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Finding Family

My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
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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.

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Fascinating

An admirable and fascinating story that is well told with a few surprises and wholly unsentimental.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 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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  • TiffJack
  • 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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  • Lisa G. House
  • 19-01-20

Inspirational Roller Coaster Ride

What a journey the author goes on to find the biological part of himself. This true story was written in a very honest way of what it is like to search in vain for a time and then find much needed joy in the breakthroughs to motivate us to keep going. I feel like I got to know the authors family along with him, and I liked them all.

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  • Morgan
  • 28-06-19

Father is adopted and searching for biological family

With my dad being adopted and making an attempt to reach out to biological family this book had me hooked. Great read.

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  • Tina Vowles
  • 12-06-19

Love it! What a wonderful read.

Although I was not an adoptee, I found out through DNA results a secret of my own. The father that raised me was not my biological father. I am now on that same search. I sure hope mine will turn out as positive. If and when I am able to find my biological father.
Such similarities in the story. My husband suggested the book knowing my struggles with my own revelation. I'm so glad he did. This gives one hope. A book I could not stop listening to and will revisit again to listen over and over. Thank you Mr. Richard Hill for taking the time to share your personal discoveries. With all the DNA testings available today my prayer is that more people will take the time and know how important it is to have it done. What a blessing for those of us in such an important search. What great resources for the history of geneolgy.

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  • Julie W
  • 29-05-19

Great story and insight for research

I loved this book. Very well written -- easy to follow the story with various people and places, complicated topic made simple to understand. The author's sense of humor made me laugh out loud many times. I found myself talking back to him out loud, to cheer or encourage him along the way. The details he gives about how he did his research are great for generating ideas about how to search for your own family. Particularly in this electronic age, it's a great insight into how research was conducted before the Internet. It will trigger research ideas for modern searches. After completion of the book, I felt like a member of the family. I would have loved to see photos of the people in the book, I don't know if the print version had any, but the audiobook doesn't of course. The only thing I would change is that I would have preferred to hear the book read by the author.

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  • Kaybee7
  • 24-03-19

His story gripped me

As the author described his adulthood quest for answers it was like he relived the events and all their details during which he took me along as a guest in the front row . I did enjoy this book and when it was done i wanted more. . more by the author. . more by the narrator. .more similar books to keep me going.
The narrator's voice was perfect for this book's content. His speed, tone, and inflections narrated the story as i imagine it was meant to be.
I know I'll listen to this selection again, more than once probubly, and I do not regret this selection and purchase.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-19

A must for every Genealogist

Insight into a true story of finding and losing family. The struggle to find oneself.

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  • Robin G G
  • 10-11-18

One of the best books i've ever read! Bravo

What a compelling story! It was written in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat, despite being a methodical, precise search using what could have been pedantic process. Richard Hill wrote in such a compelling way about the human part of his story, that I felt I was somehow in his story rather than just reading it about it. The story gives hope for anyone searching for family or missing family. The author gives us all a little piece of our own humanity and reminds us that a great quest is always worthwhile.
I most highly recommend this book!