My DNA Testing Strategies

A free information resource
for adoptees, genealogists and
others exploring genetic roots

Richard Hill, DNA Testing AdviserRichard Hill, Author & Genetic Genealogy Speaker

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.

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.

My Recommended DNA Tests

Most people start with these 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

MyHeritage

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.

A fifth test of the same type, Living DNA, provides a unique breakdown of British ancestry into sub-regions. That test is not yet a significant source of genetic matches, but that feature is coming.

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. 

Click any or all of my links above to learn more and see current pricing.

My Groundbreaking Story

My name is Richard Hill and I was the first known case of an adoptee using genetic genealogy DNA tests to identify his birth family.

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:

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

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.

The Subjects Covered Here

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. 

Your Next Steps

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 jump to my Facebook page for DNA Testing Adviser.

Speaking Engagements

I offer a variety of educational presentations on the use of DNA testing. If your organization needs speakers, please check out my Speaking page.

The Finding Family Book Trailer

Click the following "Play" button for a brief video trailer about my personal story. The book cover is the original edition, which has now been replaced.



A Proud Supporter of Adoptee Rights

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.


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Recent Articles

  1. Would You Help a Donor-Conceived Person Find Their Biological Parent?

    Jan 28, 20 10:22 AM

    Since DNA testing can uncover all kinds of biological relationships, it raises many ethical questions. As an adoptee, I understand the need to know one's biological roots and I am forever thankful for…

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  2. Woman Reunites with Father After 56 Years

    Jan 27, 20 08:52 AM

    Not all family discoveries result from DNA testing. Sometimes it's something else, like Facebook in this particular case in the U.K.

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  3. Free Livestream Schedule for RootsTech 2020

    Jan 24, 20 10:03 AM

    Attending RootsTech is a great experience. I went last year. But the total cost of getting to Salt Lake City and staying in hotels is high. Thankfully, several of the presentations will be streamed li…

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