Find Your Roots Through DNA
Print this page

For Adoptees


Before you decide that DNA testing is the way to find your  birth family, be sure that you have utilized more traditional resources.

In most states, adoptees are entitled to a non-identification document, This usually comes from the agency or the state. It is information from the original interviews with the birth mother. It is called non-identification because identifying Information is usually redacted from the document, however, before deciding that there is no important information in the document, ask at the DNAadoption mailing list to have a Search Angel review the document. Often there is information in there that may be apparent to a Search Angel, who has reviewed many such documents. If you already have non-id but it is more than 3-5 years old....request it again.  Times are changing and more recent non-id can have new information.

This is the best source for finding out how to get your non-id as it is referred to.

There are currently over a dozen states who have opened adoption records to some extent.