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.
Jul 19, 16 12:22 PM
Richard Hill's DNA Test Report Card grades the five most popular DNA tests on the three key functions of genetic genealogy.
Jul 18, 16 10:47 AM
Learn the uses and limitations of Indian DNA test alternatives in Native American genealogy.
Jun 28, 16 09:38 AM
23andMe is the only autosomal DNA test that that also checks enough mtDNA and (for men) Y-DNA to report your haplogroups. While this is not as good as the specific Y-DNA and mtDNA tests at Family Tree…