|You will spit in the tube and mail the kit back to Ancestry|
Ancestry DNA has 7 million DNA samples in its database, 20 billion records and 90 million family trees. DNA testing has become a game changer for those of us born and adopted in states that have sealed records and have lived their whole lives without any medical history. Now is the time to take a DNA test if you reside in a closed record state or, like me, have an unknown father.
|Example of a first cousin match to my maternal side|
Through genetic genealogy, I have confirmed a biological connection to my maternal birth family and am currently in the process of doing the same for my paternal side.
Paper can lie, but DNA does not lie!
If you are contemplating genetic genealogy testing, the DNA experts recommend taking the tests in this order:
1. Test at Ancestry.com for $99.00
2. Upload your results to Gedmatch.com for free
3. Transfer your autosomal results to Family Tree DNA for free (if you are male, you will also want to take the Y-DNA test at Family Tree)
4. Upload to My Heritage for free.
5. Take the 23 and Me test if you do not get a close match at the other databases.
Ancestry gives you an ethnicity estimate
The Adoptee Survival Guide, has a complete overview for beginners in genetic genealogy. It is written by genetic genealogy expert and DNA search angel, Gaye Sherman Tannenbaum.
DO YOU HAVE AN UNKNOWN FATHER?
I made a 3-part video series specifically geared toward those people who are seeking their unknown father. You can watch them here:
RESOURCES: There are many excellent Facebook groups for support and questions during the genetic genealogy journey. Here are my favorite groups:
If you would like to read about one adoptee's journey in seeking her father via DNA, go to Papa was a Rolling Stone.
If you have any specific questions about which DNA tests are best for you (this advice changes whether you are male or female), go to Richard Hill's DNA Testing Advisor below.
Family Tree DNA
23 and me
Richard Hill's DNA Testing Advisor (Author of Finding Family)