Testing my autosomal DNA enables me to compare how accurate my adoption letter was in describing my genetic ethnicity. My birth mom discovery has been quite a whirlwind process this past month. I finally have time to catch my breath a bit and take a harder look at the ethnicity projections about my own DNA. Is this Colleen really Irish?
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.
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.
While decorating our Christmas tree earlier this month, I came across a box ornaments from when I was a child. This box had been at my parents’ house for decades, but Dad dug it out and gave it to us last year. I wasn’t quite sure which of my childhood ornaments were in that box (we had a lot). But I was hoping one special ornament was still there. And it was…my most valuable Christmas ornament.
My 17th week in Amy Johnson Crow’s “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” family history blogging challenge. The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. I’m closing the gap […]