MyHeritage to Process DNA from Stamps & Envelopes; Build Virtual Kits for Deceased Ancestors

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MyHeritage's blog describes the company's recent conference in Oslo, Norway, includding some of the statements by its founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet:

Gilad announced that MyHeritage will soon be able, through a partnership with a specialist company, to process the DNA from stamps and old envelopes and then link the DNA to the ancestor, providing you with DNA results for your deceased ancestors, right on MyHeritage. Gilad himself is trying to extract the DNA of Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill from original letters in his collection.

Gilad also announced plans to recreate our ancestors’ DNA through segment escalation. This means that if multiple descendants of a particular ancestor test their DNA, we will create a virtual kit for your ancestor and combine the segments from the multiple descendants of that ancestor.

Figured that this would be welcome news to a few out there. 

Given that this will be a new feature, those who have already tested with another company (Ancestry, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, etc...) should upload their files ASAP. If you upload before December 1st, you will be grandfathered in to their existing features:

As of December 1, 2018, our policy regarding DNA uploads will change: DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA features (for example, ethnicity estimate, chromosome browser, and some others) will require an extra payment for DNA files uploaded after this date. We will announce the full details of the new policy once it is finalized, closer to December 1st. All DNA data that was uploaded to MyHeritage in the past, and all DNA data that is uploaded now and prior to December 1, 2018, will continue to enjoy full access to all DNA features for free. These uploads will be grandfathered in and will remain free.

Exciting stuff for those using DNA to solve family mysteries! 

in The Tree House by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (127k points)

Thanks, JN! I mentioned the artifact saliva thing just this morning, but didn't have a link to any specifics. Exciting stuff. Things happening in the world of DNA every month.  laugh

For those thinking of buying a MyHeritage test directly, sale prices are in place through November 22. They're coming in hyper-competitive at only US$49; free shipping if two or more kits are ordered.

A very informative follow-up: Blaine Bettinger's new blog post today, "Testing Artifacts to Obtain DNA Evidence for Genealogical Research." It examines the current state-of-the-art, looks at what might be around the bend, and talks about the value of that ancestral DNA and what might be done with it for genealogy.

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Sounds exciting both my parents are deceased.
by Ruth Adkins G2G6 (7.9k points)

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