I accidentally discovered at age 18 that I had been adopted. My eventual search for biological roots spanned decades and was completely solved through genetic genealogy DNA testing. My story is told in my memoir, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA," which is available on Amazon.com. 
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Richard is 25 degrees from Peter Falk, 26 degrees from John Ryan, 25 degrees from Aristotelis Savalas, 19 degrees from Raymond Burr, 31 degrees from John Thaw, 26 degrees from Margaret Rutherford, 30 degrees from Jean Poiret, 26 degrees from Basil Rathbone, 35 degrees from Piet Römer and 22 degrees from Terri Swift on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.