For 15 years, I have beaten my head against a wall in total frustration at being unable to locate a birth record for my paternal grandfather, Benjamin Robledo (1919-1990). 14 months ago, I finally had a breakthrough that only confused things more. Yesterday, I obtained a copy of his original birth certificate.
My favorite photo is the only photo I have with my great-grandmother, Maria (Nieto) Robledo, who died when I was just over three years old. I thought I had lost this. I was overjoyed to find it again! Not just because it’s the only photo of the two of us, but because of the memories I have from just after this photo was taken.
AncestryDNA made a liar out of me last night by processing my autosomal DNA results much faster than they quoted. I struck gold last night with my top two AncestryDNA matches, providing DNA confirmation of a maternal-line connection to my Bio Mom Candidate.
The next step in my search for my biological parents was making contact with my leading birth mom candidate, and sending off my autosomal DNA test sample to AncestryDNA. No results from either approach yet. Needless to say, I have been checking my Facebook Messages and my AncestryDNA test status multiple times daily.
Since my last two posts have focused on the new search for my biological family, I thought it appropriate to focus on my parents (my real parents). This is the story of my adoption, and what family and family history mean to me.
Less than 24 hours after blogging about beginning to search for my birth parents, through analysis of my autosomal DNA, adoption Search Angel volunteers identified my original birth name and the surnames of my birth parents. Just a few hours later, we identified my leading Birth Mom Candidate. Here I explain the process and my next steps.
This past Monday marked the anniversary of my parents bringing me home as a baby, which six months later resulted in my legal adoption. I have the best parents and family in the world, and have never felt the need to try to find my birth parents. Last week though, I I finally caved and began the process of identifying my biological family by taking an autosomal DNA test through Ancestry.com.