DNA Testing


You will spit in the tube and mail the kit back to Ancestry
Are you considering DNA testing?  Watch my 26-minute talk here to be prepared before engaging in genetic genealogy.

Also, in my own search, I combined both genetic genealogy (DNA) with traditional genealogy to solve the mystery of my biological father.  Read about my strategy here.


For specific adoptee-related help, I facilitate a private group, Genetic Genealogy for Adoptees


Example of a first cousin 1x removed match to my maternal side
All it takes to solve your mystery 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 sample does NOT have to be in the database to confirm a biological connection).

Through genetic genealogy, I have confirmed a biological connection to both of my biological parents.  Take the tests in this order:
23 and Me determined I was Peruvian
without any close DNA matches

1.  Test at Ancestry.com for $99.00 
      (you can get it for $59.00 on sale!)
2.  Upload your results to Gedmatch.com for free
3.  Transfer your autosomal results to Family Tree DNA (if you are male, you will also want to take the Y-DNA test at Family Tree)
4.  Upload to My Heritage 
5.  Take the 23 and Me test if you do not get a close match at the other databases. *23 and Me gave me the best ethnicity result*

Testing in as many DNA databases as possible will up your odds of matching with a close cousin in order to determine your parentage.  If you need help understanding what your results mean, join the many private groups on Facebook, for example, DNA Detectives. 

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