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I found my birth family after 40 years of looking for them. I used DNA tests, software to sort DNA match results, family trees, contacting DNA matches and several website tools. We want to provide you a "one stop shop" with all your resources to help YOU find YOUR family.


Using Metadata Tags on Photos

By DD / July 31, 2016

Photo Metadata tags can save you a lot of time looking for photos on your computer. If you are doing genealogy or just looking for family members, this is a crucial part of keeping up with the information you find. Originally written by Denise Barret Olson on Scribd and titled “Sharpen your Digital Pencil An […]


Requesting FBI Records to Find Family

By DD / July 9, 2016

Requesting FBI Records to Find Family As much as we hate to think about it, we may be looking for family that has been in trouble with the law. Perhaps you are looking for a family member that just disappeared and you don’t know where to start. Our post about using a person’s Social Security […]


Alberta Canada Adoption Record Information

By DD / July 3, 2016

Alberta Canada Adoption Record Information If you were born in Canada and are looking for your birth family or you gave a child up for adoption in Canada, you will need to look at the information listed for the province that the adoption took place in. If the adoption took place in Alberta, there is […]


Alaska Genealogy Handbook

By DD / July 3, 2016

Handy Alaska Genealogy Handbook: A convenient handbook containing everything you need for Alaska Genealogy research contains Internet Links, Physical Addresses, Email Addresses, Telephone Numbers, and Lists the Record Holdings of Every Important Archive and Organization holding Alaska genealogy records. In short, it contains everything you’ll need to find Alaska Genealogy Records FAST! What’s more, MOST […]


Holocaust Survivor 93 Finds Family

By DD / May 29, 2016

Nata Gattegno was sent to Auschwitz when she waas a teenager during World War II. She managed to survive the concentration camp but due to the abuse she suffered at the hands of the Germans, she was never able to have children. Nata Gattegno was married but is widowed and has been living alone for […]


Indiana Adoptee Registry Information

By DD / May 29, 2016

Indiana adoptee registry information can be found at IN.GOV and at the Indiana Adoption Netowrk. Registry information- please know the state registry is free- you may register now- however you all will need to register again after July 1,2018. Indiana Adoptee Registry Information Until July 2018 Until the records are opened on 7/1/2018, you must […]


Locatemyname.com Surname Distribution

By DD / May 24, 2016

Locatemyname.com Surname Distribution Around the World Surname mapping can be a useful tool in any genealogical or historical project. Most surnames have distinct distribution patterns based on regional lines. Mapping surname distribution reveals where the family originally came from and where it relocated or spread to. Surname databases are usually created using censuses and telephone […]


Mother Daughter Reunion After 80 Years

By DD / May 23, 2016

It took almost a live time but Dorien Hammann never gave up and it resulted in a mother daughter reunion after 80 years. For anyone looking for family, this is another story proving that you should never give up and it is never too late to find your birth family.  Even if it means finding […]


My Heritage Adds DNA Matching

By DD / May 21, 2016

My Heritage has announced that they will add DNA matching to their family tree building and serach platform. They will not be selling DNA testing kits but after you get your DNA tested at a major testing site such as Ancestry DNA or FTDNA, you can download your raw DNA to My Heritage. My Heritage […]


Louisiana Adoption Reunion Registry

By DD / May 14, 2016

The Louisiana adoption reunion registry is a website run by the Lousiana Department of Children and Family Serives.  It’s purpose is to facilitate voluntary contact between adult adoptees, their birth parents and/or their siblings. The Registry will not find someone for you. The Louisiana Adoption Voluntary Registry is a “passive” match registry and does not search. […]


Oklahoma Adoption Records After 1997

By DD / May 13, 2016

Oklahoma Open Adoption Records Check out https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/VR_openadoptionrd.pdf A person who was born in the state of Oklahoma and who was adopted after November 1, 1997 may obtain a non-certified copy of his/her original birth record without a court order if all of the conditions below are met: 1. Adopted person is age 18 or older […]


Georgia Adoption Reunion Registry

By DD / May 12, 2016

Georgia Adoption Reunion Registry The Georgia Adoption Reunion Registry is a non-profit program run by Families First and contracted by the state of Georgia’s Department of Human Services. It offers reunion services to birth parents, adopted persons, adoptive parents and siblings affected by adoptions finalized in Georgia. In 2003, the law in Georgia was changed […]


