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.