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The DNA Guide for Adoptees: How to use genealogy and genetics to uncover your roots, connect with your biological family, and better understand your medical history
Co-Author: Brianne Kirkpatrick, Watershed DNA

Welcome to The DNA Guide for Adoptees: How to use genealogy and genetics to uncover your roots, connect with your biological family, and better understand your medical history. If you are an adoptee, there’s likely missing information about your past and you hope to change that. You’ve come to the right place!

This book is for you if you have hope that DNA testing might open up the search for information about yourself, your origins, and your future. We’ve worked hard to compile the resources in this book and explain in plain English how DNA and genealogical records fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. In the chapters that follow, we’ve created a place for you to turn as you come face-to-face with questions about health, ancestry, biological family, and DNA. 

Why DNA testing, and why now?

DNA testing is a game-changer for people researching family connections. Many recent advances have made it possible for adoptees to search for answers more easily than they could have done even a few years ago. Consider the following changes:

•At-home DNA tests have grown in number and dropped in price.
•Millions of people use software to build and track their family trees and share results online.
•Billions of vital records, legal files, and other documents are available online. 
•Social networks and search engines make it easy to find and connect to people all over the world.
•Adoptees are sharing their DNA stories publicly, through television shows and other media. 

While advances in DNA testing are exciting and useful, there are real limitations, and we will be the first to acknowledge that DNA doesn’t hold all of the answers for everyone. Nevertheless, it plays an important role for adoptees hoping to learn more about themselves and their genetics. In some cases, DNA testing has helped adoptees discover unknown medical risks, which is invaluable in situations where little or no family health history is available. 
You may have already started down the path of DNA testing, or it may be entirely new to you. No matter where you are starting, we have worked to make the information in this book interesting, useful, and easy to understand. We include real-life examples, fictionalized scenarios, and advice we’ve gathered from adoptees to make this book relevant no matter your prior experience with DNA. 

Why this book?

As two women active in the genetic genealogy community, our decision to work together on The DNA Guide for Adoptees came from a desire to provide a comprehensive resource about DNA testing that pulls everything into one place. What you learn from testing your DNA can have a profound impact on you, your family members, and even future generations. 
Information can be a powerful thing. As mothers, daughters, sisters, spouses, and friends, we have seen how the discovery of new information can impact relationships. As writers and professionals with unique and diverse experiences in genetics, genealogy, and counseling support, we also know the journey through DNA and a search for family can be emotional for many people. We have worked professionally and personally with adoptees, and we understand some of the unique challenges you face. We’ve done our best to present material to you from a place of understanding and compassion.

This book will provide you with practical advice on topics such as medical and genealogical DNA testing, handling emotional aspects of the search, and recommended resources to help take your research efforts to the next level. What helps one person may not be relevant for others, so we cover different approaches suitable for different situations.





Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes
Published by In30Minutes.com

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award Winner - 2017

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From the Website:
If you have ever wanted to research and document your family history the right way, then Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is for you! Authored by professional genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett, this genealogy book explains the joys, challenges, and triumphs of researching your family’s origins. While many people assume genealogy research starts online, Combs-Bennett shows the importance of starting a family tree using documents that can be found in your own home!
Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style that avoids complex jargon. There are lots of examples, case studies, and advice that can help would-be family historians quickly get up to speed.
In addition to listing best practices for conducting genealogical research, Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes also warns readers about the many pitfalls of family research, from “brick wall” mysteries to time-wasting online searches. Topics include:
  • Why are people so interested in family history?
  • Evaluating clues, facts, and myths in family stories
  • The importance of linking generations
  • Vital records, from birth certificates to death records
  • Non-vital records, from census forms to wills
  • Religious records
  • Five things that can trip up newbies researching family history
  • Best practices for genealogy road trips
  • Interviewing relatives, and dealing with skeptics
  • Pros and cons of online genealogy research
  • Genealogy communities and continuing education
  • Genetic genealogy basics
  • Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • Genetic genealogy and adoptees
  • Non-paternal events and other skeletons in the genetic closet
  • Visualizing family history with charts
  • Research logs and genealogy journals
  • How to create good source citations
  • Preserving records and research
  • Genealogy software and GEDCOM files
  • Planning for disasters
Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is not a comprehensive guide. Nevertheless, in a single reading, you will be able to understand some important research basics that will serve you well as you embark on a journey to figure out the origins of your family. Creating a strong family tree will not only satisfy your own curiosity but will also serve as a record to share with relatives and future generations!



An In-Depth Guide to Washington, DC
Published by The In-Depth Genealogist

This book was created as a genealogist travel guide for Washington, DC.  I wanted to share with you not only items that would have an interest to genealogists but to the whole family.  Yes, take your family with you on your research trip and share the fun.  This way you can tell them what else there is to do that is fun, interesting, and unique while you are researching!

Description from the website:
A Genealogist’s Guide to the Washington DC Area is a great resource for genealogists who plan on researching in this geographic area.  Think of it as your personal travel guide with information on where to research in addition to where to eat and what to see.
A Genealogist’s Guide to the Washington DC Area was created by Shannon Combs-Bennett who shares her familiarity with Washington DC and the surrounding area to assist genealogists and family in making their trip an enjoyable one.





An In-Depth Guide to Richmond, Virginia
Published by The In-Depth Genealogist

This book was created as a genealogist travel guide for Richmond, Virginia.  I wanted to share with you not only items that would have an interest to genealogists but to the whole family.  Yes, take your family with you on your research trip and share the fun.  This way you can tell them what else there is to do that is fun, interesting, and unique while you are researching!

Description from the website:
This Guide to Richmond, Virginia was created in honor of The National Genealogical Society’s 2014 Family History Conference “Virginia: The First Frontier” held May 7-10, 2014. Within the guide, Shannon Combs-Bennett
 shares her familiarity with Richmond and the surrounding area to assist genealogists and family in making their trip an enjoyable one.

The book includes a Packing Checklist, Downtown Richmond City Safety Guide, Public Transportation, Shopping (ATM’s & Banks, Convenience Stores, Restaurants), Richmond Area Genealogy and other Attractions, and Genealogy and other Attractions that are short Day –Trips (within 2 hours drive) of Richmond.





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