About Us

SMGF is a information resource connecting health issues with that of DNA and corresponding genealogical information.

Many conditions and health problems are related to genes in some way. Some gene mutations may be in a single gene, although most health problems, conditions and disorders are more complex. Many diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, are caused by issues with multiple genes in combination with our factors such lifestyle choice and where you live.

SMGF was inspired by discussions in 1999 between philanthropists about using DNA in genealogy.

Y-chromosome DNA results and pedigree help you trace your direct paternal line.

Mitochondrial DNA results and pedigree charts help you trace your direct maternal line.

“I can’t think of anything that matters more than reminding people everywhere that in a very real sense, we are all brothers and sisters”,

says Edmund Burke about our genetic connections

Emergencylink.com was absorbed by SMGF.org in 2022.


The SMGF team has expertise in abundance, including molecular biologists, geneticists, full-time genealogists, and specialists in bio-information and operations.

SMGF team members are frequent presenters at national and international genetic and genealogy conferences, and have authored or co-authored numerous scholarly articles in the field of genetic genealogy.

Alex Haley

Alex Haley


Alex Haley is a specialist in bio-information and operations. Alex has an interest in the field of genetics, with a focus on genome sequencing.

When not working, Alex enjoys reading about scientific developments that may be relevant to her work or studies.

When she’s at home, she spends time with her family and friends. She also likes to read books about science fiction and fantasy worlds where anything is possible!

David Thoreau

David Thoreau


David Thoreau is a Biotechnologist with a background in the life sciences. He has worked for many years on research projects that have helped people improve their quality of life.

David has enjoyed collaborating with other scientists around the world, and he loves sharing his knowledge to help educate others about biotechnology.

Eddy Burke

Edmund Burke


Eddy Burke is a genealogist, specializing in working with clients to build their family trees. He has been involved in the field for over 10 years and enjoys helping people fill out their branches.

His work has allowed him to visit all 50 states of America, as well as many parts of Europe, Russia, China and Japan.

He also loves learning about other cultures through travel. Eddy speaks English fluently plus some Spanish and German.