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DNA testing for the donor conceived

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This page provides information and resources on DNA testing for the donor conceived. The search techniques used by the donor conceived are generally the same as those used by adoptees. For details of the methodology see the article on utilizing DNA testing to break through adoption roadblocks.

Websites and resources









New Zealand


ISOGG Wiki articles for donor-conceived people and donors from the UK:



Success stories

Facebook groups

Facebook pages

Mailing lists


  • Peter J Boni. Uprooted: Family Trauma, Unknown Origins, and the Secretive History of Artificial Insemination, Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2022.
  • Sarah Dingle. Brave New Humans: The Dirty Reality of Donor Conception. Hardie Grant Books, 2021.
  • Wendy Kramer. Donor Family Matters: My Story of Raising a Profoundly Gifted and Donor-Conceived Child, Redefining Family and Building the Donor Sibling Registry. 2020.
  • Dani Shapiro. "Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love. Alfred A Knopf, 2019.
  • Sonia Allen. Donor Conception and the Search for Information: From Secrecy and Anonymity to Openness. Routledge, 2018. Includes a detailed overview of regulatory approaches around the world.
  • Karen Bali. Researching Adoption: An Essential Guide to Tracing Birth Relatives and Ancestors. Family History Partnership, 2015.
  • Richard Hill. Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. Createspace, 2012.

Videos and tutorials


  • Half of me podcast A podcast from Allie who discovered in January 2019 as a result of a DNA test that she was donor conceived. Since then she has discovered her donor and fourteen half siblings. The podcast documents her journey into discovering what role DNA relationships play in her life and what family really means.
  • DIBS: Welcome to the family A regular podcast from a donor-conceived individual with lesbian parents.

Further reading


Academic papers

See also