The resources below are some of the best available learn more about DNA:
DNA Detectives Facebook Group
The DNA Detectives Facebook group currently has over 50,000 users and is one of the best resources available for those trying to solve questions of unknown parentage using DNA. Resources describing search strategies and how to estimate relationships are located in the files section of the group, including a Suggested Testing Path for those with unknown parentage. There are also “search angels” on the group who may be able to help you with your search for free.
For those who would like to learn more, the online classes and tools at DNA Adoption provide a wonderful foundation for those preparing for a DNA-based search. For a small fee, they offer a variety of classes including “Just for Absolute Beginners” and “The Basics of Autosomal DNA” among others. This is a good general resource, even for those who are not adopted.
International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG) Wiki
The ISOGG wiki is one of the most useful reference sites for those trying to determine relationships with DNA relatives, including the Shared cM chart found in the handout. ISOGG provides links to additional information useful for learning about DNA.
Stages of Reunion by Origins Canada
Search and reunion can be an incredibly emotional process. The Stages of Reunion description from Origins Canada are a wonderful tool for preparing all members of a reunited family for the upheaval and emotional experience of finding lost or unknown family.
Search Squad Facebook Group
For those who prefer traditional searching or who do not have close enough DNA matches to begin a DNA search, the Search Squad Facebook group has “search angels” who may be able to help search using a paperwork, known information and other non-DNA clues.
DNA Testing Companies and Other DNA Tools
• Ancestry DNA
• 23 and Me
• Family Tree DNA (FTDNA)
• My Heritage
• WeGene (Best for those of East Asian ancestry)
• Promethease – uploading for health information
• GEDMatch – Uploading for admixture and autosomal DNA comparison
• DNA Land – Uploading for autosomal DNA comparison
• Genes for Good – using your DNA to contribute to medical research
For those using 23 and Me for health information, this link provides useful information about the accuracy of 23 and Me carrier-status reports for different ethnic groups.