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Can’t make it in person to this year’s RootsTech genealogy conference? Select sessions of the world’s largest family history conference will be broadcast live on Watch sessions that are available for free, or get access to 18 additional recorded classes that will be available online by purchasing a virtual pass. Recorded content from past years can also be found in the RootsTech archives.


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  1. I have a parent who was adopted and I feel that I have hit a brick wall. I feel so lost in trying to find out who I am and can’t go any further with not knowing where to look?

    1. Hi Blaze, Although I am an amateur genealogist, I will be more than happy to help you. Sometimes you have to extremely Lucky. Your parent who was adopted, do you know if he/she had any brothers or sisters? I not, do you know your mom/dads real name? By real name I mean if its your mom, do you happen to know her maiden name before she was adopted? If it was your dad, do you happen to know his real birth surname before he was adopted? Also, do you know where he/she originally resided? How about birthdates? Are they the correct birthdates? The adoptive parents: are they still alive? If so, is it possible they can give you any information? If the adoptive parents have passed away, did they leave any old documents with anyone. Look into it and see what you can provide me. As I stated I am an amateur genealogist, but will be more than happy to help you without charging you anything. I am working on my mom, dads, and wife’s, genealogy, and I said sometimes, just sometimes, you’ll be lucky

    2. Blaze, you might want to join the Facebook group “DNA Detectives”. They can give you sound advice about how to break through that brick wall.

    3. Go to DNA Detectives on Facebook. It’s a closed group with many experienced searchers who can help you in your search.

    4. Have you tried doing a DNA test with Ancestry? I have matches I have seen that say in their profiles that they were adopted or when asking where our ancestors connected was told they were adopted. Which in turn some of your matches could be helpful in figuring lines out from that. I know with shared matches on one I was able to tell her to look at certain last names to see what pops up for her in her closest matches. Just remember not everyone is open minded about what can come up so tread carefully with the close matches to you just in case. Good luck.

    5. Hi I’m not an expert, but think the first thing to try and find out who your parent, birth parents were.
      or write into one of the Family history magazines, they have a problem page.
      hope this helps ?

    6. Blaze. Depending on your age could depend on how thick that brick wall is. If you are older than dirt like I am, it could be thick; but don’t despair. If you are young, the surface may be hard. Eventually you may begin to see dust on the floor as you chip away. At some point you will make a hole in that wall. / Are your grandparents available to talk with? Evidently your parent does not know any history. Let the grandparents know that you are not trying to minimize their part of your life. Let them know that you are proud that they chose your parent to be you own parent. Include your grandparents in any genealogy history that you uncover. Are there any relatives of your parent or grandparents who are willing to give up some information? A big caveat is; be careful of your search, you may not like the answer. There may be family secrets that no one will want to give up. / Is your parent’s date of birth accurate that would be on a birth certificate? Maybe a city, county, and state records may help. You have probably already tried that. / Maybe a DNA test may give up some information that you may be able to trace back from someone who may be a cousin from three or more generations back. / Do you have any siblings who may want to know their history? I haven’t tried this myself, but maybe a newspaper article of a birth that may be tied back to a baby given up to adoption at birth. Any records that a family and aunts and uncles may have made over the years. Listen carefully to family conversations as someone may accidently say something and could be a hint. / I have taken several years to go from a family of eight to now over five-hundred names of branches and leaves on the family tree. / At some point you will have that road block, put away the search for a while, then revisit some other angle. You have to clear your mind once in a while. / Any mention of parent, grandparents, aunts and uncles refers to the adoptive relatives, not birth parent relatives. / Daryl

    7. I don’t have an answer to your question, but have the same problem. One of my grandmothers father was not married to her mother. Her father took her from the mother and raised her himself. She (my grandmother) would never talk about her birth mother, not to anyone so she died with ever telling anyone her mother’s name or where she lived. Talk about a brick wall! I can’t find a birth certificate, or any proof she existed until her father comes into the picture. Sorry ‘‘tis is so long but there was a lot to explain. If you find an avenue to continue would you please let me know how I may go forward. Thank you for any help!

      1. Joan Richards,

        I am willing to help if you will contact me. I have been successful in helping others to locate biological relatives.

    8. Have they tried DNA testing? Test with Ancestry and 23andMe, then upload the results everywhere else.

      From there, use the Leeds Method to isolate the lines of interest.

    9. Go for a DNA test. I have helped a person who was on Ancestry to work out who her father was by simply expanding up my tree on the right branch. She DNA ed to me and to another person. She was able to work out that her father was in fact a doctor who was a sperm donor at the right time! Sadly he was already dead. I had my brother do a paternal line test with Family Tree. There was no doubt about his paternity but I thought it might be interesting. However he is the only person in a particular category. I paid for up to 67 pointers but so far no-one has matched him at that level.

