DNA Testing

My Family Tree DNA Ethnic breakdown
March of 2017 marks four years since I got my initial results from my first genetic genealogy test at Family Tree DNA. It's been quite an education maneuvering within the genetic genealogy community.  I've met some very helpful cousins and search angels who are eager to help put the puzzle pieces together.

Ancestry DNA has over 5 million DNA samples in its database.  Now is the time to take a DNA test if you reside in a closed record state.    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.

My 23 and Me matches
 All it takes is a second cousin match to your birth family to determine who your biological parent is.  (Contrary to what many believe, your parent's DNA does NOT have to be in the database to confirm a biological connection).

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.  Transfer your results to Family Tree DNA for free
3.  Upload your results to Gedmatch.com for free
4.  Take the 23 and Me test if you do not get a close match at the other databases

My Ancestry DNA page
"Fishing in more ponds" will get you many diverse cousin matches and will propel you toward your research goal.  If you know one of your biological parents but not the other one, begin building your tree at Ancestry.com for the known parent.  You will use this pedigree to determine which of your DNA matches are related to your mother and which ones are related to your father.

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.

There are many excellent Facebook groups for support and questions during the genetic genealogy journey.  Here are my favorite groups:

Search Squad

DNA Detectives

Autosomal DNA-Gedmatch-FTDNA-23andME-Ancestry.com

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)

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