The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation
(SMGF) is combining two of the latest genealogical developments—DNA testing and online social networking—in its partnership with the GeneTree
beta Web site.
Users can sign up for a free GeneTree account and create home pages with photos, family trees, multimedia and DNA results. All named ancestors automatically get pages, too, which families can add to. A niftily named tool called DNAvigator searches the SMGF mitochondrial (mt) DNA test results database
for matches to yours, then compares the associated lineages and locations, and presents the results “in an intuitive visual representation” like the one here. Matching people can get in touch through GeneTree.
You also can order mtDNA tests, which both men and women can take, through GeneTree. Y-DNA tests will soon be available for men.
Some who contributed DNA samples to the SMGF databases—those who requested test kits before Oct. 22 of this year, and send in their samples before Nov. 22—are eligible to receive their test results for a processing fee. That includes participants back in the early days of the project, when it was hosted by Brigham Young University, says SMGF spokesperson Peggy Hayes. Learn more by calling (800) 344-7643 or e-mailing SMGF
SMGF, the nonprofit arm of Sorenson Companies, has been collecting researchers’ DNA samples and associated family tree information for years to build its free Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA databases
. GeneTree used to offer paternity testing, but now Sorenson's IdentiGene
division has taken over that business.