      On the test on Ancestry I now have over 200 matches but some rather distant. You really need to start a tree.

      Many children are adopted not far from where they were born. If your parent isn’t too old to have a living parent put an ad in the newspaper with his Date of Birth. go to local hospitals. Try adoption societies. Find out the law in your country re meeting birth parents. Don’t give up!!

    10. If you are a resident of British Columbia, Canada, it is the law that adoption information be shared, but consent must be given by both parties. If your adopted parent is deceased, no matter where you live, perhaps you can obtain a medical reason for having the files opened. Talk to your member of parliament or equivalent in another country. Talk to any children aid society for advice.

    11. If you decide to do the DNA test please do the one on I did mine on Ancestry and got a lot of “cousins”. Since everyone seems to be talking about 23 and Me I thought I would do that one also. I got quite a few “cousins” but for some reason they don’t seem interested in making contact and trading information. You might have a different outcome but I have been very disappointed in their site.

      1. My 23andMe ( over 2500 matches) and Ancestry DNA (over 19,000 Matches) have both been helpful in locating my family members. It all depends on who and how the contact is made. Also just because someone doesn’t respond the first time you write them, keep trying. I will assist you if you contact me via Facebook or Linked-In or call me 908-757-6914.. We have had mini reunions in California and Maryland. A few are planne for this spring and summer.

    12. Blaze A. Kenyon,
      I have been successful in locating the biological families of individuals using 23andMe and Ancestry dna testing. You can also contact me on Linked In or Facebook. Or if you prefer you can call me 908-757-6914.

  2. Kudos to all those involved! As an inventor, I am still trying to find some of my ancestors who were inventors?
    I am still looking for some information on my direct lineage of ancestors great+ grandparents..

    1. Ovella Edmonds,
      Look in Birth, Death or Marriage Records. Local County records in the state where relatives were located are some sources.

  3. Don’t give up. It took me 40 years to finally find my family roots. Then it snowballed. I’ve run into another brick wall with my great-great grandfather, but I am not giving up. Just keep looking and listen to the advice of others. It will be the least likely place to look and your brick wall will come down.

  4. My father was abandoned born in 1917. One year ago I had Ancestry DNA test done and 4 months later was contacted by his birth family. They had no idea we all existed. I was fortunate to receive some family info and pictures (1st time I saw my father’s mother). Down side I haven’t heard any more from them. So be prepared for elation and disappointment. Good luck.

    1. Pat Steadman,

      Reach out to them. They may be waiting for you to make contact. Send them a thinking of you message. They could be ill or stressed about other life issues. Don’t give up. There could be many reasons for the delay, don’t take it personal Remember they did contact you previously.

  5. I am trying to find a death record on a relative who died between 1902-1910 to no avail – last connection on the Northern Pacific Railway Company- family lived in Chicago ! Any advice please

    1. Diane Moulden,
      Try 1900 US Census. Also look to see what is listed in Births, deaths and Marriages. There may be information in records for the state of Ilinois records.

  6. I have found many relatives yet story is my great great grandma Felicita ( sometimes spelled with s at the end of her name) Ramos who was married to my great great grandpa Santiago Rodriguez, always talked about her primo ( cousin) Geronimo the Native American Indian and We have been trying to find their connection but we’re stuck! Don’t really know where else to look!

  7. I’ve done the DNA test. I have hit a wall on my paternal grandfather. I have his birth place and date but no information there. Found WW 1 and marriage and census. None have any information on his parents

  8. We’re looking for my husband great great grandfather name. Because we are unable to translate documents that are in Spanish, we’re assuming his name is Trinidad Lopez or Jose Maria Lopez. My Grandmothers name is Rose Lopez (06-16-1904 to 06-23-2008) (married names are Reyes, Chevalier) Her fathers name was Manuel Gilibaldo Lopez (unsure of these dates or places 1867 Oaxaca Mexico to 1913,and mothers names is Manuela Luna( 1876Aconche, Sonora Mexico to 07-07-1944 Tucson Az, Sisters to Rose/Maria and Ysable Lopez, Brothers/ name Francisco Santiago, Manuel, and Edwardo Luna Lopez. They immigrated to Douglas, Az around 1906, and I believe Manuel G Lopez and his daughter(Maria) might have passed away in Douglas, Az, between1906 to 1910, because his wife Manuela Lopez is showing as a widow in the 1910 in the us census. I’ve asked all family members about who Manuel G. Lopez fathers name might be, but they don’t know. Hope you can help.