Genetic Testing and Genealogy for Adoptees
Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Richard Hill, genealogist and author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA; Bethany Waterbury, geneologist with Next of Kin Research; and CeCe Moore, a genealogist, speaker, and teacher of genetic genealogy courses.
- Stories of adoptees that used genetic testing to find medical information and birth family members.
- What is genetic genealogy?
- What are the main reasons adoptees do genetic testing? Is it to find birth family members, or is it to get medical info?
- What genetic tests are available and how do they differ?
- What is the cost of genetic testing for health info and genealogy?
- What is involved with doing genetic testing for genetic genealogy?
- What are the main genetic testing companies and which one is best for adopted people or donor conceived people?
- What medical information is available with genetic testing and is it so general as to be of limited use for either health information or finding the names of birth parents?
- How to use the DNA information you get to find health info. that is relevant to you?
- How to use the DNA info you get to track down birth family members?
- What genetic tests are most recommended for international adoptees?
- What genetic testing company is best for adoptees who live in countries outside of the US?
- Should adoptive parents test their kids (when they are young) or should the parents allow the child to choose when they are 18+ if they want the testing or not?
- How cooperative are extended relatives that you find via genetic testing in helping adoptees find their birth family?
- How to hire a genealogist to help you use the DNA information received through one of the three main genetic testing companies?
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