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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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."
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.
Since I have nothing to sell directly on my website, I depend of various forms of advertising for support. Read my Advertising Disclosure page for details.