DNA – Why Test? – Why Search?

23andme  $99/$199

I recommend this company for adoption searches and is my first choice if you can only afford to test at one company, whether you are the adopted person searching, sibling looking or birth parent.

You receive a very good ancestral breakdown and your haplogroups, in addition to finding close relatives who have also tested.

AncestryDNA’s strength lies in its vast collection of family trees that are attached to your matches’ DNA results. Their excellent system automates searching for common ancestors by comparing your family tree with your matches’ family trees and identifying the ancestors who may be responsible for the DNA match. Although I feel that the fact that they do not provide the underlying matching segment data is a serious drawback to their product, I definitely recommend “fishing in all three ponds” for meaningful matches. AncestryDNA raw data can also be uploaded into the Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder ($39).

Family Tree DNA  $99.00 – One Time Fee

Family Tree DNA’s autosomal DNA test Family Finder ($99) is also a good option. For Y-STR and mtDNA testing, FTDNA is the only company that I currently recommend. I generally recommend testing, at least, 37 markers for Y-DNA and the full sequence for mtDNA*. If finances are an issue, then start with one of the lower resolution tests, like HVR1&2 mtDNA* test, and upgrade at a later time. Family Tree DNA guarantees storage of the DNA, so testing any elderly relatives at FTDNA is strongly recommended.

*Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing is usually not genealogically informative, so I recommend that women, instead, start with autosomal DNA testing and men test either their Y-DNA or autosomal DNA (or both).

Why Search?  Why Now?

If you are thinking about searching, Debra Allen can help. We welcome all inquiries you have and treat each one in a confidential manner.

“In all of us, there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are, and where we have come from. Without this knowledge there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is a vacuum, an emptiness, and a most disquieting loneliness.”-Alex Haley

Debra Allen believes that adoption is a life-long process rather than a one-time event. Our agency is committed to providing assistance and support to all who were placed for adoption through the State of Arizona and elsewhere, as well as birth parents and adoptive parents.

Searching is not something you rush into or have a timeline to complete. It is an on-going process. In this relationship, the other individual may not be as eager or ready as you are.  Our job as the agency is to assist you during the entire search process, prepare you for the potential relationship and provide support for the reunion aftermath. We continue each step of the process as soon as you tell us you are ready to move on. It is the parties involved that drive the pace of the search, not the agency. When you call, it is up to you to decide when you are ready to continue.

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We welcome and appreciate any information you are able to provide to us.

Tell Us Your Story! If you have a reunion/search story, let us know! We are always looking for stories to feature and to share with others in similar situations. We want to hear your story!  We welcome all inquiries from anyone affected by post adoption: birth parents, adoptive parents, relatives and those adopted through our agency. When emailing Allen Investigations, please include your name, address, date of birth and daytime phone number. If you are a birth parent, include your name at the time you made your adoption plan. If you are an adoptee, include the names of your adoptive parents.