Richard Hill Biography

Long and short versions of the biography for Richard Hill and a suggested introduction.


Richard Hill authored the award-winning book, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. A decades-long search for his biological family introduced Richard to several forms of DNA testing.

Motivated to share his success secrets and tips with other adoptees, he created his web site,, which makes genetic genealogy understandable to all.

As the first unifying expert to bridge the fields of genetic genealogy and adoption search, Mr. Hill has advised thousands of adoptees, genealogists, and others seeking to find lost relatives or confirm suspected relationships.

His groundbreaking use of genetic genealogy tests in adoption search has been featured on the front pages of The Wall Street Journal, the Grand Rapids Press, and the Detroit News.

Mr. Hill’s talks have been well received by genealogy associations and DNA conferences, including the 7th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy sponsored by Family Tree DNA, the first Family History and DNA conference held in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE conference in England.

To satisfy the demand for a quick, easy-to-understand overview of genetic genealogy, Richard has published a Kindle Short Book on His "Guide to DNA Testing" gives readers just enough information to choose the right DNA tests for their purposes.

Richard is a member of Toastmasters International, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the American Adoption Congress and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

Now retired from a career in marketing communications, Hill has a BS in physics and an MBA. He lives in West Michigan with his wife of forty-seven years.


Richard Hill was the first known case of an adoptee using genetic genealogy DNA tests to identify his birth family. He is the author of two books. Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is an award-winning personal memoir that follows his decades long search for his birth parents.

Hill's Kindle Short Book, Guide to DNA Testinggives readers just enough information to choose the right DNA tests for their purposes.

He also authors the web site, and gives presentations on genetic genealogy.


At 18 years old, Richard Hill accidentally discovered a deeply hidden family secret: he was adopted. Many years later, he was startled to learn that he had a brother out there somewhere. What then began as a search for his mother and brother evolved into a decades-long search for his biological father.

Blocked by sealed records, lies, and cover-ups, Richard eventually turned to a series of new DNA tests designed for genealogists. His groundbreaking use of this new science revealed his birth father’s last name and—more recently—helped him prove which of five deceased brothers had been his biological father.

Richard has made it his personal mission to share what he learned with other adoptees and genealogists. He does that through his web site,, speaking engagements, and writing.

The award-winning book that tells his entire story is titled Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. His second book, a brief introduction to genetic genealogy in eBook format only, is called Guide to DNA Testing.

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