The Story Behind DNA Testing Adviser

Richard Hill

My name is Richard Hill and DNA Testing Adviser is my web site. I’m an adoptee and sole author of this Independent Guide to DNA Testing.

Using several DNA tests, I completed a decades-long search for my biological family.

My biggest breakthrough was a Y-DNA test from Family Tree DNA that identified my birth father's surname. A man of that name had been my birth mother's employer. I tracked down a niece of that man who introduced me to the family.

The man in question had five brothers and all were deceased. I used another lab to do a "sibling" test with a son of each brother. That pointed to one man as my birth father. But I would discover many years later that the results lead me to the WRONG CONCLUSION.

In late 2011 and early 2012 I used the 23andMe and Family Finder DNA tests to correctly identify my birth father.

"Finding Family" Book Tells My Story

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA - Authored by Richard Hill

In late summer of 2012 I shared my complete story in a new book titled "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA." Sales were remarkably strong for a self-published book that was only available online. Furthermore, reviewers loved the book, e.g.

"An engaging, page-turning memoir that thoughtfully puts together the pieces of a family puzzle."  --Kirkus Reviews

The book was a semi-finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was awarded a Global Ebook Award.

Success Results in a New Publisher Edition

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA - Authored by Richard Hill

The book's success brought offers from publishers to republish the book. I eventually accepted an offer from Familius and in late 2017 the new edition was launched. 

Besides a new cover and some additional photos, this new edition includes a Beginners Guide to DNA Testing as a free supplement in both the print and eBook editions.

"Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, an inherently fascinating and compelling read from beginning to end, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" is an extraordinary account."  --Midwest Book Reviews

Unlike the original self-published edition, this new edition is available in many brick and mortar bookstores.

Click Finding Family authored by Richard Hill to read a description of the book and see what other early reviewers wrote about it.

The Purpose of DNA Testing Adviser

My original purpose for creating this DNA Testing Adviser web site was to share what I learned with the adoption search community. But I now had biological roots to explore. So I got into genealogy. And I soon met many genealogists who knew little or nothing about genetic genealogy.

I decided to write DNA Testing Adviser for a broader audience of genealogists, adoptees, and anyone interested in paternity or other relationship testing.

For a more complete summary of my background read the Richard Hill Bio page.

My DNA Testing Guide

While this web site covers a lot of ground in great detail, I saw a need for a freestanding overview on the subject of DNA testing.

In August 2011 I published a concise Guide to DNA Testing that has been widely praised in the genetic genealogy community. Within 30 days after it was announced, more than 1,400 people had downloaded this Guide. I update the Guide periodically with new information. See the following page to learn more about this Guide:

How to Identify Ancestors and Confirm Relationships through DNA Testing

Your Feedback

I invite you to use my Contact form. Tell me what you like about my site and if I was able to help you. Here are some examples of comments that have inspired me to keep expanding this site:

“I thank you for your open, caring approach to the struggle of others who share in the same dilemma. I have been searching for years and now, a new found hope.  About to start with your advice.  Great job.”

“An article I read about your site has given me hope that there may be a way to search without intruding on my mother’s memory or my father’s life.”

“Your article on line was the only thing I could find that helped explain the possible results [of a DNA Test] and I do thank you for that!”

"For all of the online searching that I have been doing, your site explains the most clearly what DNA testing can and cannot confirm."

Speaking Engagements

I have told my story in person to various audiences. Some want to learn about DNA testing. And others just want to be entertained by an intriguing story.

Over time I have added new presentations to choose from.

If your genealogy group, adoption search group, or civic organization is looking for a speaker, see my Genealogy Speaker page.


DNA Testing Adviser is my personal site. I, Richard Hill, am not employed by any testing lab and I do not sell DNA tests. I provide free information to all my readers.

In order to cover my out-of-pocket costs and the time I invest in this site, I accept some limited advertising.  Such compensation does not influence the information in this site. I always share my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, and experiences. 

"Ads by Google" are not selected by me. Yet many of those sites provide additional useful information relevant to the subject of DNA testing. As traffic to this site has increased, more general advertisers have appeared.

When you click on any of those links, I earn a small commission. However, I do not receive any additional compensation if you decide to purchase from a Google advertiser.

I only accept non-Google sponsorships from providers of high-quality goods or services that are relevant to the focus of this web site. Those are “affiliate” relationships. So compensation works the opposite of ads by Google. I receive nothing if you merely link to their site. But I can receive a commission if you actually purchase something.

Virtually all of the DNA testing companies in this field have affiliate programs. Like most DNA bloggers, I participate in such programs only for those tests that I use and recommend anyway. Using one of my affiliate links will not cost you any extra; but the commissions help me provide news and advice for free.

Please do support my sponsors. Maintaining DNA Testing Adviser takes time and effort to deliver original content, free, to you. Supporting my sponsors at DNA Testing Adviser is a WIN-WIN-WIN for you, me, and them. Thank you very much.


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