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Posted by smithsworldwide in on June 5, 2014 Views:(205Replies (0)
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Saw a notice today that Ancestry is retiring their YDNA and mtDNA tests. You can DOWNLOAD your data but better hurry up and do it. Once you do, you can UPLOAD it as a TRANSFER to the Smith Official DNA Project on FamilyTreeDNA starting at $19 (depends on the number of markers you want to transfer) . (This post was written in 2014, link no longer valid.
Here's what ancestry says

Will I be able to access my Y-DNA and mtDNA results after the service has retired?

After September 5, 2014, you will no longer be able to view your Y-DNA and mtDNA results on the website, but you can download your raw DNA data prior to that time by and logging in to begin the download process.

Note that if your YDNA results are already on FamilyTreeDNA, this is NOT for you. You're already probably in the Smith Official DNA surname project, but if you know of people who did Ancestry YDNA, this is for THEM. So, again, HURRY up and do it anc come join the ONE project at FamilyTreeDNA for ALL Smith/Schmidt/Smyth/Smythe of ALL locations- the Smith Official DNA Project . If you have any questions about it, email us at 

Update: Here's a great article by Roberta Estes about the transfer and whether/how you should do it. 

And, in fact, someone even started an online petition regarding this. 

AND, from Ancestry's blog-they have destroyed the YDNA and mtDNA samples -seems like I remember reading a few years back that they got all the Sorenson data as well.