Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is the first book to chronicle the paradigm-shifting application of genetic genealogy to adoption search. Author Richard Hill tells how DNA testing identified his deceased biological father and helped him reunite with his siblings.
November is National Adoption Month and the seven million U.S. adoptees will be thinking about their first families…the mothers who gave them up for adoption, the fathers who helped create them, and the biological siblings they never knew. A new book, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA, gives a true and deeply personal account of adoptee Richard Hill’s quest for his biological heritage. The cornerstone of the book is his landmark use of DNA testing to unravel the lies and secrets surrounding his birth.
Part memoir and part self-help guide, this book tells the story of an adopted man on a personal mission to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. The author takes readers along on a quest that required rigorous research, decades of persistence, and ultimately the science of DNA.
Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of Adoption Nation, describes Hill’s book as follows: “Finding Family tells a gripping, inspirational story, but it also does more: It provides a genuinely useful self-help guide for adopted people, genealogists and anyone else who wants to explore their personal history.”
The book is not just for adoptees and genealogists, however. Early reviewers have called Finding Family “a heart-warming mystery” and “some of the most fascinating non-fiction you will ever read.”
In his Foreword, Bennett Greenspan, Founder and President of Family Tree DNA, has this to say about the book: “Combining conventional genealogy, DNA analysis, and good old-fashioned gumshoe detective work, Richard has weaved his personal story into a thrilling saga that should serve as a roadmap for anyone seeking the who and why of an adoptee’s birth.”
The new genetic genealogy tests responsible for Richard’s success can find biological relatives and confirm specific relationships such as full siblings, half siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. They can also provide information long sought by adoptees such as ethnicity and personal health traits inherited from ancestors.
More information about Richard Hill’s book, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA, including early reviews and comprehensive media resources, can be found online at http://FindingFamilyBook.com. The book is available from Amazon.com and other online booksellers in both trade paperback and eBook editions.
About the Author:
Richard Hill has made it his personal mission to share what he learned about DNA testing with other adoptees and genealogists. He does that through his web site, http://www.DNA-Testing-Adviser.com, speaking engagements, and now through the book that tells the whole story of this decades-long search, including his groundbreaking use of DNA testing.
Now retired from careers in science and marketing, Richard serves on the Advisory Board of the Mixed Roots Foundation where he is Co-Director of the Global Adoptee Genealogy Project. He lives in West Michigan with his wife of forty-four years.