• Genetics

    Adopted are Finding Bio Parents with DNA and Genealogy Tools

    Over the years, adopted children have fought for the ability to find their biological parents.  State laws have changed slowly, and a few allow access to records, but for many the records are still closed.  Government agencies charge exorbitant fees with promises of helping find their parents for them, many taking months to get a single document, and many without success. Technology online has helped towards the progress of joining biological families, but nothing has aided more than the explosion of DNA testing in conjunction with 'good old genealogical research' Last year I assisted a client find her biological parents.  Through DNA we managed to start tracing her close matches…

  • Genetics

    Board for Certification of Genealogists Seeking Input for Proposed DNA Standards

    An announcement resulting from a meeting of the Board for Certification of Genealogists at the NGS Conference in Grand Rapids on May 2, 2018. Via a Facebook post, BCG announced the following on May 23, 2018: At the annual meeting at NGS … “the trustees debated a proposal to update genealogy standards to incorporate standards related to genetic genealogy. As a result of this discussion BCG intends to move forward with the integration of genetic genealogy into Genealogy Standards. The board directed that the committee’s proposal be published for public comment.  The proposed standards can be viewed at https://bcgcertification.org/DNA/Proposed_Standards.pdf.  The public comment period ends on 23 July 2018.  Fill out the survey…