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How Can I Find My Biological Parents?
DNA Genealogy Research Services
DNA can help verify that your Genealogy Research is accurate. For DNA Collection Services, we recommend 23andMe which can normally take 2 to 3 weeks to process your DNA Results. This is the First Step to finding out who you are and where you came from!
Researching your Family Tree can be very time consuming, especially if you’re not an Professional Genealogy Expert.
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We Build Family Tree Websites
Having your Family Tree Website online has many advantages over the old style paper book style – Especially being easily accessible online to everyone in your family, anywhere in the world!
We’ll build your Online Family Tree Website using MyHeritage, which is free for you to use (up to 250 relatives), is interactive, easy to use, navigate, maintain and update yourself.
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Genealogy Research Data
Where available, we’ll research your family’s:
• Birth Certificates
• Marriage Certificates
• Public Census Information
• Old Newspapers and Year Books
• Military Service Records
• Death Certificates
• Old Family Photos
• Immigration Records
• Biographies and Obituaries
• Grave Locations with Tombstones
Discover Who You Really Are!
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The Darker Side of Genealogy Research
WARNING – Before you begin your DNA Family Tree Adventure, beware that some Family Trees have been sanitized by your grandmother. They won’t contain biological records of adoptions, hidden affairs, secret pregnancies, incidents of rape and incest, prostitution and other dark family secrets, that no family wants to ever wants to talk about or ever be discovered. These family secrets otherwise would have – or even did – go to the grave. Your DNA Test could potentially unlock these family secrets!
When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity
Why Do DNA Verification? Most Family Trees Lie – But DNA Always Tells the Truth! Do you want to know your real biological Family Tree, or one that has been sanitized by your grandmother?
Genealogy Is Still Not an Exact Science!
Genealogy Research is a lot like putting a huge puzzle together, often with a few pieces missing or with pieces from different puzzle (another family perhaps). We can only use what records are available to the general public.
The U.S. Census Information
The last U.S. Census publicly available is the 1940 Census, making it difficult to find people born after 1940. Luckily for us, too many people post way too much private information along with private family photos on Facebook (I’m not a user), making finding people born after 1940, much easier.
This spring, I will be assisting with the 2020 Census in Watauga County, North Carolina.
Written Genealogy Records are often inaccurate and sometimes contradict themselves. For example, the father reported on a Marriage Certificate, might not be the real father. No one wants to record “unknown” as their father, or have the Church write in “Bastard Son of...” on your baptism certificate, which was actually common practice in England in the early 1800’s. Birth dates reported on Military Enlistment Forms might not be the real birth date (someone lied about their age to join the Military). The spelling of Family Name’s can get changed at points of Immigration, due to different languages and foreign accents. Census reports are often inaccurate regarding the age and names of residents, due to the census taker’s own handwriting skills.
So How Do I Get Started? We’ll need the names, birth dates and birth locations of your parents, and if possible, your grandparents, and great-grandparents. Don’t worry if you can’t find everyone in your family. We’ll also need a list of your DNA Relatives from 23andMe , plus a snap shot of your DNA Family Tree that they build for you. This DNA information is very important, because it validates your family tree is correct.
Our Genealogy Research Service Fees – For our Genealogy Research Time, we charge by the hour, plus a one time Family Tree Deposit $100 to get started. You set your own budget, which depends on how far back you want to dig and how much time you want us to spend researching your Family Tree or one specific person in your family.
Genealogy Services We Provide – We will build your Family Tree on MyHeritage, using your own private User ID and Password. You can also print out your Pedigree Tree, Photos and all Documents that we’ve collected.
Confidential Genealogy Research Services – Like the real British spy, who the character James Bond was based on, I have also signed the Official Secrets Act, so your DNA and Family Tree Results will remain Top Secret and Confidential.
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Genealogy Research – Success Stories
Biological Father Found 85 Years Later!
“I was born in Quebec, Canada. I had my DNA Tested with 23andMe a few years ago, and noticed some very odd results. My father was supposed to be half Irish and half English, but I am only 9% English and almost all Scottish. So I had my late oldest brother’s son tested on 23andMe, and he came back 5.6% instead of 12.5%, plus our Maternal Haplogroups didn’t match. That meant my oldest brother was my half brother, and my father, probably wasn’t my real father! My closest DNA match is the lady who lived next door – if that’s a clue you can use! Can you help find my out who my biological father was?”
H.T. – Ontario, Canada
Reviewing your 23andMe DNA Family Tree, the common DNA connections all went back to the early 1800’s – all great-great-grandparents, which is not easy to trace. There were no newer DNA matches. We started by contacting all of the top DNA matches on 23andMe. Since the DNA connections were so far back, none of the DNA match people had any clue who their Canadian great-great-grandparents were, and many began in the United States. Next we started by building large and complex family trees for each of the top 6 DNA matches. After many months of detailed research, we discovered the common family connections to all 6 DNA matches, including the lady next door, your new 2nd cousin. All of these DNA connections went back to one small town in rural Quebec, that was settled by Scottish farmers in the early 1800’s. These great-great-grandparents were entered into the 23andMe DNA Family Tree, and your missing father was finally discovered, photos and all!
