DNA Heritage

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DNA Heritage
Industry Genealogy, DTC genetic testing
Founded 2003
Founder(s) Alastair Greenshields
Headquarters Weymouth, Dorset, England
Area served International
Products mtDNA Tests, Y-STR Tests, Y-SNP Tests
Website www.dnaheritage.com


DNA Heritage was a commercial genetic genealogy company based in Weymouth, Dorset, England. The company began offering Y-chromosome testing in October 2003. The testing was initially suspended until laboratory problems were sorted out. Testing resumed in March 2004. The company used the Sorenson Genomics laboratory, a subisidiary of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, for its Y chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing. The single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) tests for deep ancestry were outsourced to Marligen Bioscience Laboratories.

DNA Heritage was acquired by Family Tree DNA in April 2011. Customers were given the option of transferring their Y-DNA results to the Family Tree DNA database free of charge. Results from DNA Heritage customers are prefaced with the letter H in the FTDNA database. Only the results from the first 25 markers are included. Former customers are then given the option to upgrade their markers for a nominal sum to make their results compatible with the standard 37-marker test used by FTDNA.

DNA Heritage also sponsored Y-base, a publicly searchable database of Y-chromosome haplotypes. This site was also acquired by Family Tree DNA in April 2011. It is not yet known what is planned for the data in Y-base. The site now redirects to an FTDNA landing page.

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