Join support groups. Do this first because the groups are full of information that will save you time and money later. It would be easy to sign up for 10 support groups of people looking for family. Groups are available on state and national levels with special interests including Genetic DNA, Adoptees, Newbies, and others. If you join several groups, you won’t have the time needed for studying your DNA results, build family trees, and work on other data. Just pick a group or two and try those for a couple of months and see how it goes.
If you need help getting started with your search for a birth family, I suggest joining either the Yahoo Group – DNA Adoption http://dnaadoption.com/ , https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DNAAdoption/ or the Facebook Group- Search Squad https://www.facebook.com/groups/searchelpers/ . Both of these have volunteer search angels that work together to help new people find their family. DNA Adoption also offers online classes at a very reasonable (cheap) fee to cover costs. An Ancestry training class is only $5, an Autosomal DNA class that lasts several weeks is $30. Other groups or informational social media I suggest you check out are: DNA Newbies on Yahoo Groups and DNA Detectives https://www.facebook.com/DnaDetectives/ on Facebook. These support groups have very different rules about the way they work so be sure to read their rules and getting started guides. These are all national groups but as you interact with people in the group you may be steered to local members that may be able to help you with local contacts and libraries.
If you ask groups for help with your search, give detailed information. Don’t send group messages with titles like “I need help”, “I don’t understand what to do”, etc. Use titles like “I was born in Kansas City MO in 1957 and need contacts” or “Need CI information for Missouri”, “Texas adoptee with question about records in Dallas County”. Many of the search angels are state specific. You may waste everyone’s time with “Help” as a subject and busy people may not even read your message. In your message, let people know who you are, who you are looking for, where you were born, if you have non-ID information or other information, where you have been tested at, and anything else of help. For Yahoo Groups, Facebook and Twitter profiles add your test kit numbers and surnames of interest to your signature. You can also include your User ID names also if you think that will help. When filling out your profile on additional DNA testing sites, also include your GEDMatch numbers and ask that any matches to you upload their DNA their also. Your kit number and surnames could spark someone looking for you.
GEDMatch A98765, M34567
Surnames: Doe, Smith, Johnson
Some of the groups have people with subscriptions to Newspapers.com and other subscriptions that cost money. In most cases a request for an article, birth notice, obituary, is answered almost immediately, saving you money. Once again if you want someone to open your email in a group, a heading like “Newspaper birth record request” will get the right people that are willing to help to open your email and help you with the information. 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.