Oklahoma Adoption Information Resource

By DD / May 12, 2016

An additional Oklahoma Adoption information resource are these addresses and contact information. Be sure to check out the Oklahoma adoption law information on another page. If you have other resources that would help others find their families, please send it to us using the contact form. For questions, check out our Forum at < a […]


23andMe Selling DNA Kits at CVS

By DD / May 11, 2016

23andMe Selling DNA Kits at CVS Yes, the day has come, 23andMe is selling DNA kits at CVS. It is an unusual set up, the buyer pays $29.95 at the checkout at CVS for the saliva kit, then when they send the saliva off to 23andMe, they pay another $169 lab fee when submitting the […]


Indiana Vital Records

By DD / May 8, 2016

If you are looking for Indiana vital records such as marriage records, Family Search.org, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints probably has what you are looking for. Indiana Vital records Page has Indiana marriage records from 1780 to 1992. Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based […]


Find Family With Social Security Number

By DD / May 3, 2016

Do you need to find family with a Social Security number? I know most people don’t have a social security number for the people they are looking for, but there are occasions when the social security number is known. The good news is that the Social Security Administration might actually help you. The SSA will […]


Which DNA Tests Do I Need?

By DD / May 2, 2016

Which DNA tests do I need? The human body is composed of trillions of cells, and each cell has a nucleus. Inside that nucleus are 23 pairs of chromosomes that contain genes. They are made up of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that contains information on how to organize and maintain an organism. Each person has two […]


What is a DNA Haplogroup?

By DD / May 1, 2016

What is a DNA Haplogroup? When learning about genetic testing, some people may find it surprising to learn that it is possible to trace their ancestral lines far beyond marriage and birth certificates. Through DNA haplogroup assignment, individuals can learn more about where their family originated from, who they are genetically related to, and more. […]


New York Vital Records Database

By DD / April 30, 2016

If you are looking for family in New York these databases can be vital. They may not stay available forever, so if you need do do some searches, you shouldn’t put it off. There are many different records that span many years. This information is not free anymore but if you go to one of […]


Determining Which Paternity Test to Buy

By DD / April 25, 2016

Determining Which Paternity Test to Buy Looking for family can also include confirming family members. It has been stated that 15% of DNA test results are uncovering a different paternity than expected somewhere in the family. If you are considering a paternity test, there are several things you need to know. Paternity tests are a […]


DNA Day 2016

By DD / April 24, 2016

DNA Day 2016 is April 25th! National DNA Day is April 25th and commemorates the day in 1953 when a paper detailing the structure of DNA was published in Nature magazine. It also recognizes the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. The Swiss biochemist Frederich Miescher first observed DNA in the late 1800s. […]


MacFamily Tree 8 Software

By DD / April 23, 2016

Are you doing genealogy on an Apple Mac> MacFamily Software may be just the program you need to try. There is a free version that you can download and see if it will work for what you want to do. The vidoe below shows you the highlights of this software. The new version 8 was […]


Ancestry DNA Change – Read Now!

By DD / April 20, 2016

Ancestry DNA will be changing the way the determine your DNA matches again. Last time they did this, everyone had a lot of matches removed. For most people, having only the closest matches isn’t a big deal, but for adopted people looking for any clue and following up on every lead this could be huge. […]


Newspaper Research Guide

By DD / April 20, 2016

Searching Newspapers Quick Start Guide On April 11 th Findmypast writter, Frederick Wertz, published a Quick-start guide to searching newspapers on Findmypast.   One thing he points out is that when you “search all records” that search does not include our newspaper database – it’s a totally separate entity, so you’ll need to search it individually. Wertz provides […]


New Ancestry Report at DNA.Land

By DD / April 19, 2016

There is a new report at DNA.land, a new ancestry report. It looks like the screen shot I included, except the heart is covering my name. There is also a new map. The article announcing the change was written by Daniel Speyer, a Computer Science Masters student in Columbia University, and Yaniv Erlich. DNA.Land website […]


Baby Left At Airport Looking For Family

By DD / April 18, 2016

Steve Hydes, who was abandoned in an airport’s ladies’ toilet with just a few clothes, is making a heartfelt plea for his birth parents to come forward. He has been looking for them for 30 years and now is being helped by an organization to find his birth family. Steve, who as a newborn without […]

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