This organization asks you to try to document 4 generations of your family,
however they waive this if your family comes from Europe. From what I
understand from the documents I received, they may have researchers attempt
to complete any unfinished or incomplete pedigrees you submit.
I tried to find further information about this oraganization and have a link
for a news articleI found through google.
As well, they have a searchable data base using either DNA results or
through a father's suranme at http://www.smgf.org/pages/ydatabase.jspx
Yes, they do assign a number to you and this will be your only identifier.
Now I don't know how this will help me doing online research. I'll try to
see if I can get more answers by getting in touch with one of their
contacts. They've stated in a letter I received that they encourage and
will help with any questions you may have.
Subject: Re: [bukowsko_triangle] Free DNA Testing
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 04:23:21 +0000
I personally don't think there are any negatives for your participation. I
went to a genealogy conference in SLC a few years ago and they had a booth
set up taking DNA samples. I guess that I forgot it was a mouth wash type
of collection. As I remember, they also required 4 generations of your
family to be documented. The booth was only set up for one day and I missed
the opportunity. Does your kit have a number on it? Will you at a future
time be able to look up that number?
-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Julie Finczak" <julliefishes@...
> Hi Everyone,
> I've read Roman's response about not receiving the DNA results from the
> Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation global database, if one
> and submits their sample of DNA.
> Can anyone tell me what might be the negatives of participating in this
> study? I was under the impression that I would be able to search their
> database in the future for family connections.
> A couple of days ago, I received the collection kit and was quite
> with the packaging. The cost of the package and mailing must be quite
> to them. As well, they have sent me an email (see below) encouraging me
> order additional kits for other family members at no cost.
> The collection kit kind of surprised me , since I was expecting a swab
> of implement to remove a sample from my mouth, but instead received a
> containing containing a mouthwash, with which you have to gargle with for
> seconds and then spit the contents back into the collection bottle. Is
> a usual practice? I may be watching to many CSI shows.
> Thank you for your recent request to become part of the Sorenson
> Genealogy Foundation global database. Your participation kit will be
> to you soon.
> We appreciate your contribution to this important and historical study �
> are helping us grow the world genetic family tree, one branch at a time!
> Genealogical and genetic data submitted to our study by you and others
> provide valuable information to many people worldwide who are earnestly
> seeking their family roots, both today and in generations to come. You
> help build the database at an expedited pace by collecting additional DNA
> samples and genealogies from family members, friends, and neighbors. We
> ship the collection material directly to your home, or you can go to our
> website at www.SMGF.org and request additional kits in their behalf.
> Participation in the SMGF global database is free, confidential, and
> As our database grows larger, it will become a greater asset to those
> searching for their ancestors using DNA. Your collection of samples will
> help the Sorenson Database reach its potential.
> If you would like additional material to be shipped to you, please reply
> this email and let us know how many participation kits you would like to
> receive. A representative from our organization will be available to
> you with any questions you might have about collecting the extra samples
> genealogies and how to ship them back to our offices at no cost to you.
> Again, we are grateful for your participation and we look forward to
> receiving your participation kit.
> SMGF Team
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> Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
> (801) 428-1050
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