Genetic Testing and Genealogy for Adoptees

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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.


+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • 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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24/08/2016 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2016 Shows, Adoption, Adoption Radio Shows, Radio Show | 2 Comments

2 Responses to Genetic Testing and Genealogy for Adoptees

  1. Avatar John K. from Charlotte, NC says:

    Dawn, so sorry I couldn’t be on Wednesday’s show. I’m glad you were able to tell my story, though, and hopefully it will help someone else find what they’re searching for. I’d love to give you an update someday so keep me in mind if a similar topic ever comes up.

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