The non-profit foundation was established by biotech billionaire James LeVoy Sorenson to foster good will among humankind by showing scientifically how closely related each person is to every other. “Thanks for providing such a useful resource for the readers of Family Tree magazine,” wrote editor Allison Stacy in her congratulatory letter to SMGF.

SMGF uses molecular genealogy to link individuals to their ancestors using genetic profiles, a method of investigation that eliminates guesswork and dead-ends caused by surname changes and missing historical records. Through the foundation’s Web site, deep ancestry breakthroughs to particular people and surnames in distant countries that were unthinkable only a few years ago are now occurring.

“We are delighted to be recognized as one of the most useful ancestry Web sites by an organization like Family Tree magazine, which is so well-respected and knowledgeable about the industry,” said Scott Woodward, executive director of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and one of the world’s leading researchers in genetic genealogy. “It is remarkable to see how ancestry research has changed in the past two-to-three years. Many people are now learning that genetic genealogy helps them leap traditional research barriers and gain important insights into their family histories.”

Any individual can query the SMGF database for genetic-genealogy information for free by obtaining his or her DNA profile from a commercial genomics laboratory and then entering the results into the Web site’s database search menu. A DNA sample is usually taken with a simple swab of the inside of the consumer’s cheek. For those who wish to contribute their records to the foundation’s database, the process is free, convenient and confidential. Simply request a kit on the SMGF Web site and then submit a DNA sample and an accompanying four-generation pedigree chart. As SMGF’s free database grows, personal genealogy success stories become more frequent.

About Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation

Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF), a non-profit research organization, is the pioneer in the rapidly developing fields of genetic genealogy and DNA analysis. Combining powerful new DNA research with conventional genealogy, SMGF has created a potent new “Rosetta Stone” of genetic understanding that connects individuals throughout the world with their ancestors and living relatives. SMGF has created the world’s largest repository of correlated genetic and genealogical information — more than five million total ancestors’ names representing linked DNA samples and pedigree charts from 172 countries, or more than half of the nations of the world.

in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News