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If you're not adopted, you may have trouble understanding what drives many adoptees to search for their birth families. This woman's letter lets you peek inside the mind and heart of one adoptee.
DNA testing helped reunite a Mississippi woman with her biological father. This search was followed and recorded by ABC News. Multiple DNA tests were used.
23andMe has released a new Genetic Weight report to users of its Health + Ancestry version. If your genes predispose you to weigh more than average, it tells you by how much, e.g. 8% more than average.
I checked the results for several family members and the results make sense. For example, I am predisposed to weigh about average and have never struggled with excess weight. But those who have had to work harder to control their weight do show a genetic predisposition to weigh more than average.
The report is is the Wellness section.
No matter which autosomal DNA test my relatives do first, I bring all of them into Family Finder to take advantage of the great analysis tools.
Now there are three options for getting there priced at $79, $19 and $0. See this page to compare the options.
If you would like to listen to my audiobook for free, check your local library's digital collection. The "Finding Family" audiobook is now available through both Overdrive and Hoopla.
Many libraries use one or both services to provide their patrons with popular audiobooks. The following link includes a sample you can listen to now.
What's it like to be African-American and Irish? Here is one man's story with some interesting historical connections between blacks and Irish in America.
Do the AncestryDNA test for a sale price of just $89. Then transfer your raw data for free to Family Finder, GEDmatch and MyHeritage.
It's a great time to get started with genetic genealogy. Expand your family tree. Discover your ethnicity. Find unknown biological relatives if you're adopted or have an unknown father.
Sale ends March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Starting Monday you can get free access to Findmypast’s Irish records for five days.
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Over 33 million Irish newspaper articles spanning the years 1708 to 1956
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The complete Griffith's Valuation
The most comprehensive set of national directories, dating back to 1814
Indexes to Irish wills dating from 1270 – 1858
Over 400,000 gravestones and church memorials
MyHeritage accepts free transfers from other autosomal DNA tests.
Based outside the U.S., MyHeritage has the largest international network of family trees. With this wide international reach, you have a great chance of being matched with relatives who live in other countries.
Also, DNA uploaders will soon get the new ethnicity report for free. This is really a no-brainer. Upload now.
The Finding Family Audiobook lets you listen to Richard Hill’s award-winning story, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA.”
This father-daughter reunion resulted from DNA tests at different companies that showed up as a close match on GEDmatch.
GPS Origins claims to "locate the village where your ancestors lived hundreds and hundreds of year ago" Don't waste your money. Read this detailed blog post by Debbie Kennett.
Even the Washington Post is writing about adoptees using DNA tests to reunite with their birth families.
Why Family Finder is my favorite DNA test for genealogists and adoptees.
Who Do You Think You Are? begins a new season on March 5th. Once again they will explore the family trees of several celebrities.
Typically, DNA testing will play an important role in some cases. The series is on the TLC network with episodes available online after the broadcast date.
See this link for more information, including a list of this season's celebrities.
Here's an interesting segment on DNA testing that appeared on Sunday Today program last weekend
I provided a guest post for the MyHeritage Blog. While the post is aimed specifically at adoptees, anyone interested in genetic genealogy can get useful tips. That's me in the photo with my adoptive parents.
Great news! Family Tree DNA now accepts transfers into Family Finder from all AncestryDNA tests and all 23andMe tests done since November 2010.
Upload your raw data to receive a full list of matches and the ability to use the Matrix feature FOR FREE.
For just $19, you can unlock the best DNA analysis tools of any test, including Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins.
Use the following link and then choose Autosomal Transfer from the dropdown menu under DNA Tests at the top of the page.
Here's another family reunion that was only made possible through DNA testing.
How has DNA changed the way adoptees find birth families? The American Adoption Congress newsletter includes this report of adoptee search results over the past two years.
For a Jewish adoptee, finding one's birth family is especially difficult for the reasons explained in this article. But this case had a successful ending.
Why Taking DNA Tests Can Change How You See Your Family. That's the theme of this interesting story of discovery.
This excellent article supports a change in Connecticut law to open adoption records for older adults, who were adopted before October 1983. Records are already open for more recent adoptions.
I just mailed in my DNA sample to LivingDNA. This test breaks down your ancestry across 80 worldwide regions, as well as over 21 regions in the British Isles. It also reports your haplogroups. This should be useful for people like me with British ancestry. I will report on it after my results are ready. Check it out now to learn more:
Richard Hill answers the most popular questions he gets from those seeking DNA advice.
Once you get your results from any of the autosomal DNA tests (Family Finder, AncestryDNA, 23andMe and MyHeritageDNA), be sure to upload your raw data to GEDmatch. Blogger Jim Bartlett explains exactly how to do it.
A man abandoned as a newborn finds his birth family 39 years later through DNA testing.
I am trying a promising new DNA test. MyHeritage DNA claims Ethnicity Estimates with higher resolution and better accuracy. Plus, they have a global user base that should produce many unique matches Check it out here:
Here's another story of an adoptee who found her birth family through genetic genealogy. She followed the standard advice to fish in all three autosomal DNA ponds. It was the Family Finder test that yielded the breakthrough match.
If you are an adoptee who took an autosomal DNA test at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA in 2015 or 2016, please complete this survey.
This is the same survey mentioned in my prior post. It is still open for more participants.
23andMe now offers two versions of it's DNA test. The Ancestry-only version is just $99. The Health + Ancestry version that includes some FDA-approved health test results is $199.
If you already have results from another autosomal DNA test, you may be able to transfer into Family Finder for free.
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