Who and why
We are a team of professional historians, researchers and scientists with a passion for genealogy, using DNA to grow family trees even further.
Launched in July 2018, we are the first company in the world to offer commercially-available testing of envelopes, postcards with stamp/s and aerogrammes from deceased relatives for genealogical purposes. We are based in Brisbane, Australia, and have clients from all over the world.
Our current focus is to generate an autosomal DNA text file compatible for use with GEDmatch Genesis, a free genealogy database where people from all over the world upload their DNA file. If we are able to obtain sufficient quality DNA from our client’s sample, they are then able to use DNA from a deceased ancestor to understand more about their genealogy and family tree.
While we have successfully achieved this for a number of our clients, we are now investigating better ways to generate the data that will help customers in their research. We are very excited by our success to date, but need to improve to maintain a commercially viable product. We are currently working with our partners to offer mtDNA and Y-DNA data, along with improved autosomal DNA files. In some cases it is not possible to provide this data, for a variety of reasons - a sponge was used to seal the envelope or stamp, for example - or the DNA may belong to another person than the expected sender. There are always these risks, regardless of our successes. Beyond that, we are 100% committed to ensuring our product delivers useful data to our clients. We are also exploring the testing of other artefacts such as hair with the root attached.
We are advising new customers to wait for this work to be completed before placing orders with us. Our progress and new product offerings can be followed on our FaceBook page totheletter DNA, or the Results page of this site. As at February 2019, we expect we will need around three months for our current clients to finalise the processing of their samples. We will advise clients of any changes to the timeline by email, as well as through FaceBook and our website.
We are also able to advise and assist law enforcement agencies with the use of genetic genealogy to assist in the identification of alleged offenders or unidentified human remains. See our Genetic Genealogy page for further information.
We are committed to providing our services at a fair and reasonable price. With our new product offerings, we expect pricing may change. Pricing will be advertised on our "Find DNA" on our buy page. Any changes to pricing will also be published on our FaceBook page.
We want to assure our past and future customers that we are committed to providing them with the best data we can from their samples. All customers who currently have samples with us have been offered the option to continue with us, or their money refunded and the opportunity to work with us again when we have finalised our improved processes. 99% have chosen to continue, understanding that this is a new and exciting field.
All our work is undertaken in National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA)-accredited laboratories in the field of Biological Testing. NATA is Australia’s national body for the accreditation of laboratories throughout Australia. The laboratory operates in compliance with the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. If you'd like to know more about NATA, click here.
Our business is conducted in accordance with the ethics prescribed in the Genetic Genealogy Standards 2015. To read these, click here.
We are an Australian-registered company ACN 626 042 028 / ABN 97 625 793 808 and operate in accordance with Australian laws and legislation.