The GENES Blog does not ask for any financial contribution from readers and never will. However, if you have a sudden and overwhelming desire to shower me in coins, could I ask that you redirect any contribution you may wish to make to a much more worthwhile venture, as set up by Australian based gene genie Judy Webster?

Genealogists for Families ( is a worthwhile scheme which seeks to make loans of $25 to people in need around the world, which can be reclaimed once repaid or re-invested to help another person in need. The idea was based on Judy's father's idea of setting aside 'Do Good Money' and is gaining widespread support across the world's genealogical community. The initiative also has a Facebook page at All loans opportunities are provided through the Kiva non-profit platform, and you can select who you wish to pay to and for what worthwhile opportunity.

By the way - you don't need to be a professional genealogist to sign up! All donations will be very welcome, and if you contribute I will love you all even more than I do already and will shout your names from the Scottish hills for all eternity to hear! :)