Richard Hill has a BS in physics, an MBA degree, and more than thirty years experience in marketing and copywriting. Frequently dealing with technical products and services, he knows how to simplify complex subjects and make them easy to understand.
In recent years, a personal mission has transformed into a public passion.
At the age of eighteen, Richard accidentally learned that he was adopted. Fourteen years later, his adoptive father revealed on his deathbed that Richard had a brother.
A decades-long search for his biological family introduced Richard to several forms of DNA testing. Motivated to share his success secrets and tips with other adoptees, he created this educational web site, DNA-Testing-Adviser.com.
This web site makes DNA testing in general—and genetic genealogy in particular—understandable to both adoptees and genealogists. In addition, Richard has personally advised hundreds of adoptees and others.
Richard’s groundbreaking use of DNA tests to identify his birth father was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. By cracking his own personal mystery, Richard opened the door for other adoptees to discover their biological families.
Managing the DNA Surname Project for his biological father’s surname, Richard Hill attends insiders’ technical conferences sponsored by Family Tree DNA. He also belongs to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and participates in online forums, mailing lists and discussion groups.
In pursuit of his mission Richard has met or corresponded with dozens of authors, bloggers, and other experts in the previously separate fields of genetic genealogy and adoption search. As the unifying expert that bridges these two fields, he has become the go-to person for adoptees and others seeking to find lost relatives or confirm suspected relationships.
Knowing that bigger DNA databases will yield more and better matches for adoptees and genealogists alike, Richard has become an effective advocate for genetic genealogy testing.
A member of Toastmasters International and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Richard uses his unique story to introduce others to DNA testing through his entertaining and informative presentations before genealogy, adoption, and civic groups.
Richard’s award-winning book, <i>Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA,</i> chronicles his entire search experience—from the accidental discovery of his adoption through the aftermath of his successful DNA testing. It is available in both print and eBook formats.
For a detailed description of the book, including some comments by adoption and genealogy experts, see the Finding Family Book page.
To satisfy the demand for a quick, easy-to-understand overview of genetic genealogy, Richard has published a Kindle Short Book on Amazon.com. His "Guide to DNA Testing" gives readers just enough information to choose the right DNA tests for their purposes.
Anyone wishing to interact with Richard is encouraged to visit his Facebook Page for DNA Testing Adviser.
A more complete bio of his professional career can be found on Richard’s LinkedIn profile.
You can also follow Richard on Twitter @RichardHillDNA.
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