DNA 101. Recommended books for understanding DNA are: Debbie Kennett, DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century, Colleen Fitzpatrick & Andrew Yeiser, DNA & Genealogy, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner, Trace Your Roots with DNA. Books featuring DNA in the British Isles and Ireland are: Stephen Oppenheimer, The Origins of the British Bryan Sykes, Saxons, Vikings and Celts (published in Great Britain as Blood of the Isles). See also for many additional resources.

If you still have questions, contact:
Bonny Cook - cookdna at
Kathy Johnston - kjohns7900 at
Steve Trangsrud steve.trangsrud at
Alice Fairhurst – alicefairhurst at or
Doug Miller - djmill at

Please note that the FTDNA Surname Group Administrators are not FTDNA employees. They do not receive any form of financial payment or any other incentive or reimbursement.

General Fund

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 32
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 91
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 189
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 113
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 419
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 20
Maternal Ancestor Information 531
mtDNA 556
mtDNA Full Sequence 193
mtDNA Plus 380
mtDNA Subgroups 20
Paternal Ancestor Information 814
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 80
Total Members 1086
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 52
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 78
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 25
Y-DNA Subgroups 31
Y-DNA111 87
Y-DNA12 736
Y-DNA25 693
Y-DNA37 658
Y-DNA67 335