Your father was born in nearby Vermont in 1897. His parents were Scottish from the same small rural town in Quebec! His photograph has very similar features to yours, especially in your eyes and nose. Your rare Maternal Haplogroup (1:10,000) matches his last name! He never married and didn’t have any other children, except for you. He served in the U.S. Army in WWI and died at age 44. He had two sisters, one of which is still alive. Your grandfather was the Sheriff in Vermont during prohibition, chased after bootleggers along the Quebec border, with many interesting articles written about him. Your grandmother has a church named after her in the rural Quebec town. Most of your relatives are buried in this town. What a amazing discovery!
Grandmother was Raped in 1920!
“My father was born an illegitimate child. His mother’s family was running a boarding house for young men who worked in the local steel mills. K.S. was a boarder there in the 1920’s, who came from eastern Canada. He got my grandmother pregnant (she was 15 at the time). My father was born later that year. I have no more information about K.S. after that. Of course, back then everything was kept such a big secret. My grandmother kept his name from us up until her death bed. I have been trying to find out about him for many years with no luck. Can you help?”
M.S. – Ontario, Canada
Using her DNA Results and Genealogy Research, we were able to identify her great-grandfather, K.S. and Build her Family Tree Website. We discovered that K.S. was from the Newfoundland, now part of Canada. His family immigrated from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia. K.S. was listed on the Nova Scotia census. His father worked in the Steel Mills. His grandmother turned out to be a heron who had saved many lives on a famous ship wreck.
Mystery Father Identified!
“When I was 14, my mother told me that my father, who she was currently married to, wasn’t my biological father. I was shocked! My mother claimed to have been raped while serving in the U.S. Army by someone from the Midwest. Ever since then, I have been trying to find out who my biological father is.”
P.W. – North Carolina
Using her DNA Results and within a few hours of Genealogy Research, we were able to locate her biological father, who had recently died, plus a half brother, who lived nearby, and was born in her mother’s home town.
“I had often heard family stories that my family’s name might be related to the famous Canadian Rebel and founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel, but we spelled our last name slightly different. My father was born in Massachusetts, and not in Canada. Can you help me?”
N.R. – Massachusetts
Using his DNA Results, DNA Paternal Haplogroup and Genealogy Research, we started with a 1955 Obituary Newspaper Clipping from his great-great-grandfather Riel. The Riel family was actually French Canadian, and had immigrated down from Quebec to work in the mills in Massachusetts. At that time, they had changed the French spelling of their family name to an English version, possibly to blend in. From there we traced his Family Tree back to Quebec, then to Louis Riel’s brother and his Father. (Louis Riel has no living dependents). Louis Riel’s Family Tree goes way back to the first settlers in Nouveau France (Quebec, Canada) into the early 1600’s and to 18 “Filles Du Roi”, then back into France and eventually to Limerick, Ireland. N.R.’s Paternal Haplogroup also goes back to Limerick, Ireland, the same town Louis Riel’s grandfather was born in.
Missing Grandparent Identified!
“I am looking for information on my late Mom’s family. She was adopted in Illinois after being taken to an orphanage by a family friend. Her birth name was B.J.H., born in January 1949, possibly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My DNA Matches show many top connections to people from Montreal, Canada, which make no sense to me. Can you help find her?”
T.H. – Wisconsin
Since most Adoption Records are sealed by the courts, we began searching the 1949 Newspapers from Milwaukee looking for birth announcements (You can’t seal all the old newspapers). We found one baby girl listed a few days after her birth date, with the same last name of the father. The father worked on the Laker Ships which travelled every two weeks between Montreal and Milwaukee, and was from one of the tiny towns in Upstate New York, which is referenced in her DNA Family. We found many U.S. Customs records to his international shipping travel and which Laker Ships he served on in the 1950’s. He had one son who was burned in this same tiny New York town. The 23andMe DNA Tree also confirmed our placement in the tree.
Both Birth Parents Discovered!
“My adoption documents (which are now lost) stated that my birth mother was 19 and my birth father was 21 (I think). It listed their interests and health background with a visual description of each. It also said that they were not married and that one or both was a student. That’s really all I know about them. I was given up for adoption at birth in 1970. Illinois is a pretty tough state to find information regarding birth parents, or so I've been told. So about a year ago, 23andMe found a 1st cousin of mine. It went so far as to say that this person’s Mother’s Sister would have been my birth mother. I was very excited and immediately sent a message to her thinking I would finally be learning about my birth family. She replied asking about what I knew (if anything) about my birth parents. When I responded with a full description of everything I knew, ALL communication came to a halt. I’m not sure if I was a family secret that had been revealed, or what happened on her end. It was possibly one of the most deflating things I’ve ever experienced. I reached out to her about 3 or 4 more times with no response. Can you help?”
J.R. – Illinois
His First Cousin’s family was well known in the community and very wealthy, which could be why all communications suddenly stopped. Using multiple DNA Results and Relative’s Family Trees, we were able to identify his biological father, who was born in 1950 of German decent. Searching High School Year Books, we were able to identify his First Cousin's Mother and Father, and her younger sister (his mom), all who attended the same High School. His mother had dropped out of High School for a year and then later returned back into the same grade (probably to have J.R.). His biological father passed away a few years ago, but his mother is still alive. They never married. Family Tree Updated.
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