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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.

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New York Marriage Records

By DD / April 17, 2016

New York Marriage records, along with affidavits, and licenses, are now available through the work of the Reclaim The Records. This organization works using the Freedom Of Information Act to get public records released. Here is more information about their pilot project which was to get these New York marriage records released. New York Marriage […]

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Minnesota Birth Record Resources

By DD / April 16, 2016

Minnesota Birth Record Resources If you are looking for Minnesota birth record resources, here are some http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/osr/adoption.html Access to the original birth record after an adoption of an adopted person born in Minnesota Please note that changes made to the birth record after 2000 may not be reflected on the non-certified copy if the birth […]

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New Advances From Ancestry DNA

By DD / April 12, 2016

This is a copy of an email about new advances from Ancestry DNA that was sent out today by email to Ancestry DNA members. It doesn’t have much detail, more of a “get ready changes are coming” type thing. Last time they changed the the way they did matches, a lot of people fell off […]

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WeGene Added to GEDMatch

By DD / April 10, 2016

Recently WeGene was added to GEDMatch to allow uploading DNA results from WeGene. When you first go to the WeGene.com site, you will think you are on the wrong site. The site is a Chinese site and you will see Chinese writing. A small pop-up box should come up and ask you if you want […]

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Reunion After 82 Years

By DD / April 7, 2016

For everyone that thinks it may be too late to find a birth mother or child, here is a great story of reunion after 82 years. Betty Morrell, 82, was reunited with her 96-year-old birth mother, Lena Pierce, in January 2015.  Betty was helped by her granddaughter who helped her work with information on Ancestry.com.  This […]

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Four Things to Know When Choosing a DNA Test

By DD / April 4, 2016

Four Things to Know When Choosing a DNA Test In doing my research on choosing a DNA test, I have found that certain factors can help in determining what type of test to select. These factors include the price of the test, the reputation of the company involved, how long the company has been in […]

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Mocavo Is Moving To Findmypast

By DD / March 23, 2016

Mocavo is moving to Findmypast I received this notice in my email today March 22nd, 2016. Mocavo is moving to FindMyPast. We’re contacting you to let you know that the Mocavo website will be closing midnight tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd March) and that your account will be moving over to Findmypast in the next few days. […]

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23andMe Revenue Sources

By DD / March 23, 2016

There was a great article on Revenuesandprofits.com by Ravi Vij about how 23andme.com makes their money. We all know we sent them money, but we aren’t the only ones. Remember when you filled out all those endless health questions? That information is sold to researchers and drug companies. I don’t begrudge them from selling my […]

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Long Lost Family on TLC

By DD / March 20, 2016

Have you watched the new TV show, Long Lost Family on TLC? Here is a post from their Facebook page: If you are desperate to trace a lost family member and have been searching with no success, the Long Lost Family team would like to hear from you. The series will follow the stories of […]

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GEDMatch Not Uploading FTDNA Results

By DD / March 20, 2016

As a member of the DNA Adoption Yahoo Group the topic of GEDMatch not uploading FTDNA results as been a hot one lately. It seems to be related to a dispute between FTDNA and RootsWeb with sites like GEDMatch caught in the crossfire. The issue seems to be disclosing private information, while speculation hints of […]

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Haplogroups – Do They Help Find Family?

By DD / March 20, 2016

When you are looking for family using DNA you can get a lot of data to sort through. Haplogroups can be interesting, but are they really any help finding family. Do haplogroups help find family? I say no, not really. Here is a great article by Roberta Estes on DNA-Explained-We Match But Are We Related? […]

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Should I Use Social Media To Find Birth Parents ?

