With DNA testing turning up skeletons in the closet left and right, I was interested to read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. This fictional account of a family describes the horrific Tennessee Children's Home Society operated by Georgia Tann in Memphis, Tennessee, from the 1920s to 1950. (The above is an affiliate link). Wingate created her story based on recollections of children who were kidnapped from their families and put into Tann's "orphanage." It is estimated that Tann stole over 5,000 children. Many of them were adopted out to wealthy families, mostly in New York or California. The adoptive...
Are you struggling to make sense of the clues to your ancestry found in DNA results? Maybe you're an adoptee or working on an adoptee line in your family history. You might be missing an entire branch of your family tree and need a way to discover it using DNA. I recently helped my adopted sister, Nancy, identify her biological father through DNA networks and mind mapping. Today I'm sharing how I did it. I wrote about my sister's story in Using DNA to Find Biological Parents: 3 Tips to Get Started and a Case Study I'm happy to report that through...
Are you an adoptee looking for your biological parents? Maybe you're helping an adoptee or you have someone in your family tree who was adopted. In each case, you might have tested with the various DNA companies and have a slew of results but you're stymied with what to do next. I'm currently helping my adopted sister, Nancy, locate her biological father. Years ago I helped her find her bio mother using traditional genealogy sleuthing. This time around, with all the clues exhausted, we turned to DNA. In doing so, I've discovered some tips I'll be sharing with you. I'm...
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