However, DNA tests can be used to help adoptees in their search for self-identity in other ways. In fact, DNA tests can serve 3 purposes. The first, is, of course, the most obvious, however, the others may be of equal value in discovering more about your past.
- 1 - Link specific individuals -- For example, testing to see whether you are the child of a certain man or woman.
- 2- Prove or disprove the ancestry of people sharing the same last name -- For example, testing to see if males carrying the GARCÍA surname are related to one another.
- 3- Map the Genetic Origins of large population groups --- In this case, you test to see whether your deep genetic roots show whether you have European or African American ancestry. This is often called your personal map of Human Migration.
The kind of DNA test I would like to talk about today is the THIRD KIND.
Stay tuned: The Adult Adoptee perspective on DNA testing tomorrow