DNA Heritage is (or was) a commercial genetic genealogy company based in Weymouth, Dorset, England. It also operated the popular YBase.org database that is searchable by 49 Y-chromosome markers. The company began offering Y-chromosome testing in October 2003. The company's web site now says, "As of April 19 2011, DNA Heritage has ceased its operations and is in the process of transferring the domains DNAHeritage.com and Ybase.org to Family Tree DNA." Of course, Family Tree DNA has long been a leader in the genealogy DNA business. The company is based in Houston, Texas.
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UPDATE: I posted the above article about 3 AM Eastern U.S. time. (I am in London and received the info about 8 AM British time, 3 AM Eastern U.S. time.) Since then, I have been able to verify that DNA Heritage has sold ONLY the DNA testing business to Family Tree DNA.
DNA Heritage is still very much in business and will pursue other business interests. Family Tree DNA will take over (only) the DNA testing business, will finish all tests currently in progress, and will support former DNA Heritage customers in the future.
- Dick Eastman
(now at Heathrow Airport, headed home shortly)
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