All posts in "Adoption Genealogy"

Global Adoptee Genealogy Project

By DD / November 5, 2016

The Global Adoptee Genealogy Project launch was announced with press releases this week. This collaboration between Mixed Roots and Family Tree DNA and others should be a huge help to adoptees looking for their families. They are promising a comprehensive website of resources for adoptees and either free DNA testing and reduced cost DNA testing […]


Georgia Babies For Sale – A Look Back

By DD / September 18, 2016

A McCaysville, Georgia doctor sold babies to couples that were not able to have their own children.  Today those babies have grown up and are looking for answers. The story covers Sandy Dearth who goes back and visits where she was born and shortly after was handed out a back window to her future parents. There […]


Orphan Train Families Looking for Relatives

By DD / September 10, 2016

Orphan Train Families Looking for Relatives Resources for Orphan Train Riders and Their Families The Orphan Train is a fascinating and forgotten part of the history of the United States deserving of a greater spotlight. Beginning in 1853 and continuing as late as 1930, an estimated 120,000 to 200,000 children were transported by train from […]


DNA Triangulation on GEDMatch

By DD / August 20, 2016

If you are looking for family using DNA results you are probably using GEDMatch or one of the other website to help compare your DNA kit results.  Triangulation is comparing A to B, then A to C, then B to C, etc.  You might match B and B might match C, but that doesn’t mean […]


Amateur DNA Detective Helps People Find Family

By DD / August 4, 2016

Amateur DNA Detective Helps People Find Family This story is about a woman paying it forward and helping others.  The story, written by Daniel Gross, for the Boston Globe explores a search angel, Laura Flanagan. She was given up for adopted, then gave up a baby herself at 17.  Fueled by the yearning to find […]


Separated Lives – True Story of Adoption and Search for Family

By DD / August 2, 2016

Separated Lives In the early 1980’s we lived in the Midwest . I was married and had 3 children. A new doctor had moved into town and I thought it would be nice to invite the new doctor’s wife to join me in attending the monthly doctor’s wives auxiliary meeting and luncheon. The presentation that […]


DNA Testing Affect on Birth Parents Privacy

By DD / July 31, 2016

This article about DNA testing affect on birth parents privacy was published by the Adoptee Rights Coalition. DNA Game Changer – Part I: Thoughts on the “birthparent privacy” argument is the first part of an article about the affect of DNA testing results and what can be learned from them on adoptee rights and birth […]

0 Shares Surname Distribution

By DD / May 24, 2016 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 […]


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 Ancestry Report at DNA.Land

By DD / April 19, 2016

There is a new report at, 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 […]


Best DNA Tests

By Staff Writer / April 10, 2016

As a recipient of adoption as a child, I had always wondered who my biological parents were, if they had other children, what my cousins looked like, which lead to me ask, what is the best DNA test?. Fortunately, there were several ways to find my biological family, and not all of them as difficult […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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? […]


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 […]


DNA Genealogy -Seven Terms You Need To Know

By DD / February 15, 2016

DNA Genealogy – Seven Terms You Need To Know Did you get your DNA results backs and that has lead to DNA genealogy terms that you have never heard of before?  Here are  definitions that can help you understand most of what you read when trying to get answers from your DNA results. Centimorgan a […]


DNA Tribes Testing Company

By DD / February 15, 2016

DNA Tribes Testing Company If you are Native American and are trying to get more detailed information about your tribal ancestry, you may be considering testing at DNA Tribes testing company. They list several tribes that they have data about. The following article from gives basic information about this company. DNA Tribes is a […]


DNA Hair Testing

By DD / February 8, 2016

Are you wanting to do a DNA test on some hair from a hair brush or from a deceased person?  The question of whether or not this is a viable choice comes up fairly regularly. If you watch the CSI type shows they do it all the time but it isn’t that easy.


Use Facebook to Find Family

By DD / January 26, 2016

There are more than 1 Billion users worldwide on Facebook. If you don’t already have a account, you only need to sign up on the register page. It is free to use and will open up a whole new world for you. You will be given a profile page to post a picture of yourself or whatever you want to post and will be given the opportunity to find people on your contact list.


DNA Data Sorting Websites

By DD / January 24, 2016

DNA Data Sorting Websites   GEDCOM GEDCOM’s are generally thought of as Family Trees.  You will need to learn to download these from sites like and use them to find your family. When you see GEDCOM, think of communication between programs. GEDCOM is an acronym standing for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. A GEDCOM is a […]


Do DNA Testing – Step 5

By DD / January 24, 2016

DNA Testing – Step 5 If you are looking for your birth family, doing DNA testing is an absolute must. DNA tests will give you DNA matches in the form of “possible 3rd cousin” type results but won’t tell you who the common ancestor is or when they lived.  You will need family tree’s and […]


Gather All the Information – Step 3

By DD / January 23, 2016

Gather All the Information You Can – Step 3 Non-Identifying Information When I was searching for my birth family, getting my non-identifying information was the key to solving the puzzle. I was close to identifying my birth parents using all the DNA tests and family trees, and doing everything on the “where-to-start” lists, but the […]

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