23 June 2015

Sorenson Molecular Genetics Foundation Database Shutdown last month

Above is what one currently finds when accessing Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF).  Ancestry.com closed down the website last month.

You can learn more about SMGF at ISOGG.

Judy G Russell, The Legal Genealogist, discusses the shutdown in Of babies and bathwater as does Dick Eastman in Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation DNA Database has been Shut Down, while Roberta Estes talk about some of the context that spurred the shutdown in her post RIP Sorenson – A Crushing Loss.  Do read these articles to learn more about the history of SMGF, the recent controversy and the ensuing shutdown.  As always, check out the comments posted to the various blog posts.

For now, the donated DNA which comprised this database is in limbo.  “There are no plans to destroy the DNA that was contributed, but have no plans to make the service available in the future.”

In case you were worried about any DNA testing with Ancestry, even though the SMGF DNA database has been shutdown, this has absolutely nothing to do with the current Ancestry DNA offerings.  

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