How can I link to my biological father's side without his name on my birth certificate?

+6 votes
I've taken the Ancestry DNA test and I believe I did enter the results on this site.
WikiTree profile: Marty Johnson
in Genealogy Help by Craig Chance G2G Crew (550 points)

6 Answers

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Did you ever know your Father?  Did your mother ever tell you who your father was?  If we knew of the name of your father and maybe if we knew what state he was from or a date of birth, we can still research him. But without a name we cannot find out  Does anyone in your family know who your father is, maybe an aunt, Is your mother still alive?  She would be the one source that would know for sure.   If there is anything we can do, just let us know.  If your father has the last name of Johnson, then we would need to narrow the search to actually find the right one. That is why I said we would need the state or county, dats of birth  of your father to actually find the right one. Good Luck. Nancy
by Nancy Turney G2G6 Mach 2 (27.0k points)
selected by Craig Chance
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Add his profile and create the link.  Explain your reasoning in the biography.
by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (396k points)
It appears you have already done this.  Was there more to your question?
Also, your DNA results are not showing.  Perhaps you did not save them once entered?
I know from several people that knew my dad told me he was my dad.  My mom did give me a letter that Marty wrote to her when I was a baby that he knew I was his child.  I have several pictures of my mom with Marty.  I have many memories of seeing him until I was around five.  He was a police officer that was married to another women when he was with my mom.  I can find Marty and his parents/ grandparents, etc.. but I can't find any of my half-siblings that he sired.  I've heard of at least one older half-sister and Marty's obit lists three other half-siblings that I can't find in any of my searches.  I did upload the dna test with the GED match number given.  I don't know why it isn't showing.  Thank you for your efforts and help.
+8 votes

Hi Craig,

Thanks for being brave and posting this. I didn't know who my biological father was either and I know how frustrating this can be. The good news is that we have a project on here called the Adoption Angels who work with people to try and find their birth families. Taking the DNA test with Ancestry is a great start, but you might like to contact the Adoption Angels too and see if they can help you.

I wish you all the best with your search.

Susie :-)

by Olivia McCabe G2G6 Pilot (237k points)
+2 votes
You haven't added your AncestryDNA test information to WikiTree yet. From the drop-down list under 'Add' at the top right of your profile, select 'DNA Test Information'. Add information about your test in the fields for the "Ancestry DNA" test. Then click on the 'Add test for ….' button at the bottom of the page. One of the items to fill in is your GEDmatch ID. Have you uploaded your AncestryDNA test information to It's a free site, where people who have tested at other DNA testing companies can also submit their DNA test results. Once you sign up with GEDmatch you will be assigned a GEDmatch ID that you should add to your WikiTree test information. Having your DNA information on another site increases your opportunities to find more cousins.
by Kay Wilson G2G6 Pilot (180k points)
+1 vote

 Do you mean:

SS Death Index Ancestry Com

Name: Martin C. Johnson

SSN: #

Last Residence: 92325 Crestline, San Bernardino, California, USA

BORN: 8 Dec 1919

Died: 16 Jan 1994


WW 2 Draft Registration  Ancestry Com

Name: Martin Carl Johnson

Gender: Male

Race: White

Age: 21

Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)

Birth Place: Frazee, Minnesota, USA

Birth Date: 8 Dec 1919

Residence Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

Registration Date: 1 Jul 1941

Employer: James Compas

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 September 2018), Martin C Johnson in household of Riley J Johnson, Frazee, Becker, Minnesota, United States; citing ED 12, sheet 3A, line 30, family 111, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 823; FHL microfilm 1,820,823.

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 March 2018), Martin C Johnson in household of Rilky J Johnson, Councilmanic District 15, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-1230, sheet 62B, line 61, family 304, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 179

"California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch ( : 26 November 2014), Martin Carl Johnson, 16 Jan 1994; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

If this is him, hope it helps for sources.  DNA is out of my hands.  I think my  genes wear made by Wrangler...LOL

by LJ Russell G2G6 Pilot (170k points)
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This is an older question but as it comes up in search, I wanted to add something in case someone comes across it later. My late mother was adopted by a step-father, so there are many birth source options besides (the now amended) birth certificate and even DNA! (In other cases people may not be as willing to be tested.) There's probate, there's social security documentation, birth announcements, christenings, obituaries, cemetery documents, etc.

I wanted to mention this because when I started doing genealogy I thought it was going to a terrible chore to prove my connection to my own grandfather, but it was instead very easy!
by Dina Grozev G2G6 Mach 6 (66.9k points)

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