Finding Birth AND Adoptive Families

Finding Birth AND Adoptive Families

Learning about her father’s birth family led to his adoptive family—and his own childhood. Thanks to DNA testing for family history and some diligent genealogy research, now she knows more about his TWO families. Since childhood, Cheryl knew her father was adopted—and...
DNA Brick Wall: Finding a Female Ancestor

DNA Brick Wall: Finding a Female Ancestor

Finding a female ancestor can be challenging! Here’s how DNA helped break this Scottish genealogy brick wall. Lisa Porter has been an avid genealogist since she was a young mom in the early 1990s. She’d find herself sitting amidst much-older patrons at the Family...
A DNA Brick Wall: The Mystery Countess

A DNA Brick Wall: The Mystery Countess

A longtime genealogy brick wall gets busted when DNA sheds new light on “the case of the mystery countess.” Janis has been interested in family history since she was just a kid, “rummaging around in my grandparents’ attic and spending way too much time looking...