Adoption or Unknown Parentage Research Using Genealogy+DNA: Searching without Any Information
Traditional Genealogy + DNA + Descendancy Research + Living People Search + a Whole Lot More
After 7 days of extensive research and DNA mapping on a new case, I was able to narrow my non-legally adopted client's biological father down to 2 brothers, and on day 8, I had found one child (out of many) of the 2 brothers willing to take a DNA test to confirm which of the 2 brothers it is. She excitedly agreed to test to see if she has a newly found brother or 1st cousin!
There is a lead on his biological mother (narrowed down to one line) with a possible birth certificate number, but getting that certificate, when you can't show proof it's yours or how you're related, is a whole other story.
This recent unknown parentage case, out of many, has brought me to share part of the methodology I use. These are just guidelines and some tips for adoptive research that combine DNA and traditional genealogy with my “Uncovered Roots Method” DNA Research; descendancy research; living people search; and a WHOLE lot more, but this is in no way the full process that I use. 😉
These tips can be used in adoptive research or anyone looking for an unknown biological parent or other relative. 😉
Sometimes you may find your parent or other relative with this method, and sometimes you may just get down to a particular family or family line. 😉
Steps to Adoption or Unknown Parentage Research if No Information:
Have you tried a "no name search" in the areas where you suspect you were born, with just your birthdate?
Are you adopted or did you grow up with just one known parent and are looking for a biological parent? Have you reached a genealogy brick wall for a particular ancestor or relative? Have you tried these tips to find a parent, ancestor, or any other relative? I’d love to hear your comments below in the comment section!
More Genealogy Resources:
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More Genealogy Research Tips:
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More DNA + Genealogy Tips:
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More Genealogy Brick Wall Tips:
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Genealogy + DNA Research Services:
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