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11/4/17 8:49 P

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Florence, DNA can do amazing things these days. Many adoptees are finding their birth families & many birth parents are finding the children that, for whatever reason, they had put up for adoption. Most reunions go well, but not all.

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11/4/17 1:33 P

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Thank you for this information I was sorta thinking it wouldn't help, but thought I might give it a try. I still might go ahead with it as I would like to know if there is any irish in our blood, this coming from my mom's side. Her last name was Lary and I think its irish - we all have the freckles and red hair which gives me that idea.
Would my dad's heritage show what genes he had?
There isn't anyone on either side alive anymore - sure wish I would have gotten this interested years ago!!
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11/4/17 12:55 A

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Florence, I'm sure many of us could write whole books about this adopted vs. biological family business. First, of course, I want to agree with StLouisWoman that you will only get the biological information and nothing on the adopted folks from the DNA. If you feel close to them and they don't seem to have any issue with the "not being a blood relative" business you might find that to be an interesting exercise. I followed my adopted mother's family back all the way to the Daughters of the American Revolution and something like a 13th great grandmother. But since I was adopted I wouldn't qualify anyway.

On the other hand, if you don't have any information on your father's biological family you may have to struggle through some DNA detective work. It's unfortunate if you have only found 4th cousins, although with your information essentially coming from your dad's generation I'm not sure how well that might go. I had my adoption papers and finally found my mother's family through the papers, which is a good thing because the closest I have come was a 2nd cousin in Scotland who has been helpful but seems to have a busy life and not much time for genealogy. In your case, if your father's family isn't interested in genealogy you could wait "until the cows come home" for a match.

Sometimes you get more lucky than you know. For example, my granddaughter's father walked away when she was an infant. She submitted DNA and the first response showed over 1400 matches and most of them were clearly on her father's side. However, not too many were close relations, mostly 3rd and 4th cousin level.

Just to finish the story, I submitted my DNA and the first one to pop up turned out to be my half-sister on my father's side, so although he has passed I have found that family, though it was an interesting challenge to explain to this lady how we were related since my father never knew my mother was pregnant so he didn't know I existed.

At any rate, I've been working with this adoption vs. biological connection issue, so if you feel the need to explore it further, please feel free to let me know, either on the team thread or through a private SparkMail. Good luck to you!


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11/3/17 8:23 P

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Florence, unfortunately, no the DNA test will not give you information about your father's adoptive parents. The information it shows will be about his biological parents.

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The DNA test that I did gave me names of people who matched up to my DNA test 4th cousins etc the trick now is to see which of family line matches up with their tree. As far as I can figure out I still have lots of work to

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11/3/17 8:10 P

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Hi - I've been a member for quite some time but haven't ever posted even though I do come here to read the topics
What I would like to know is would a dna test be able to figure out my heritage if I don't know the names of whom I want to know about? What I would love to find out is my grandfather's heritage.
My dad was adopted shortly after his birth, the man I know as my grandfather was my adopted grandfather.
I have asked many relatives about this, but have not received any answers.
IF I did a dna test would it show some genes from him???
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