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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
Richard Hill's groundbreaking use of genetic genealogy tests in adoption search was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. In order to share his success secrets and tips with other adoptees and genealogists, Hill created an educational web site, DNA-Testing-Adviser.com, which makes genetic genealogy understandable to all.
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.
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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.
From the first page, the reader is drawn is drawn into the plight of a young man who discovers that he is not who he thought he was. Over the course of more than forty-five years, Richard Hill searches to find the true identity of his parents. Hill uses some conventional and some less well-known techniques for obtaining information. There is much to be learned from both the successes and the problems that Richard encountered.
This gripping true story is an absolute page turner. Whether you are an adoptee, a genealogist, or someone who likes a good story, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" is worth every minute. Both those who are just starting their journey and those who have many years of experience will likely come away with a couple of new tricks up their sleeves. Once you open the book, don't plan to do anything else until you've reached the final page.