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.

The Wall Street Journal wrote about my search in a 2009 cover story. My local newspaper, the Grand Rapids Press, also published this article on Father's Day that year.

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.

New Book Tells My Full Story

In late summer of 2012 I told my complete story in a new book:

Finding Family

My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

Click Finding Family to read a description of this book and see what early readers are saying about it.

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

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.

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 12-page DNA Testing Guide 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. You can download your own copy from the following page:

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. If your genealogy group, adoption search group, or civic organization is looking for a speaker, please reach out to me through this site's Contact form.


DNA Testing Adviser is my personal site. I 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.

The ad on this page with relevant books on DNA testing and adoption search is an example of an affiliate advertisement. You could buy the same books by going directly to the Amazon site. The price would be the same. But I would not earn a commission.

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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