Many moons ago when microfiche and floppy disks reigned I spent many evenings passing time in cozy little family history libraries. My father was an early computer geek and had a strong interest in family history and helping others. Having this background and knowing I could trace several lines to ancient kings, searching for lost relatives really wasn’t a thing. Then I got married to a Bolivian and his family history is a treasure trove waited to be explored. I’ve become more excited about dna analysis in finding ethnicity and building family trees. Especially when the paper trail isn’t so clear. He recently tested his DNA. A distant cousin contacted him. It turns out that she is adopted and searching for her roots. This morning while watching a live streaming of Rootstech I saw something very exciting for those who are adopted or gave a child up for adoption: DNAQuest.
This morning I watched as MyHeritage announced that they have launched a new pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. They are calling it DNAQuest and are providing 15,000 MyHeritage DNA kits, worth more than one million dollars, for free, to eligible participants.
Participation in this project is open to adoptees seeking to find their biological family members, and to parents and other family members looking for a child they had placed in adoption years ago. Preference will be given to people who are not able to afford genetic testing. Leveraging the power of genetic genealogy opens new doors in the search for relatives, and we believe everyone should be able to access this valuable technology.
It is for a very limited time as applications are open until April 30, 2018. So go to the website now and apply!
MyHeritage and DNAQuest
I just recently heard of MyHeritage before I heard about DNAQuest but I really like what I have seen so far. For instance they offer additional services. My husband tested his DNA with Ancestry. We downloaded the raw data from his DNA test and submitted it to MyHeritage. MyHeritage provided a different breakdown of his “Native American” ethnicity than Ancestry. I was a little disappointed with Ancestry because it lumped all of North, Central, and South America all together. With MyHeritage they broke it down a little more.
With MyHeritage you can also compare DNA. For instance, my sister and my grandmother tested their DNA with Ancestry. They submitted the raw data to MyHeritage and then compared the two. It showed how much overlap there was between the two. Pretty neat if you ask me.
Also on Ancestry we were matched only with those who took an Ancestry test. By uploading it to MyHeritage we were able to see additional people who tested using MyHeritage.
It is worth it to explore the different services they provide even if you already tested with another company.
This announcement of DNAQuest came from watching live broadcasting of the 2018 Rootstech. It is for the next couple days. You should check it out. I watched this morning the general session. Brandon Stanton talked about his journey in creating Humans of New York. It was so interesting that I plan to watch more of Rootstech online and maybe go next year.