DNA Testing

You will spit in the tube and mail the kit back to Ancestry
UPDATE: I have located my biological father after seven years of genetic genealogy.  I was successful because of a combination of traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy.  Both were important.  Read about my strategy here.

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

March of 2020 marks seven years since I got the initial results from my first genetic genealogy test at Family Tree DNA. It's been quite an education maneuvering within the genetic genealogy community. 

Ancestry DNA currently has over 15 million DNA samples in its database. 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. 

Example of a first cousin 1x removed match to my maternal side
All it takes to solve the 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, reach out to my group (link at top of this page) or join DNA Detectives on Facebook.  

I have some "Unknown Father" You Tube videos here.


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