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DNA testing for adoptees

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This page provides information and resources on DNA testing for adoptees.

ISOGG highly recommends that adoptees, orphans, donor conceived individuals and others with sensitive matters work with experienced search organizations prior to making contact with biological families.








  • Solving adoption mysteries in your family tree by Maurice Gleeson, Genetic Genealogy Ireland blog, September 2014. A comprehensive guide to adoption research in Ireland.
  • Clann A project gathering data on Ireland's homes for unmarried mothers and their children.
  • Ireland's Lost Babies A documentary about Irish babies who were sent to America by the Catholic Church.



United Kingdom


Perspectives and opinions


Recommended blog posts

Success stories

News articles

Videos and tutorials

Mailing lists

  • DNA Adoption A new Yahoo group started in May 2013 by a team of experienced search angels for adoptees and anyone else utilizing DNA to discover unknown heritage or search for close biological family. This is a very busy list.
  • AdoptionDNA Yahoo group for adoptees, parents and siblings to talk about their DNA Results. This is no longer a very active list as many of the contributors and experts have moved to the DNAAdoption list (see above). It often has an emphasis on the politics of adoption in the US
  • AdoptionDNA Tools Yahoo group focused on developing tools to extract useful data from the databases. If you are an adoptee looking for help, you should join the DNA Adoption group at the top of this list. The same experts in this group are also in the DNA Adoption group.
  • Soaring Angels. An adoption search group.
  • Unknown father DNA group A Yahoo group started by Cheryl Whittle. This group is for those searching for the identity of a biological father through DNA testing. Advice, specific testing plans, interpretation assistance and support are offered.
  • Unknown fathers DNA A new Yahoo group started by CeCe Moore and Karin Corbeil. This group was created to offer DNA advice and support for people who are searching for unknown fathers.

General Facebook groups


See also