How to Find Birth Families
with DNA Testing

Today, adoptees can find birth families through inexpensive DNA tests. This is true even if the birth records are sealed and you have zero information.

With over 30 million people in these genetic genealogy databases, success rates are soaring. Even when it's too late to meet the parents, adoptees are finding siblings, aunts and uncles, and other biological relatives.

The critical step is to get into all four of the databases that compare your DNA to that of every other tester and give you a list of genetic relatives sorted by how closely related you are.

Those tests are AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Family Finder, and MyHeritage. Click the links to learn more about each test and see prices.

To Find Birth Families You Need to Fish in All the Ponds

Experts agree that you need to “fish in all the ponds” to find birth families. That’s because you need to exhaust every possibility of getting the closest possible match. There may be a parent or sibling already tested and waiting to be discovered.

Even if you’re not that lucky, it's still possible to find birth families from more distant DNA matches. The process is involved and can take months if you are new to DNA testing. For more detailed suggestions on the do-it-yourself option, see my page on Tracing Birth Parents.

If you are in a hurry or just lack the time to muddle through all the steps, I suggest you call Origins International at (801) 500-0900 and ask for a free case review. This is the only company that offers a money-back guarantee on birth parent searches.

I recommend them without hesitation and you can read why on my Birth Parent Search page.

Learn about Ethnic Ancestry and Genetic Health

A bonus with each test is an estimated breakdown of your overall ethnicity. You can also use the raw data from any of these tests to see what genetic health issues you may have inherited through inexpensive sites like Promethease.

Just remember that these ethnicity reports are ESTIMATES. I would never draw any conclusions about paternity from this kind of report alone. Only when you share large amounts of DNA with specific people is it safe to draw conclusions about relatedness.

Any adult adoptee looking to find birth families or get answers about his or her genetic history should definitely do these DNA tests. Be sure to explore the rest of this website for additional tips and information.

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