Please reconsider and find an alternative to the planned destruction of your YDNA and mtDNA samples.
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Please reconsider and find an alternative to the planned destruction of your YDNA and mtDNA samples.

    1. Petition by

      Thomas Shaw

      Lakeland, FL

A number of the samples that you are planning to destroy were collected from or submitted by people who were the last person in their family's line and who are now no longer living.  By doing so, you will be destroying samples that can never be collected again, and that may someday open a world of genealogical data to family history researchers.  We believe that some other private or public organization can be found that would be willing to preserve these samples for future use. 

To:
Ancestry.com
Please reconsider and find an alternative to the planned destruction of your YDNA and mtDNA samples.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Closing Time :(

      Thomas Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      Well everyone, unfortunately, it appears that our efforts to persuade Ancestry.com to find an alternative to the destruction of their Y-DNA and mtDNA databases has fallen on deaf ears. There's no telling how many of our recent ancestors may have submitted samples, but in thinking that their data would be safely stored away for the benefit of future generations to use, never saw the need to save the data on their own. And now, as I understand it, these invaluable resources are, as of midnight, lost forever.

      Personally, I find it unfathomable that a corporation in a niche as specialized as genetic genealogy would show such complete disregard for those of us who sought an alternative. The comments posted by many of the over 350 people in our Facebook group (Stop Ancestry.com's DNA Dump) were passionate and thoughtful, and in some cases, heartbreaking. The same can be said of comments posted by the over 1,200 people that signed our online petition. As a last resort, several of the genealogy industry's leaders with an interest in genetics, among them Dr. Tim Janzen, Katherine Borges, Blaine Bettinger, CeCe Moore, Maurice Gleeson and Judy Russell, took the time to draft a letter that was sent to Ancestry.com executives months ago. All we asked for was consideration...to look for simple, economical way to save data that didn't need to be destroyed.

      To all of you who posted comments, supported our position and tried to make a difference, I sincerely thank you. In my mind, our efforts were not in vain, even if they were ignored. I will sleep fine tonight knowing that we did our best in an attempt to preserve our ancestry...NOT our Ancestry.com.

      I'd like to leave you with one of my favorite song lyrics which appropriately enough, comes from a song with the same name as the title of this post, "Closing Time", by the group, "Semisonic". It goes like this...
      "Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." Thanks, everyone!

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Change Happens FAST When People SPEAK UP!

      Thomas Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      To everyone who's signed our online petition and gone to our Facebook page, a thousand thanks! However, we need to keep this drive alive and add more supporters if we're going to have any hope of persuading Ancestry to do the right thing. Did you see in today's news where a food blogger started on online petition to force beer manufacturers to publish the ingredients in their brews? The petition was started Wednesday...that's right, YESTERDAY, and earlier this afternoon, both Anheuser Busch and MillerCoors agreed to begin posting their ingredients and brewing methods online! Pretty quick action, wouldn't you say? But that's what 44,000 signatures can do. It MOVES people, it causes CHANGE...and fast! Now, we all know that there are not as many people interested in genetic genealogy as there are in beer and food safety, but this just goes to show you that, when enough people speak up, smart corporations listen! Please continue to encourage your friends and relatives to sign our petition!

    4. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Thigpen AUSTIN, TX
      • 28 days ago

      Please, for God's sake, preserve history! You take everyone's photos off the web & then charge a fortune to view them? Shame on you for destroying information; whether it was paid, or not. Have a heart. You are not Monsanto; but, will be placed in the same category, worldwide. I've charted my family tree, by hand, for a few years now. I couldn't afford your services. Sell your databank [& the Sorenson one]. Don't destroy; but respect, information.

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    • Winston Boudreaux CHURCH POINT, LA
      • 29 days ago

      Too obvious to comment upon.

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    • D West SANTA CLARA, CA
      • 29 days ago

      find a sponsor to help save ...

      for future research

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    • David Widerberg Howden OSLO, NORWAY
      • about 1 month ago

      This database has a number of valuable DNA samples, children that can never get a new sample of their parents. Its outrageous to destroy this material!

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    • Nancy Young LAKE ELSINORE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      A number of the samples that you are planning to destroy were collected from or submitted by people who were the last person in their family's line and who are now no longer living. By doing so, you will be destroying samples that can never be collected again, and that may someday open a world of genealogical data to family history researchers. We believe that some other private or public organization can be found that would be willing to preserve these samples for future use.

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