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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 […]

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Best DNA Tests.com Launches Review Site

By DD / October 30, 2016

With all the DNA testing companies and different types of DNA tests, we all need to read reviews about the companies that offer the tests and what exactly the different tests are for.  Bestdnatests.com brings reviews of testing sites and buying guides that explain different types of tests. If you  have had experience with these […]

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Find My Family Magazine Forum – Please Come

By DD / October 10, 2016

Find My Family Magazine has added a forum. The forum offers the ability to post questions, answer questions, start your own blog where you can talk about your journey to find your family, and even talk to each other using live chat rooms. There are some great organizations out there on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, and […]

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Ancestry DNA Tests – 23andMe Now Only $99

By DD / September 24, 2016

  Recently 23andMe launched our Ancestry Service for $99. It’s intended for people who are primarily interested in their ancestry DNA and genealogy. When I was looking for my birth family I tested at 4 companies and put my DNA on another. If you are looking for family it is best to fish in several […]

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Tulsa Man Found Birth Family

By DD / July 31, 2016

A Tulsa man found his birth family after having his 50th birthday party and using the help of the Search Squad. The Search Squad is a group of search angels that work from a page on Facebook. The story was originally posted with a video as Where are you from? The search for birth parents […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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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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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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Mother Finds Child’s Birth Family in China

By DD / January 22, 2016

Molly Sano adopted a child from China and wanted to find his parents.  The little boy is deaf and unfortunately is also going blind.  He is two years old and his adopted mother wanted him to be able to see his mother before he became blind.  I can’t image adopting a deaf child, then dealing […]

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Sperm Donor Reunion Story

By DD / January 10, 2016

In this sperm donor reunion story, Todd Whitehurst, an engineer for Google was featured in the story. Whitehurst donated approximately 400 times over 4 years and a single sample could be divided into 24 salable vials so he could have produced 9600 viles in theory. He knows of 22 children that he has contributed to for sure. They mentioned a donor that they know has at least 200 children.

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Colorado Opens Adoption Information

By DD / January 4, 2016

Colorado Opens Adoption Information! This is why no one should give up on the laws changing. The law actually was changed in 2014 but with the transition time, Jan 1, 2016 the records were fully open for all adoptees. This could affect 250,000 people born in Colorado. “Forty years of legislative work has finally come […]

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Who Am I? A Different Look

By DD / December 21, 2015

Who Am I? Who am I in my family in the grand scheme of things of my family genealogy? I loved this article written by Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy.com. Titled “Your Family: Past, Present, and Future. He make some very good points, like the fact we have so many great great ancestors, over 4,000 back […]

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Ancestral Quest Offers Discount To Switch Programs

By DD / December 19, 2015

Ancestral Quest is offering $10 off their paid version of their genealogy software when you upgrade from Family Tree Maker. We have a review of Ancestral Quest so you can read our opinion of the software before trying it out. The limited time offer takes $10 off the normal full price with the Promo Code […]

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Ancestry DNA Unites Unknown Sisters

By DD / December 18, 2015

Ancestry DNA hits another homerun. Just like me, this woman was able to find half-sisters she didn’t know she had. Also unknown to her was that she was of African descent! After the DNA results came back she started following up on the matches she was given and came across what she thought were cousins. […]

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Search Connect Research Collaberation From MyHeritage

By DD / November 7, 2015

MyHeritage annouced on November 4th the addition of a new feature to their MyHeritage Software. Seach Connect lets members that are searching for a family member to see who else is running the exact same search and be able to contact each other and work together. This could provide means to huge breakthoughs of brick […]

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Ancestry DNA adds Matching cM numbers

By DD / November 7, 2015

After being asked for years for the number of matching cM between matches, Ancestry has finally added the information to profiles – if you know where to look. There is some confusion with the cM numbers that are shown though with the total number of matching segments and total cM that match being different than […]

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The Open Adoption Debate – Vote Yes

By DD / October 30, 2015

As an adult adoptee that spent years looking for her birth parents, I completely support opening adoption records for adults. Some states have open records, some are closed and some are somewhere in the middle. When I was finally able to find my birth parents they were both deceased. One of the saddest, most disappointing […]

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