5 Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA

Few journeys in the world of genealogy are as poignant and challenging as an individual searching for his or her biological family. While all people who pursue genealogy experience some sense of self-discovery and emotion, researchers solving “unknown parentage” questions produce even more passion. With the world of genetic genealogy exploding in popularity over the last four years, these genealogical mysteries are being solved almost daily thanks to consumer tests like AncestryDNA.

Testament to this is the fact that, to date, there are more than 6 million people in the AncestryDNA community, making it the largest database of personal genetic data. Because of this, many families are reconnecting and individuals are finding closure thanks to the vast AncestryDNA network. With the high level of interest in genetic genealogy, many people who were previously hesitant to take the plunge are wondering what is involved in this type of research. If one of your research goals is to solve an unknown parentage mystery, here are some tips to help you get started on your journey.

AncestryProGenealogists works with hundreds of clients every year to solve these types of cases. These projects go to ProGen’s unknown parentage team, a group of expert genetic genealogists and researchers. We are just as passionate about finding biological family as our clients are. Over the next few months, members of the AncestryProGenealogists unknown parentage team will share some of our client journeys (and some of our own) to showcase the profound impact AncestryDNA has had on many test-takers’ lives.