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Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA was a Global Ebook Awards gold medal winner and a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist. It is Richard Hill's true and intensely personal story of how he pieced together the long-kept secret of his own origins. This highly suspenseful book is a compelling saga of personal detective work that will appeal to anyone who loves a good mystery. But this isn't fiction. It's an engrossing account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, including the author's landmark use of DNA testing, takes listeners on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride and concludes with a twist that rivals anything Hollywood has to offer.

©2015 Richard Hill (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Kathy
  • 10-05-17

But Who's My Real Dad?

Join Richard Hill in his search for his long lost family, a family he didn't know he even had til his family's doctor spilled the beans when Richard came in for a medical appointment as a young adult. Despite the shock of what he learned, Richard kept his knowledge secret from his adoptive parents for much of their lives to honor their desires. His search and what he came to learn never diminished his love for his adoptive parents. However, respecting their wishes to not acknowledge this adoption to him did not prevent him from searching for any and all information he could find.

It is fascinating to see the techniques Richard came to employ before the advent of the computer age and the easy availability of DNA testing. Over a period of many years he kept searching, on and off, from early adulthood til retirement age, in a quest to learn his family secrets. Sometimes he would give up in utter frustration and years would pass. Then something would happen to spark his curiosity, and he would be off and running again.

Richard explains his motivations. You can't help but wonder why this information can be kept from adult adoptees whom, it seems, should have the right to know their biological origins. Can you imagine if someone told you that you don't have the right to know who your biological parents are?

The most important takeaway from this book is the importance of the use of DNA testing to identify family members. This new field of "Genetic Genealogy" is being used more and more in the process of finding the members of one's family tree and identifying the missing links in one's past. It is of particular importance to adoptees but can benefit almost anyone who is searching for their ancestry. DNA testing plays a major role in Richard's quest. His answers would not have been attainable without it.

All in all, a great listen--heartwarming, surprising, informative, sensitive, well-written. A perfect narration adds to the listening experience!

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  • ben notgrass
  • 22-06-17

Fantastic !!

Read like a novel. I couldn't put it down! Full of fantastic tips and guidance !!

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  • Tiffany Washington
  • 28-05-17

Very engaging!!

I'm on the same search and the story is very familiar! I don't have a name for my father...I'm about to check laws and write letters! Thank you for encouraging and guiding me, Richard! Fabulous outcome!

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  • Michelle Fields
  • 08-06-18

Masterpiece!

This book was hands down the best audible book I've purchased thus far and the narrator did a wonderful job. Richard Hill went to great lengths to share his story in great detail; making certain to captivate his readers. The moment I started this book I couldn't walk away from it. I found myself listening to it at work, in the morning while putting on my makeup and in the car. Not only was his story very inspiring; considering, I'm currently awaiting my DNA results; he also included a lot of helpful information for those of us not knowing what to do next. Thank you Mr. Hill for such a great book!

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  • Paul ODonnell
  • 04-06-18

Great story and infirmation

WHAT A STORY! Fascinating and inspiring. Also educational as far as DNA genealogy testing available.

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  • Nannette Young
  • 23-05-18

Awesome!!!!

If you have any interest in geneology or not you will love this book!!! Wonderful, must read!!!

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  • For the l💕 of summer 🌷
  • 18-04-18

Could not put this ‘audiobook down!

I am adopted.
My early years are vague of course. We moved to Southern California when I was 4:)
My birth Mother was asking to see me.
Just wanted to ‘hang out and play with
me.

This was very threatening at that point in time. Especially for my adopted Mother

My father sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, for The Church Of Jesus Christ andThe Latter Day Saints.
He was willing to leave something he deeply loved~
My Father would later say, yes Pam but we loved you more~
My Birth Mother was not of the Latter Day Saints faith. Yet, no matter what she wanted her baby to grow-up and be LDS.

I think of this woman quite often.

I have started writing her a Mother’s Day Card~
•It’s just that part about her not telling the birth father about things.,
•I was given a DNA kit for Christmas this year~

I have to send it soon!

This wonderful read has helped me with both answers and questions.

I loved this book because it was really a ‘raw feeling, of the emotional dynamic of adoption.
DNA;) thank you

I later learned that my birth mother wrote letters to my Grandmother until I was about eleven.

I would have given almost “anything” to have those letters that Grandma received each week. My Mom didn’t know anything about them, to my knowledge.
If I could read each one or just one,, I could even see her handwriting style. .

Note 📝 to self: There was a man who was a good family friend who came to Utah for the specific reason for this upcoming reunion of sorts.

He came to a reunion that was for the Minnesota friends.

He had seen my birth Mother on a weekly counsel session and basis.
He was retired when we met, then he shocked me when he asked if I would like to have her chart, and then he would just make s condensed version for his patients file!
I am Registered Nurse now, yet even at that time I was really taken back!
*today I might think differently.
*I felt it was such a breach of her privacy.

Next!

My parents did move though .
They had closed adoption’s at this time. My Mother said that she told me every day that I was adopted~,
I have no memory of finding this out.

It’s sad 😔 for me that my birth mama couldn’t have time to spend playing with me i guess.,
They didn’t want to have her just hanging around...

My faith is strong in the sense that my Birth Mother asked and wanted me to belong to an LDS congregation.
•She herself was not LDS.
•She never told my father that she was pregnant.

All of this is the story of closure for me, to a certain degree.
I was born into a loving home and family.
Yes, a strong Latter Day Saints family. This was a true blessing!
My mother actually had a baby sister for me, and 3 brothers!!

I met the very bestie girlfriend and her family in So/Cal
We are in constant contact and we LOVE it! .
We have been there for each other since we were 8!

I hope anyone who does adopt, is hopefully raising their children in a home full of love and security.
I was fortunate enough to have my family, as they had been able to learn a great deal about my birth Ma~ma also .

I remember asking my grandmother 👵🏻 (maternal) a very important question as she was talking and telling me about my birth Mother.

Grandma had taken her out to lunch once a week, and did other things with her so she wouldn’t be lonely in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

*This next part of my life came one day when I asked a very important question about me...

The question was one ☝️
I knew my grandmother would be truthful . Here it goes!
The most important things at this time..
...in my life.
“Grandma, was my birth Mother flat chested”?
My grandma was from Texas, and her response was that ‘she could not really remember!
*i was 😠 upset!
I knew she remembered!
Good grief
How can you not remember that!
•then with a comment that I would have loved to know!!
Grandma, she must have been flat chested or you would have told me!

This is really long!
Just know that I absolutely love the experience of the author!
Man, this was a home run experience for me. I did like the idea of being able to access a health history also.

I was never one who wanted to ‘run away to find my beautiful birth lady who is my Mother also.
I had friends in high school who wanted to bolt out and search for them.
It even makes me sad to use the word, them!

They are our Mother’s and i believe that I will have fun just catching up with 1/2,siblings if they give the ok 👍🏼
Hopefully they will be there~

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  • Tony W. Gaston
  • 03-03-18

great book for adopted kids and family

this gives me hope that I can find my Great Grandpa biological line. Hope Love

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  • S. North
  • 18-10-17

Listened In One Day

As an avid genealogical nut and big ole softy, I loved this story and learned a lot about genealogy before I got started in the mid 1990s. I’m so glad the ending was such a warm and positive one!

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  • Denny
  • 27-08-17

Life does not always begin at birth.

author wrote of a life long journey which changed his and many others lives. As an adoptee his story honored his adopted and biological parents as well as their families.