BCGS DNA Group Meeting, Nov 24, 2012, Surrey BC

There will be a BCGS DNA group meeting at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 1 pm, Saturday, Nov 24th, 2012.

Bring your DNA successes and your questions. Refreshments. The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is at Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, BC. For a map and other information, please follow the Library link above.

Contact M. Diane Rogers for more information.


News on a change to’s DNA testing services

For those hoping to benefit in the future from’s family tree databases and new DNA testing and ‘member matching’, be sure to read this news from Ancestry today. In 2013, Ancestry will be giving customers access to their raw testing data – as most in the genealogy DNA community have been asking for.

Watch for news of a BCGS DNA group meeting soon. Comparing DNA genealogy tests and services from different companies is important.

BCGS DNA Group News

Since its beginnings in 1999, many BC Genealogical Society members have participated in the pioneering Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) DNA testing programmes.  SMGF founder James LeVoy Sorenson died in 2008, and earlier this year SMGF’s databases and the associated testing company GeneTree were acquired by

SMGF has said that updates to the SMGF on-line DNA and pedigree databases are being discontinued as of this month, July 2012. In the DNA-genealogy community, it’s being recommended that anyone with data in those SMGF and Genetree databases should download their own results and reports now. The website will only be accessible till 1 January 2013, although apparently the SMGF website will continue.

“Status of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, SMGF, genetic genealogy DNA Databases and GeneTree” by Steven Perkins, On-line Journal of Genetics and Genealogy, 2 June 2012.

“Latest News from Sorenson Genealogy Foundation and GeneTree” Your Genetic Genealogist, 11 July 2012.’s announcement about the DNA database purchase, May 2012.

James LeVoy Sorenson, “Shrewd, Very Shrewd” by Matthew Miller,, 1 March 2004 (03.01.04)

Obituary, James LeVoy Sorenson, 1921-2008, Deseret News, 22 January 2008.