British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

DNA Research Guide

DNA — our natural source of genealogical information
We inherit our DNA from our biological parents. By comparing our DNA with that of others we can find, confirm, or disprove relationships. By comparing our DNA with that of homogenous groups we can gain insight into ethnic ancestry.

Our DNA Interest Group meets every other month at the City of Ottawa Central Archives to share experiences, information, and ideas about the use of DNA evidence in exploring family history. We invite BIFHSGO members and non-members to join us.
Our meetings are open to BIFHSGO members and non-members. Visit the Meetings page to learn about the date of our next meeting. For more information, please contact us at
Books we recommend
  • Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project. The Landmark DNA Quest to Decipher Our Distant Past, Spenser Wells
  • DNA and Social Networking, Debbie Kennett
  • Forensic Genealogy, Colleen Fitzpatrick
  • Trace Your Roots with DNA, Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner
For those developing an interest in the application of DNA to genealogical research.
  • Double Helix, James D. Watson
  • Genetics for Dummies, Tara Rodden Robinson
  • Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes
A more comprehensive list of books is available on the International Society of Genetic Genealogy's Wiki.
Our group members’ websites and blogs
Resources and handouts from our meetings