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Are you an adoptee looking for your birth parents? We WILL find them or We WILL refund your money–GUARANTEED!
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Jenny Wallentine-Origins Co Owner who found her birth parents
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Jenny Wallentine

I co-founded Origins Genealogy. As an adoptee myself, I understand what you’re going through.

Growing up, my parents told me that I was adopted so it raised a lot of questions for me such as: Who placed me for adoption? Do I have any other siblings or close relatives out there? Who do I look like? Are there any medical conditions I need to worry about?

Some of these questions were asked out loud and others in silence, but one thing’s for sure: the questions never stopped coming! So I began the search for my birth mother.

I spent 12 years of WASTED TIME and THOUSANDS of dollars looking for my birth mom. It took me another 20 years and SEVERAL THOUSAND more dollars to find my biological father.

I learned a lot in this decades-long search for my birth family. Knowing where I came from was transformative and gave me a sense of power I hadn’t realized was missing.

It filled me with a sense of joy and relief that’s difficult to put into words. This led me to start Origins Genealogy to give other adoptees the same positive, life-changing experience I hadminus some of the challenges I’d faced during my own journey.

Top 5 Reasons Adoptees Search for Biological Parents

Before finding my birth parents, I had many questions. I’m sure you can relate. There’s not a simple answer to the question of why an adult adoptee wants to search. Every adoptee is different, but I believe there are 5 main reasons adoptees want to know about their birth parents.

These 5 reasons are:

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Curiosity

Everyone wants to know who they look like. As an adult adoptee, you have lived your entire life looking like … no one!

Despite nearly 8 billion people in the world, you haven’t known one single soul on this planet that looked just like you. A pretty lonely feeling, right?

Adoptees are also curious about who their birth parents are and what they are like. What questions do you want to ask when you meet your birth parents?

“When I was in a crowd of people, I found myself looking for people with dark curly hair and blue eyes. Why? I wanted to know if they were related to me. When my children were born, I FINALLY had others who looked like me!”
-Jenny Wallentine (Co-founder)
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Heritage

Where in the world did I come from? In a day and age where knowing your ancestry is becoming more and more popular, adoptees are once again left behind, not knowing their true genetic heritage.

Your family tree is just as important as others and you deserve to know. Now, advances in genetic genealogy can shine a light on your origins. If you have been searching for birth relatives, you can now get the answers with our personalized genetic genealogy service.

“For instance, I was surprised to learn that my birth father’s family were German Jews who immigrated to the US in the early 1900s after living in Russia for almost 200 years. Talk about mind-blown! I immediately wanted to learn all I could about that area and those people.”
-Jenny Wallentine (Co-founder)
Medical Info is a bonus of finding birth parents

Medical

Advances in science allow us to have the best health care available, but that is only true if you know your family’s medical history. You have all gone to the doctor and been asked to fill out a family medical history form.

Questions like: Has anyone in your family had…? I always thought to myself “Good question, but I don’t have any idea.”

Unfortunately, most adoptees don’t have a clue about medical conditions that run in their families. That always frustrated me, so I just quickly skipped over that section.

As I got older, this became more important because I had developed some medical conditions that needed answers and more information.

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To Fill A Void

My adoptive parents were absolute rock stars when it came to taking care of me. (I say that with empathy for those adoptees who may not have had such a wonderful experience as an adopted child).

No matter how good my life was, there was always something missing. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle with a single piece missing from the middle … incomplete.

Once I learned about my biological parents, that hole was finally filled along with finding the peace I had longed for. Often, adoptees develop wonderful relationships with a birth parent or half-sibling after finding them.

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To Thank Them

Many adoptees feel fortunate that their parents did what they felt was best for them by placing them for adoption.

It’s common for adoptees to want to say thank you and to let them know they are doing well. Biological parents—and especially birth mothers—are generally very relieved and happy to learn that their adopted child has had a good life.

It can be very healing on both sides to connect after wondering about each other for a lifetime.

Which of these top 5 reasons do you most relate to?

Benefits of Finding Your Birth Parents

For those who were raised with their biological parents, it may not seem important for an adoptee to find birth parents. Like so many other things in life, it’s hard to understand how someone feels unless you have walked in their shoes.

The best way to describe it would be like wearing a pair of shoes that protected your feet, kept them warm and dry, and looked good with your clothes, but only you could tell that they just didn’t fit right. Maybe they rubbed your heel wrong or they were too narrow. Only an adoptee knows what that feels like.

