DNA Genealogy Companies Help Adoptees Find Their Roots

The Washington Times has published an interesting story about adoptees using DNA technology to find birth parents. Quoting from the article by Cheryl Wetzstein:

Today, hundreds, if not thousands, of adoptees have used DNA genealogy companies like Family Tree DNA, 23andMe and Ancestry.com to jump over bureaucratic barriers and find members of their genetic families.

“People sometimes say we can’t do it unless there’s close DNA matches, but that’s not true — we can do it with distant ones too,” said CeCe Moore, a professional genetic genealogist who has appeared on “Finding Your Roots” with Henry L. Gates Jr. on PBS.

Even “foundlings” can find their birth relatives, Ms. Moore said.

DNA testing is the only way to find family heritage for these people since “opening records can’t help when there are no records,” said Ms. Moore, who has helped find birth families for a woman who was abandoned as a baby behind a grocery store, another person who was left on church steps and a third who was left at a baby-sitter’s house.

You can read the full article and watch videos at http://goo.gl/fYFrVI.


The DNAAdoption.com group of Teachers and Searchers is wonderful. I went through one of their classes. It took me only a few months to find both of my birth parents. It has been a wonderful experience for me.


To see one person’s story of using dna to find a adoptive parent I highly recommend the blog “Hoosier Daddy” by genealogist Michael Lapoco. It details out his journey to discover his mother’s unknown father. It details out the use of dna testing to trace various lines to narrow down who his grandfather is. In addition he is a great story teller. Wonderful and knowlegble read for using dna to discover unknown ancestors.


Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer January 1, 2015 at 2:12 pm

The book _Finding Family_, by Richard Hill, is the story of his search for his birth family, including the use of genealogical testing, and how one test gave him results that suggested a certain person (among five brothers) was his father, but a more sophisticated test developed later gave him a different result that was conclusive for another of the brothers. Hill began his search back in the days before the Internet and DNA testing and was able to make some progress on his mother’s line with paper research; he had also narrowed down possibilities for his father with interviews and more paper research. It’s an interesting book.


I hope to do DNA testing soon, but I found my families because of special angels (all 3 are in heaven now). I wish that story had mentioned more about how it doesn’t always turn out that well, some people don’t want to be bothered, even people who knew. I have a half brother (younger), who knew our father had been married before and had a child from that marriage that was given up for adoption. At least I was warned that majority of families found are not totally okay about being found, some are okay at first, but may change their minds later. Two of my special angels had also been looking and both had iffy connections with their biological families. I directed others to them for help too, none had great connections with those they found. I hope it is better these days.


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