The term genetic genealogy was first introduced on February 20, 1989, in an article entitled "Genetic genealogy and the search for Eve", written by Tom Siegfried. Through the continuing years, genetic genealogy has been used as a tool for people all over the world to trace their ancestry, so it is only logical for adoptees to use this DNA testing technique to find their birth family. In fact, there are only a few steps they need to take to connect with their biological families…
On April 24, 2018, genetic genealogy made its introduction into the spotlight when 72-year-old Joseph DeAngelo was arrested for the crimes of the Golden State Killer, the serial murderer-rapist from the ’70s and ’80s. Since his public trial, there have been over a dozen other arrests thanks to genetic genealogy. Just this week William Earl Talbott II, who was caught through genetic genealogy was sentenced to life in prison for a 1987 double murder.
Feelings of abandonment and grief are often felt from adoptees. Many can’t help but feel rejection from their birth family. No two people adopted into separate households will have the same experiences. However, those who are products of closed adoptions may face similar challenges when in pursuit of locating their birth families.
Before delving into forensic genealogy, let’s talk a bit about genealogy in general. Genealogy is your family history and the methods used to trace that history back through generations. Your family tree starts with you, grows into your parents and their parents’ parents. Genealogy is a hobby for many people seeking to build a family history. However, to be considered a credible depiction of your ancestry, each relationship and fact for members of your family tree must be proven using vital and historical documentation.