How do you find out anything about being adopted?

+9 votes
I have a gentleman asking for help in finding his biological family...he believes he and I are related...DNA match 4.4%...I DO NOT UNDERSTAND DNA...BUT looks like 1st cousin once removed=2nd cousin. So it would be great-grandparent, child of that grandparent, child of that child---right? According to what I am told, he has contacted the agency handling his adoption, church and hospital to and found nothing. Need some help here if possible
in Genealogy Help by Chris Jaques G2G5 (5.5k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

3 Answers

+9 votes

Hi Chris, You can contact The Adoption Angels project her e at WikiTree and ask the best way to help the gentleman. Project: Adoption Angels 

Also see the section: 

Help for Adoptees


by David Selman G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Thank you so much for the info.  I am still learning all the in and outs of searching and appreciate any information people are willing to share with me. So, thank you again for the information
+4 votes
He should contact the vita records of the State he is in if he is in the US and request a copy of the non Identifying information document.  He should also register with all of the adoption registries attached to his state of birth and known places where his parents may have lived.  (Sometimes adoptees know something and sometimes they don't about locations).  

He should make a list of what he knows, another of what he suspects.  Sometimes the suspicions pan out and sometimes they don't.  

As an Adoption Angel we use a variety of tools depending on what we find out from the adoptee.  

There is a waiting list right now and the Adoption Angel Project is always looking for people to join us in helping adoptees find out about their biological heritage.  

If you would like to become an Adoption Angel please answer this thread in G2G.  We do have Angel Mentors who will help you learn how to help adoptees and some of us work in specific geographic areas while others tackle projects from all over the world.  thread to volunteer to be an Adoption Angel  What Adoption Angels do and don't do.  

Because dealing with adoptions generally means tracking down living people, confidentiality is a big part of being an Adoption Angel.
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (854k points)
+3 votes

Have you seen the dnapainter Shared cM Project "calculator" ? It's one more tool to use. If you have a 4.4% DNA match, go to the page and enter 4.4 in the % box (not the cM box) The calculator will show the possible relationships based on the amount of shared DNA, and also the probability of each. If you know the cM, try using this box also.

by D Kenney G2G6 Mach 1 (11.4k points)

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