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Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA Paperback – August 17, 2012
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Richard's story reads like a good mystery novel. He is methodical, creative, determined and unexpectedly funny. I couldn't put the book down.--CeCe Moore, Blogger, Your Genetic Genealogist
This book is what we used to refer to as a barn-burner! Gets ahold of you and just won't let you go!...a wonderfully executed masterpiece. Whether you are interested in genetic genealogy, adoption searches or just like a good heart-warming mystery, you'll love this book!--Roberta Estes, Blogger, DNAeXplained
A fascinating new page-turner. [I was] completely unable to put it down... I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in genealogy, family secrets, genetic genealogy, or mystery in general. The book is a complete and entertaining saga from A to Z.--Blaine Bettinger, Blogger, The Genetic Genealogist
About the Author
His first book, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA," is a memoir recounting his personal experience as an adoptee searching for his biological family. His second, "Guide to DNA Testing," presents a concise, easy-to-understand overview of genetic genealogy testing today.
Richard gives talks and interviews on DNA testing. As the unifying expert who bridges the fields of genetic genealogy and adoption search, he has become the go-to person for adoptees and others seeking to find lost relatives or confirm suspected relationships.
The author has a BS in physics, an MBA, and more than thirty years experience in marketing.
More About the Author
Thwarted for years by sealed records, lies, and cover-ups, Richard eventually turned to a series of new DNA tests designed for genealogists. His groundbreaking use of this new science to uncover the name of his birth father was reported on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Subsequently, newer DNA tests would lead him to an even more startling conclusion.
Richard has made it his personal mission to share what he learns with other adoptees and genealogists. He does that through his web site, DNA-Testing-Adviser.com, social media, presentations, and now his books.
His memoir, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA," was named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The electronic version was awarded a gold medal in the Global Ebook Awards.
His "Guide to DNA Testing" eBook provides an easy-to-understand overview of genetic genealogy. Readers quickly learn how to identify ancestors, confirm relationships, and measure their ethnic ancestry.
Top Customer Reviews
Hill was a professional writer before authoring this book, and it shows: the guy knows how to tell a story. There were times I felt like I was sitting in the back seat as he and his wife Pat drove to yet another destination seeking answers about his biological family.
Your heart breaks for him as he tells of disappointments in going down blind alleys and soars with him for his victories. And he tempers it all with a wry sense of humor, like this line, after receiving a photo from Mike, his half brother and the very first blood relative he found: "Excitedly, I Iooked at the enclosed picture and was shocked to see a guy with curly brown hair. My hair is totally straight. Anticipating my surprise, Mike had thoughtfully written the following note on the card: `The hair is not naturally curly. I get a perm every three months.'"
End of chapter.
I'm not adopted and not into genealogy, but I love memoirs and biographies and this was one of the best; I was hooked from start to finish. And what a finish it was--a classic surprise ending, with as many twists and turns along the way as a DNA molecule. Divorces, affairs, family secrets, mystery, history--Hill's journey has it all, with a cast of characters straight from a TV reality show. I kept thinking the whole time, "This would make a great movie!"
I would highly recommend "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" to anyone who likes a good read, because at it's core, it's really a book about people. And who doesn't love reading about people?
Hill opens the journey with the shocking story of how he discovered he was adopted. From this point on, the reader will be riveted to a fascinating true life soap opera tale that will cause you to alternate between crying and cheering for the protagonist! Hill may have made a few "mistakes" in his adoption search, but one thing is for certain; he handles every person and situation along the way in a uniquely sensitive manner and this clearly produces an end result of success that every adoptee searching for their roots should emulate. To share any more of Hill's story in this review would be a "spoiler" - so just buy this book to spend several hours with some of the most fascinating non-fiction you will ever read.
-Katherine Hope Borges
Director, International Society of Genetic Genealogy
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like a good detective story that held your interest from beginning to the solution, but with an emotional effect as well. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ed Eddy Brown
This book was so good! It was well-written, had no typos (!) and was full of twists and turns that I didn't expect. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Proofreader
This is a well-written account of the twists and turns of DNA family history research. I downloaded onto my phone and read it in a morning- not able to put it down!Published 2 days ago by Overwrought
This is a fascinating story of finding a family using DNA. It's a great tool for genealogy research. The book kept me turning the pages.Published 5 days ago by Ola K. Norman
Very courageous of the author to write this. I admire his authenticity. Quite suspenseful. Wow! I learned a lot about genealogy. Thank you for sharing!Published 5 days ago by Susan Scott
I couldn't put this down. A fascinating real life who dunnit. The bonus article at the end explaining DNA testing was the best I've seen for clearness and simplicity.Published 9 days ago by Carol M
This book told the journey of the author searching to find his biological relatives and I really enjoyed walking beside him in his quest. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Shelly B
Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA
Richard Hill was an easy to read & understand. Read more
Great read.Explained all those little bits that just didn't click.Got it on the ipad,but think I want a hard copy to keep as a reference.Thanks Richard.Published 21 days ago by Nadine E Thorburn