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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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.

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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 Facebook.com 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.

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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 Ancestry.com 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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Know Your Rights – Find Family Step 2

By DD / January 23, 2016

Know Your Rights To Information Find Family Step 2 States differ greatly on the information they allow to be given out. The laws governing the information that can be released is usually voted on by state legislatures so it can change. There are organizations in many states that are working to lobby the law makers […]

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Join Support Groups – Find Family Step 1

By DD / January 11, 2016

Join support groups. Do this first because the groups are full of information that will save you time and money later. When you join support groups, you will find great people willing to help you for free and will rejoice with you when you are successful at finding your family. Groups are available on state and national levels with special interests including Genetic DNA, Adoptees, Newbies, and others.

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Why Find Your Birth Family

By DD / January 11, 2016

Want to find your birth family or the birth relatives of someone that is close to you that was put up for adoption? One in sixty families is touched by adoption in some way, so please know that you are not alone. Also know that laws continue to change to make more information available and […]

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Porcupine DNA Chart

By DD / January 9, 2016

Understanding the Porcupine DNA chart will help you see how DNA is passed down from different ancestors. Not all of your relatives will be your DNA relatives necessarily and some will not appear as DNA relatives unless you take the matching segments down to a very small number like 3 cM.

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23andMe DNA Review

By DD / January 4, 2016

When I was searching for my birth family, I used 23andMe in addition to the other main DNA testing sites.  At the time I used 23andMe, the health reports were not available and the price was $99.  Now the DNA tests come with health reports and testing costs $199. In some countries where the health […]

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Mirroring to Find Your Birth Family

By DD / December 28, 2015

Mirroring to find your birth family is a valuable technique that I have used myself. I used it to help me narrow down my possible birth mother and father. Mirroring is using the family tree of a match on Ancestry DNA and attaching your DNA results to that DNA match’s tree. In my case, I […]

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J Works Program for Sorting DNA Results

By DD / November 13, 2015

J works is an macro-enabled Excel spreadsheet based Automated Chromosome Browser Tool created by Jay Pizzaro to sort “In-Common-With” matches from GEDMatch.com and data from DNAGed.com in order to make it easier to read the data. By feeding the names from a chromosome browser with your raw DNA and in-common-with (CW) files in csv format, […]

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Genome Mate Pro for DNA Genealogy

By DD / November 8, 2015

I found my birth family using DNA genealogy tools. When it comes to gathering DNA information, there are a few tools that you can turn to. The main 3rd party DNA genealogy software are GEDMatch.com, DNAGED.com and the other is Genome Mate Pro, a free desktop program that allows you to keep keep track of […]

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Orphan Train Movement from 1854-1929

By DD / October 31, 2015

The Orphan Train Movement had its beginnings in the mid 19th century, when there were tens of thousands of motherless children dwelling on the streets and in the alleyways of New York City. In an effort to rescue those abandoned kids from the perils of street life, a local philanthropist named Charles Loring Brace founded […]

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International Society of Genetic Genealogy ISOGG.Org

By DD / October 31, 2015

International Society of Genetic Genealogy ISOGG.Org Those of us who are hoping to make a connection with a distant relative or parent can use the International Society of Genetic Genealogy on ISOGG.org with the use of genetic research that is provided. The website makes it easy to begin a general search with the use of […]

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DNA.Land Free DNA Research Website

By DD / October 21, 2015

Have you heard of the new website DNA.Land? DNA Land is non-profit research website run by three researchers affiliated with Columbia University and the NY Genome Center . They are also in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Coalition to better understand the genetic risks of breast cancer. Computational geneticist Dr. Yaniv Erlich presented the […]