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“An engaging, page-turning memoir that thoughtfully puts together the pieces of a family puzzle.”
"Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, an inherently fascinating and compelling read from beginning to end, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is an extraordinary account."
—Midwest Book Review
"Mr. Hill has the rare talent of telling his family research and story interestingly enough to keep the reader engaged. He covers many years of searching, but moves the story along nicely. Mr. Hill offers his story from the perspective of an adoptee. It’s a different way to tell the age-old story of wondering about your ancestors, and it’s interesting to read about his feelings about his biological roots, the parents who raised him, and the wonderings of why the events of his life happened. A very satisfying read."
—Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
"Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, an inherently fascinating and compelling read from beginning to end, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is an extraordinary account. While unreservedly recommended, especially for community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that Finding Family is also available in digital book format and as a complete and unabridged audio book."—James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
At 18 years old, Richard Hill accidentally discovered a deeply hidden family secret: he was adopted. Assuming he would never know any details, he was startled to learn many years later that he had a brother out there somewhere. What then began as a search for his mother and brother turned into a decades long search for the identity of his biological father.
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.
- File Size : 4455 KB
- Print Length : 305 pages
- ASIN : B08236F8BZ
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Familius; Illustrated Edition (September 29, 2017)
- Publication Date : September 29, 2017
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #317,971 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think anyone, whether adopted themselves or not, who is interested in delving into family history/genealogy/DNA matters would find this book engrossing. The question of who gave birth to the author was easily enough unearthed, but solving the question of his biological father's identity became a complex mystery that took years and diligence to unravel. Along the way Hill had the help of relatives and new acquaintances and tapped into the recollections of folks who had known his bio. parents. He encountered difficulty involving opening sealed court records, and even DNA tests became misleading. Eventually he arrived at the true history of his origins and broadened the scope of family with satisfying and warm results.
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I would say that the Guide to DNA Testing that comes free with this book is actually very brief and no more than an introduction for someone completely new to the concept. I'm glad I didn't buy this separately as it didn't tell me anything, but as an add-on, it was worth including, even though it is vulnerable to going out of date, in fact some of it already is.
But overall, a great buy with wide appeal to anyone remotely intersted in family history.
His book has inspired me to take up the search again, for like many people in a similar situation, I have let it simmer for years. I will obtain a much more detailed DNA profile and try again, to follow in his path. My thanks go out for his inspiring book (and it DID read like a detective novel) that I couldn't put down. I must try again...