Personal DNA testing has been a miracle for finding biological family, whether you are looking for both parents, an unknown dad, an unknown grandad, or even, as in my family, an unknown 3rd grandfather as well as an unknown 5th grandad.
On Monday evening October 25 I will be giving a talk about using DNA for unknown parentage live (online) for Indian Trails Library in Prospect Heights, Illinois (click here and scroll down to Oct 25 at 7pm Central time). I have given presentations on the methodology for these searches in the past, most recently for Rootstech 2021, but I am always updating it with new tools. Also this will be a full hour, so more in depth. Plus it includes a question and answer session afterwards.
Little did I know nine years ago, when I started testing my family and blogging about DNA and genealogy that those skills would translate into helping others find family. Click here for some of the interesting cases that I have blogged about.
It is an incredibly rewarding experience to reunite families and it has brought me much joy.
UPDATE:The video is now online at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE89cvNiBKg
How to attend?
If you click on the image of the talk from the library it will take you to the sign up page
I always enjoy hearing you and learning from your updates. Can you clarify the time — 7 p.m. CA time??
5 pm California time. I added central time to clarify above, thanks for the comment!
For people not available at that time, will there be a link posted to watch at a later date?
Yes the library has a YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgIPla9QyW_E3TKEkx_dMRQ
Thanks for the info! Another typo: “scroll down to Oct 24” (just being helpful).
thanks Anita, fixed
The video is now freely available online at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE89cvNiBKg
Yes. Helping a friend find their birth parents was the most incredible experience EVAR!!
And I learned more than a few tips for “regular” genealogy as I marked his matches and built out the tree. Dad was easy: he’d tested at Ancestry. Mom took a bit of detective work as she, too, was adopted. She is testing to verify who we think her bio dad is.