My DNA Testing Strategies

Richard Hill, DNA Testing AdviserRichard Hill

A free information resource
for adoptees, genealogists and
others exploring genetic roots

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:

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

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.

My Unique View of DNA Testing

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.

The Subjects Covered Here

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. 

Your Next Steps

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.

The Finding Family Book Trailer

Click the following "Play" button for a brief video trailer about my personal story.



A Proud Supporter of Adoptee Rights

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.





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Recent Articles

  1. DNA Test Finds Birth Mother

    Aug 19, 17 12:00 AM

    How long does it take for an adoptee to go from DNA test results to speaking with her birth mother? In this case it was less than 48 hours. The article says it was an AncestryDNA test; but the accompa…

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  2. Contacting Siblings When a First Mother is Silent

    Aug 18, 17 12:00 AM

    If an adoptee identifies a birth mother but she refuses contact, should he or she contact a sibling? That issue is discussed in detail in this great blog post by Lorraine Dusky. I agree with her compl…

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  3. Solving Adoption Mysteries at DNA Detectives

    Aug 17, 17 12:00 AM

    If you're an adoptee or otherwise separated from biological family, the place to turn for advice and support is The DNA Detectives group on Facebook. This article covers just a few of their many succe…

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