Saturday, June 02, 2012

Status of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, SMGF,genetic genealogy DNA Databases and GeneTree

Like many other people I participated in the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, Y DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA testing program.  Recently some of the principal people involved in that program moved to and their DNA Ancestry program.  I wrote to the SMGF to ask about the status of their databases. With their permission, their reply is printed below :

Hello Steven,

Yes, the databases have been transferred to GeneTree will not be continuing; they have stopped taking orders and in the near future will be taken down. There are not plans to automatically 'convert' GeneTree accounts into accounts, so GeneTree customers will need to move their information over to Ancestry on an individual basis.

As far as the autosomal database is concerned, our autosomal tests were generated with older technology, making them incompatible with current industry standards. Therefore, they are not included in the autosomal service offered by AncestryDNA. We also don't plan on making them available via
Best regards,


As of today, 1 June 2012, the Y DNA and mtDNA databases are still available at the SMGF site: If you have tested I suggest you go and download your results and your matches. It is my understanding that people will be able to remove their results from the databases if they so desire.


napobo3 said...

Will all samples that weren't tested yet for m- and Y-DNA be destroyed?

Glenn said...

Can you tell us how to download results & matches from the Sorenson?

Ben Baker said...

Does anyone know if it will still be possible to unlock results from the Sorensen databases that haven't been unlocked yet? Genetree offered this for $50 before.

Unknown said...

Does anyone know if Ancestry is planning on allowing people to continue to unlock SMGF results that were never unlocked before? Genetree offered this service before, but it's not clear what may occur after the acquisition.

Steven C Perkins said...

Ben (and anyone else with questions about SMGF):

I think your best course of action is to email

I have found that they usually respond within 48 hours to an email question.

Please let us know what they say.

Good Luck!