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

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. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. 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!

    3. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Widerberg Howden OSLO, NORWAY
      • 6 days 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
      • 11 days 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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    • Monique Chamberlain FORT WALTON BEACH,, FL
      • 19 days ago

      If I had known that this was going to happen, I would not have given you the DNA!!!

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    • Kelly Mahoney PHOENIX, AZ
      • 26 days ago

      Because adoptees need to know where they come from.

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    • R R CENTRALIA, WA
      • about 1 month ago

      I feel this would be like wiping out an entire family or generation by destroying the DNA samples, can't you donate them to another company with conditions that persons matching those samples be allowed to see the results or make the connections. Or can you make the samples a database on ancestry.com or locate the person it belongs to or the nearest relative in the the matches to give them too.

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