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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oklahoma Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 28, 2016

Oklahoma Adoption Information Laws Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, § 7508-1.3 The services of a confidential intermediary are available to: The adult adopted person The legal parent or guardian of the child of a deceased adopted person The adult descendant of a deceased adopted person The birth parent The adult birth […]

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