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.

Next Meeting: Help! When You Need Somebody

Presenter: Stephanie Saylor
Date and Time: Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5254810545134191105

Stephanie Saylor Discover resources that will help you shed your questions and find the power to conquer your genealogical concerns in “Help when you Need Somebody.” Stephanie Saylor enjoys helping others who have an interest in genealogy use biology and genetics gain the confidence needed to further their research goals.

Please share this url with your friends and collegues who might be interested in attending: https://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=378.


We are always working on our lineup of presenters and material for our webinars. We welcome any suggestions on presentations and presenters from our volunteers, member, or anyone! To collect information on who people would like to hear from and on what topics we have several different methods for collecting information.


Tell us who you want to hear from and what you want to hear about, using our survey!


The “UGA - DNA Special Interest Group” Facebook Group is here. The Facebook group is open to UGA members and non-members alike.

  • Gives regular updates on upcoming presentations and presenters and give a sneak peek at the handouts before the presentation!
  • Will soon have links to several great resources, tools, and blogs to help you further your genetic genealogy.
  • Provides the DNA Special Interest group a place to share information, resources and ask each other questions.

If you do not use then sign-up for the DNA Special Interest Group Mailing List to get the latest news on what’s happening with the DNA special Interest Group so that you will be able to attend and benefit from our webinars and resources.

Call for Publications

Share your experience with genetic genealogy and how it has expanded your genealogical research by submitting an article on your experience, a ‘how to’ on how you solved you seeming genetic glitch, or a hint from your future self to help a younger you further their research. Do not be shy, we have people here willing to help you share what you have learned. We are willing to help you review, and edit your work!

To submit an article on genetic genealogy for publication on our Facebook page, UGA Blog, UGA Newsletter, or in the Crossroads UGA’s quarterly publication please email Stephanie Saylor (DNAspecialist@FoundingFamilyLines.com) so that we can edit and assist you in sharing your knowledge with the DNA Special Interest Group.

Call for Presentations

Using DNA tools, DNA testing, and DNA groups to solve a genealogical problem can be confusing. Come divulge the secrets of your success with the UGA DNA Special Interest group! To submit a proposal to give a webinar for the UGA DNA Special Interest Group, please email Stephanie Saylor with the information requested in our presentation proposal form. You will need to download the PDF to save your responses. Please review an example of a completed presentation proposal form.

UGA DNA Special Interest Group Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer with the UGA DNA Special Interest Group please contact Stephanie Saylor at dnaspecialist@foundingfamilylines.com.

Mary Jane Saylor

Mary Jane Saylor is the new UGA Board Member overseeing the UGA DNA Special Interest Group. She has been volunteering with UGA for the last four years and is a veteran of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) where she has successfully served as the assistant registrar and the media coordinator. She also served the First Families of Utah Project where she helped to expand and revitalize the program. Feel free to peruse her recent posts to the FoundingFamilyLines.com website where she writes about her family history!

Stephanie Saylor

Stephanie Saylor is the organizer for the UGA DNA Special Interest Group as well as a presenter. She holds a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and actively worked in research for several years before completing several genetic-genealogical-related courses, including the Advanced DNA course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Advanced DNA Practicum at the Forensic Genealogy Institute. Presentations and workshops combine her DNA background with a firm belief in sound research and a love of genealogy.

Danni Altman-Newell

Danni Altman-Newell is media guru and genealogy blogger from Kansas who is willing to bring the skills she has honed developing conferences for a non-profit to our Special Interest Group! You can read about her genealogical journey on her blog at talkingboxgenealogy.com, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Rita Barredo

Rita is the assistant registrar for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and holds a master's degree in Public History, Accounting and Business Administration. She has been researching genealogy for 15 years mainly in Connecticut, but also does research in New England and Italy. Check out her APG profile!

Woody Belzer

Woody Belzer is passionate about learning his family’s history not just dates and names but who our ancestors were. He loves looking at events in history and understanding how they can not only augment our understanding of what our ancestors were experiencing but uses that knowledge to find additional documentation to prove that they existed. He is starting to integrate DNA into his search for his personal family’s history in his search for the stories that bind him to his ancestors.