Tracing your family tree, or re-uniting with lost family members, became a lot easier with the advent of the Inernet. Now it's just become a whole lot more accurate with the advent of DNA testing.
The Generations Network is combining its collection of online family trees and historical documents with Sorenson Genomics' precision ancestral DNA testing. The partnership promises to revolutionise family history by allowing people to trace their roots and connect to distant cousins through DNA at the click of a mouse.
Ancestry.com – which is owned by The Generations Network – boasts more than 14-million users and the world's largest collection of online family trees. In the last 12 months alone, more than 2-million people have built family trees on the site.
Sorenson Genomics offers genetic genealogy testing services, and has been helping genealogists extend branches of their family trees through DNA analysis since 2001.
"Entering the DNA category is a natural and powerful extension of our company's mission to connect families across distance and time," says Tim Sullivan, CEO of The Generations Network. "Our partnership with Sorenson Genomics creates an incredible combination of resources designed to demonstrate how closely we are all related."
By taking a simple cheek-swab test and comparing results against DNA profiles in a test-results database, just about anyone can uncover genealogical associations unimaginable just a few years ago. Users can easily connect with and discover lost or unknown relatives within a few generations, as well as gain insight into where their families originated thousands of years ago.
In the coming months, Ancestry.com will release technology that captures DNA test results in an ever-expanding, searchable database. Using this database, users can easily identify distant cousins and tap into thousands of hours of already-completed genetic genealogical research, breaking through family tree dead-ends or barriers such as missing or inaccurate records and name changes.
Ancestry.com is also developing technology that will allow users to integrate DNA results with the historical documents already in their online family trees.