A free information resource
for adoptees, genealogists and
others exploring genetic roots
Now that DNA testing is easier and far less expensive, we can remove many question marks about our biological families. Genealogists are extending and confirming family trees and adoptees are reuniting with birth families.
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.
This website was 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.
Recommended DNA Tests
Anyone can test and you will discover hundreds or even thousands of genetic relatives. Each test also provides an estimated breakdown of your overall ethnic ancestry.
23andMe ~ AncestryDNA ~ Family Finder (by Family Tree DNA) ~ MyHeritage ~ Living DNA
Since each database contains mostly different people, adoptees and serious genealogists know that “fishing in all the ponds” is the best strategy for finding lost family or breaking through brick walls in genealogy research.
Two additional test types are offered by Family Tree DNA. Their Y-DNA test checks a man’s Y chromosome and the matches will share a common ancestor in that man’s direct paternal line, i.e. his father’s father’s father etc.
Their mitochondrial DNA test can be done by anyone and finds people who share a common ancestor in your direct maternal line, i.e. your mother’s mother’s mother etc.
The cutting edge of DNA testing is whole genome sequencing. The company I recommend for that is Nebula Genetics.
Click any or all of my links above to learn more and see current pricing.
The Subjects Covered on the Site
This site is organized to cover the following major aspects of DNA testing:
- Genealogy / Family Tree Building
- Adoptee Searches for Birth Parents & Siblings
- Ethnicity and Ancient Ancestry
- Paternity Testing
- Health and Personal Genomics
Your Next Steps
In addition to reviewing the above sections of this web site, you can learn more from the books featured in the left column. In that same column you can jump to our Facebook page for DNA Testing Adviser.