Adoptee DNA Assistance

Locating birth parents requires a correlation of family history research and genetic genealogy, working in both the present day and recent past. Clients are typically adoptees that have DNA tested, but are unsure how to use their match lists to identify birth parents.

After an initial interview, a detailed research plan is prepared with a expected budget. Once approved, a retainer is required. Clients who have not taken an autosomal DNA test will be instructed where to test (cost of test is not included in the project budget). Once test results are available, the work begins.

As the DNA matches are sorted and analyzed, a family pedigree is constructed. This requires accessing on-line records and databases. As the research continues, targeted testing of specific individuals may be required. The client is kept apprised of the progress and any unexpected findings throughout the process.

A written report will be provided that specifically identifies the DNA matches and documentary records used to establish relationships. Contact with living people will be left up to the client.

Locating a Birth Mother Using DNA Matches

Locating a birth mother using DNA matches


Can you locate birth – parents, siblings, grandparents?
With DNA testing it has become possible to identify birth family members, and in many instances, birth parents. As the process of discovering birth family members proceeds, it may create difficult choices and challenging feelings. Adoptees may find it helpful to also consulting with a counselor during this process, especially if they intend to make contact with a birth family member.
Is a DNA test necessary?

Conducting genetic genealogy to establish birth parents does require that you take an atDNA test. We can discuss the best testing site for you. Costs related to testing will be up to you.

Will you contact my birth parents?
Contacting birth family members can lead to a host of feelings on both parts. This may be the only chance that an adoptee has to talk with a birth family member, as such, it is typically recommended that an adoptee make first contact with a birth family member.