Sometimes, they’re used by those who were adopted and are now trying to find their birth parents.
I have worked with several people, and all have been successful in finding out information about their birth parents through a DNA connection. A new book should help others in the future. Tamar Weinberg’s “The Adoptee’s Guide to DNA Testing: How to Use Genetic Genealogy to Discover Your Long-Lost Family” was published this summer by FamilyTreemagazine.com. The 240-page, softcover book is truly a goldmine of information and techniques. Her first two chapters are about how to research your origins using what you know and using adoption records per state, as it often depend on where you were adopted and the accessibility of the records. The middle of the book covers the basics of DNA testing and the four major DNA testing companies (AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage DNA) and how to understand and evaluate the matches you have there. Then she discusses “Advanced Tools,” exploring “Establishing a Biological Connection” and using the Third Party connections like GEDmatch to compare results from more than one company. There are seven case studies from adoptees who have been successful in finding biological parents. This is an extremely important addition to DNA research tools and is a must-have for anyone seriously trying to learn their birth story. It is available from the publisher for $29.99, at major bookstores, or online.