Now that DNA testing is easier and relatively inexpensive, we can remove many question marks about our biological families.
A paternity test can identify a child’s father without question. Genealogists are extending family trees farther back in time. High school students are checking their ethnic ancestry for college admission and financial aid purposes.
DNA is also helping adoptees reunite with birth families. My name is Richard Hill and I was one of the first adoptees to identify a birth parent through genetic genealogy DNA tests.
The Wall Street Journal reported my innovative use of this new technology in a front page article in 2009. Now you can read the entire story of my decades-long search in my award-winning book:
If you read the book, you will see why I’m passionate about sharing the insider’s tips I’ve learned through first-hand experience.
These tests are based on sound science. But if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you can take the wrong test for your situation. It’s also easy to pay too much…settle for incomplete data…or misinterpret the results.
I created this web site for genealogists, adoptees, and anyone uncertain about their biological roots. It will help you avoid mistakes and find the most efficient path to the answers you seek.
As a former scientist, I understood the concepts and researched the technology. Then I asked the right questions before and after every test.
Excited by what this new science did for me, I
continue to study and research the subject.
While there are hundreds of web sites that discuss these tests, this site is different in three important ways:
1. Most sites are created by testing companies. I am a private individual--free to express my independent opinions.
2. I write from the personal perspective of someone who has used all the most popular tests.
3. I make every effort to write in plain English and make these complex subjects as clear as possible.
This site is organized to cover the following major aspects of DNA testing:
I do not get into the use of DNA in law enforcement.
In addition to reviewing the above sections of this web site, you can learn more from my books featured in the left column. In that same column you can register for my email newsletter or blog and jump to my Facebook page for DNA Testing Adviser.
Click the following "Play" button for a brief video trailer about my personal story.
In more than forty U.S. states adult adoptees are denied a basic human right. We are not allowed to see our original birth certificates. I support the work of the Adoptee Rights Coalition and other groups that are working to change the archaic laws that discriminate against adoptees.
NOTE: 23andMe recently added FDA-approved health test results and increased the price to $199. This impacts many pages on my web site. Please be patient while I update them. Thank you.
May 10, 16 10:05 AM
Once again, I had to tell someone she had wasted her money on a "sibling" test. Countless labs that do paternity testing are still selling the same old technology as a sibling or kinship test. Typical…
May 06, 16 08:00 AM
Here's a great blog from a young woman who found her unknown father through DNA testing. The big lessons? Do all three autosomal DNA tests, work hard on your matches, never give up and take some chanc…
May 05, 16 05:50 PM
I have decided to donate this month’s Amazon book royalties for "Finding Family" to the Kits for Kindness fund at DNA Detectives. The fund supports DNA testing for adoptees in financial need. The book…