Most of us have seen the joyful, tear-jerking stories of reunited biological families. Many of them are advertisements from various DNA testing companies. You could be the one person who makes a big difference.
And you can help without having your own DNA tested and do it in one evening. Please go to the FREE online WikiTree site and build a tree. It doesn’t have to be very big. Enter yourself, your parents, and your grandparents. It would be wonderful if you can enter profiles of your great-grandparents too. And absolutely fabulous if you can go back one more generation to your 2nd great-grandparents. (All living relatives’ names and information automatically remain private.)
Be sure to enter when and where they lived and died (if you know, if not, give estimates). If you have challenges, after you enter the information you do have, there will be a research link on the lower right of each profile page for each relative you have entered. Click on it and you can find more information about your family.
I do need to warn you, you may bump into a cousin you never knew you had, especially if you go much beyond your 2nd great grandparents.
Two Simple Things to do IF YOU HAVE HAD YOUR DNA TESTED
First, please add at least your first three generations to WikiTree. More if you have it. (I have discovered genealogy blessings always bless you back--often very quickly!) If you have a brick wall, try posting about it in the G2G forum, to find, click under the help bar upper right. The volunteers at WikiTree are awesome when it comes to helping you solve mysteries.
Second, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE upload your raw data from your testing company to the FREE genealogy tools site GEDmatch. It is easy and takes only minutes to do. You will be amazed at the family you will find. The tools there have helped me make matches every time I use them. Below you will find a link to GEDmatch Basics. Instructions for uploading start at the 7 minute mark.
Get Started on WikiTree, click here.
Learn how to upload to Gedmatch click here.
I want to thank Nadine Daszkiewicz for encouraging me to write this post and everyone else at the DNA Detectives Facebook page for sharing their stories with me. May this post bless you all.