The Adoptee's Guide to DNA Testing

Reconnect with your family tree using the adoption genealogy strategies in this guide. Inside, you’ll learn how to find birth parents using adoption records and the best DNA tests for adoptees.

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Thanks to DNA testing, it’s never been easier for adoptees, foundlings, and others of unknown parentage to find their birth families. But how can DNA tests help you connect to family, and what do your results mean? Enter this book: a comprehensive guide to adoption genealogy that will give you the resources you need to find your long-lost family with DNA. This book will cover all the basics of genetic testing, plus how your DNA results from services like AncestryDNA and 23andMe can help you build out your family tree.

What’s Inside

The Adoptee’s Guide to DNA Testing features:

  • Strategies for connecting to previous generations, including how to reach out to potential relatives
  • Detailed guides for using DNA tests and tools, plus how to analyze your test results and apply them to research
  • Inspiring real-life success stories that put the book’s techniques into practice

Who Should Get This Book

You’ll love The Adoptee’s Guide to DNA Testing if…

  • You’ve just discovered you’re adopted or that your parentage isn’t what you thought it was
  • You’re seeking closure for long-held family mysteries
  • You want to help a friend or loved one discover their birth families

Excerpt: Sample Tips

Here are some tips you’ll find in The Adoptee’s Guide to DNA Testing:

  1. Don’t start with DNA. While it can be tempting to jump into DNA testing right away, start with traditional research techniques and records before turning to genetic testing. DNA testing’s usefulness depends on who has tested so far, and you could wait a long time before connecting with a DNA match in the database.
  2. Save before you send Before you contact a match (particularly a close match), grab a screenshot of the match’s information and (if possible) create a mirror tree. Many adoptees will make initial contact with a potential relative, only to be blocked by the other user or see the other person’s account shut down. Some people test only to learn their ancestry and don’t want to be contacted by potential relatives, especially birth parents or unknown or long-lost children.
  3. Follow the paper trail DNA tests can take you back a few generations, but you’ll want to consult traditional records to support your hypotheses. Many adoptees and others with unknown parentage don’t have traditional genealogical documentation, but they can still try to match with someone who can/has created a family tree.

About The Author: Tamar Weinberg

Tamar Weinberg is a professional hustler, genealogy enthusiast, and writer, having authored the bestselling book The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web. She’s appeared on CBS News and The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and has been quoted in Forbes, USA Today, Businessweek, and many other publications. She is an active participant in online communities relating to genealogy and DNA, and after thousands of hours of study and research, has helped solve many cases of unknown parentage. She resides in New York with her husband and their four children. Read more about Tamar on her website.

Contents of the The Adoptee’s Guide to DNA Testing:

Foreword by Kitty Munson Cooper


Part 1: Your Journey Begins Here

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Your Search

Chapter 2: Proven Search Strategies (That Don’t Involve DNA)

Chapter 3: The Basics of DNA Testing

Part 2: DNA Tests and Testing Companies

Chapter 4: Types of DNA

Chapter 5: AncestryDNA

Chapter 6: Family Tree DNA

Chapter 7: 23andMe

Chapter 8: MyHeritage DNA

Part 3: Advanced Tools

Chapter 9: Establishing a Biological Connection

Chapter 10: Analyzing Your DNA with GEDmatch

Chapter 11: Triangulating Your DNA Data

Part 4: Case Studies

Appendix: Frequently Asked Questions

Appendix: Worksheets

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R7243
Author/Speaker/Editor Tamar Weinberg
Product Type Book
Binding Paperback
ISBN 13 9781440353376
Number Of Pages 240
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