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Since today is Father's Day, the Grand Rapids Press ran a front-page article about me, my book, and my two fathers. The article is also online.
My "Finding Family" book has been named a Finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
The awards "recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories." My category is Memoirs (Other).
For me, the best part about this is that book experts who have nothing to do with adoption or genealogy liked the book. Similarly, it also got a great review in Kirkus Reviews.
"Finding Family" now has 60 reader reviews on Amazon.com with 56 of them rating the book 5 stars.
"How DNA Testing is Changing the World of Adoption Search." That's the title of my 3-page article that appears in the May issue of Adoption Today. I believe it's the most comprehensive article to date on this subject. Click the link below to reach the article online.
Dr. Melanie Barton recently interviewed Richard Hill about his book,"Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA."
Unlike most interviewers, Dr. Melanie actually read the book before the interview. That lead to some very specific questions and some interesting discussions.
Click the following link to listen.
Family Tree DNA is having a good sale right now, including Family Finder. It's only for a few days, so check it out now at the link below.
Family Tree DNA has temporarily reduced the price of its 12-marker Y-DNA test from $99 to only $39. If you are male or have a man in your family, this is a great time to begin your exploration of genetic genealogy.
This test will reveal the basic haplogroup of your paternal line. You can learn the migration path of your ancient ancestors.
Most likely, you will discover that you match a number of other men in the company's huge Y-DNA database. Determining how close your common ancestors lived will probably require an upgrade to more markers. But even if you end up buying an upgrade, you will still save money overall.
Family Tree DNA will hold your DNA sample for 25 years. So at any time in the future you can order any of their tests without providing another sample.
If you have an older male relative, I would jump on this now just to preserve his DNA while he is still around.
Also, if you're in any kind of family research project, you might want to buy some extra kits now. Just register them as TBD (for To Be Determined). Test kits do not expire and you can submit the samples whenever you get appropriate test subjects.
Richard Hill's book, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA, is reviewed in First Mother Forum
Claudia Corrgan D'Arcy interviews Richard Hill for her blog, Musings of the Lame
In the last three weeks reviews of my book have appeared in four different blogs or publications in the adoption community.
The first with a book review of "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" and an interview with me was the Lost Daughters Blog.
The next review appeared in the February issue of Adoption Today magazine.
That was followed by a review/interview in Musings of the Lame.
Now the [Birth Mother,] First Mother Forum has added yet another review that you can reach through the following link:
Family Tree DNA is the only genetic genealogy company that does its own testing. They also do the testing for National Geographic's Geno 2.0 tests and now offer exome and whole genome sequencing.
Last fall I toured that lab. Using photos and notes from Tim Janzen and some subsequent explanations from FTDNA's Thomas Krahn, CeCe Moore has compiled an illustrated summary of what we learned that day.
FYI, I am the tallest guy in the third photo.
"Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" praised by Adoption Today.
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