Ancestry.com Acquisition Means Changes at GeneTree and SMGF.org

Ancestry.com Acquisition Means Changes at GeneTree and SMGF.org

GeneTree, the genetic genealogy and family tree building site Ancestry.com acquired earlier this year, will close. Customers received e-mail notification to download DNA results and pedigree before Jan. 1, 2013. An FAQ page on Ancestry.com contains instructions for customers to download information from GeneTree and, if...

GeneTree, the genetic genealogy and family tree building site Ancestry.com acquired earlier this year, will close. Customers received e-mail notification to download DNA results and pedigree before Jan. 1, 2013.

An FAQ page on Ancestry.com contains instructions for customers to download information from GeneTree and, if they want, upload it to Ancestry.com (you can opt for a free guest account instead of a paid subscription).

If you’ve ordered a test from GeneTree or have questions about transferring your information to Ancestry.com, see this FAQ page on GeneTree.com.

As part of the deal, Ancestry.com also acquired the DNA assets of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, which has collected DNA results and associated family tree data for 12 years. The Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA results databases on the smgf.org website will no longer be updated, but they’ll continue to be available.

From the SMGF.org statement:

SMGF has decided that AncestryDNA? is better positioned to provide the benefit to the public that is central to SMGF’s mission. For this reason, SMGF’s DNA-related assets were acquired by AncestryDNA in March 2012. SMGF is very excited to join AncestryDNA , and we are confident that the pioneering work begun at SMGF will continue to grow and have an even greater impact on the future scientific understanding and public outreach of genetic genealogy.

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  1. Hi, Jeff,
    Looks like they’re sending invites as they can handle the demand. The frustration is understandable though, when you’re hearing about all the features of the test and what everyone else’s results are.