By DD / March 7, 2016

Should I Use Social Media To Find Birth Parents ? The question “Should I use social media to find my birth parents?” comes up in chat rooms and forums a lot. In my free ebook (in the footer), I talk about how to use social media to help find your birth family. There are good […]

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Rhode Island Adoption Information Laws

By DD / March 7, 2016

Rhode Island Adoption Information Laws The Rhode Island adoption information laws include who may access information, access to non-identifying information and who can access identifying information. Who May Access Information Citation: Gen. Laws §§ 15-7.2-2; 15-7.2-7 The following persons may use the passive voluntary adoption reunion registry: Birth parents and adult birth siblings The adult […]

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South Carolina Adoption Information Laws

By DD / March 7, 2016

South Carolina Adoption Information Laws If you were adopted in South Carolina, these South Carolina adoption information laws will be important for you to know for your search to find your birth family. Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Code § 20-7-1780 Information may be accessed by the following persons: The adoptive parents The adopted […]

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South Dakota Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

South Dakota Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Code §§ 25-6-15.2; 25-6-15.3 Nonidentifying information may be released to: The adoptive parent The adopted person who is age 18 or older Identifying information may be released to: The adopted person The birth parents Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Ann. Code § 25-6-15.2 Nonidentifying […]

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Tennessee Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Tennessee Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Code §§ 36-1-127; 36-1-128; 36-1-133 Nonidentifying information may be released to: The adopted person who is age 18 or older The adoptive parents or guardian if the adopted person is under age 18 The birth parent or legal relatives The lineal descendants of an adopted […]

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Texas Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Texas Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Fam. Code §§ 162.018; 162.406 Nonidentifying information may be provided to: The adoptive parents The adopted person who is age 18 or older Identifying information may be accessed by: The adopted person who is age 18 or older A birth parent An alleged father who acknowledges […]

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Utah Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Utah Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Code §§ 78-30-17; 78-30-18 Nonidentifying information is available to: The adoptive parents or legal guardian The adopted person The adopted person’s spouse, or guardian of the adopted person’s child, if the adopted person is deceased The adopted person’s child or descendant The birth parent or […]

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Vermont Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Vermont Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 1 5A, §§ 6-104; 6-105 Nonidentifying information is available to: The adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted person The adopted person who is age 18 or older or has been emancipated A deceased adopted person’s direct descendant who is age 18 […]

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Virginia Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Virginia Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Code §§ 63.2-1246; 63.2-1247 Nonidentifying information may be disclosed to: The adopted person who is age 18 or older The licensed or authorized child-placing agencies providing services to the child The adoptive parents Identifying information may be released to: The adopted person who is age […]

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Washington Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Washington Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Rev. Code §§ 26.33.340; 26.33.343 Nonidentifying information is available to: An adoptive parent An adopted person A birth parent Identifying information may be accessed by: An adopted person who is age 21 or older, or under 21 with the permission of the adoptive parent A birth […]

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West Virginia Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

West Virginia Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Code §§ 48-23-601; 48-23-402 Nonidentifying information may be provided to: The adoptive parents or, in the event of death of the adoptive parents, the child’s guardian The adopted person who is age 18 or older If the adopted person is deceased: The adopted person’s […]

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Wisconsin Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Wisconsin Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 48.432; 48.433 Nonidentifying information may be provided to: The adopted person who is age 18 years or older The adoptive parent The guardian or legal custodian of an adopted person The offspring of an adopted person if the requester is age 18 years […]

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Wyoming Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Wyoming Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 1-22-116; 1-22-203 Nonidentifying medical information may be provided to: The adoptive parent The adult adopted person Identifying information may be accessed by: The adult adopted person The adoptive parent The birth parent, sibling, or grandparent All parties must be age 18 or older. […]

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Pennsylvania Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Pennsylvania Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, § 2905 Information may be accessed by: The adopted person who is age 18 or older If the adopted person is under age 18, his or her adoptive parent or legal guardian Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, § […]

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Oregon Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 29, 2016

Oregon Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 109.455; 109.500 The voluntary adoption registry may be used to obtain identifying information by the following persons: A birth parent An adult adopted person An adult birth sibling The adoptive parent of a deceased adopted person The parents or adult siblings of a […]

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