Fortunately, there are ways to get the shoe to fit just right. This can happen when you find your birth parents. No matter how wonderful your adoptive family is, the nagging unanswered questions can be uncomfortable like ill-fitting shoes.

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Finding Biological Parents: Some Benefits

Adoptee can learn the truth when finding birth parents

TRUTH

Adoptees rarely know why they were placed for adoption or what the circumstances were that led to the decision to place them for adoption. We have all heard the saying that the truth can set you free.
Learning about a birth parent’s circumstances can be very enlightening. Knowing their stories can bring empathy and clarity and allow adoptees to view themselves and their birth parents in a more healthy, positive way.
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FORGIVENESS

For some adoptees, being given up for adoption can feel like being abandoned–just given away. This can cause negative feelings and resentment.
Knowing the truth can help an adoptee to better process their past and forgive.
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HEALING

Feelings of abandonment can leave some adoptees with issues such as separation anxiety and low self-esteem.

It’s easy to have negative, confused, or even angry feelings about having been placed for adoption.

Knowing the truth can bring a sense of peace and closure that benefits adoptees as well as their close family members.
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CONNECTION

Knowing your birth parents means knowing your heritage, knowing your people. It provides a sense of finally knowing exactly where you fit. You finally know who you look like and can learn more about your unique personal family heritage.

This connection to past generations can broaden your self-identity and provide an even greater sense of belonging.

You may decide to learn a new language, visit a country where your ancestors lived or explore a new culture. This can make the shoe fit just right.

Jenny Wallentine, co-founder of Origins, was adopted in a closed adoption. Though she loved her adoptive parents, she felt a need to search for her birth parents as an adult. 

In this video, Jenny shares her experience of connecting with her biological father and learning why she has such thick, curly hair.

To start your own process and get connected to your biological parents, click the button below!

Barbara Pace-Head researcher and cofounder of Origins

Barbara Pace

Co-Founder & Director of Operations

There are lots of other benefits of finding your biological parents. Each adoptee has their unique situation which will allow for individual and personal benefits.

Origins was co-founded by Jenny Wallentine, an adoptee herself, for the purpose of helping other adoptees experience the same satisfaction, joy, and peace she felt as she came to learn the truth about her birth parents.

During her decades-long journey, she met many other adult adoptees who were searching for answers, and she wanted to help them, too. To best accomplish this, she teamed up with Barbara Pace, who has many years of experience using genetic genealogy, to help other adoptees find their birth parents and understand their family tree.

Eventually, they saw the need for a formal business venture to help the growing number of people who were looking for birth parents and who wanted to discover the stories behind their birth families. That was the genesis for Origins Genealogy.

Today, Jenny and Barbara continue to work together, now armed with the broadened resources and focus needed to serve many more adoptees and to help them discover their origins.

What Sets Us Apart:
The Origins Genealogy Difference

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We offer a quick turnaround.

(2-4 weeks for most projects.)

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We have strict quality control.

(We check every detail for accuracy.)

We’re one of the world’s top-rated full-service genealogy firms. We have decades of worldwide research experience and specialize in using DNA technology. 

We offer unparalleled results in locating old family photos and stories, mapping out pedigrees, finding birth parents, discovering the whereabouts of living relatives, and connecting family members.

Our researchers have vast genealogical knowledge, accreditations, degrees, at least a decade of experience, or unique, highly specialized skills with proven high performance.

Personalized attention. Your project will be customized to meet your unique needs and goals. We enjoy exceeding expectations.

Being based near the Salt Lake Family History Library—the largest repository of genealogical records in the world—gives us a distinct advantage, as the SLFHL houses microfilm copies of millions of records from around the globe that have not been digitized and are not available in any online database.

In short, Origins is second to none when it comes to personalized genetic genealogy assistance!

Origins Customer Testimonials
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Deb C
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After years of frustration trying to solve the puzzle on my own, Origins staff were able to find the mystery birth father very quickly. They provided a comprehensive report outlining the DNA matrix that proved the person, with bonus background info and photos. Definitely recommend their service !!
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As an adoptee with a completed search, I've been writing about adoptee searches with DNA testing for 13 years. Birth parent searches, even with DNA matches, can take months of effort and will not always succeed. Hiring an experienced professional can speed up the process and increase the chance of success. But some cases still can't be solved. And I've known people to spend thousands of dollars for nothing. That's why I was excited to see a research company willing to take the risk and guarantee results. This is a huge development for adoptees. Thank you Origins International.
Joe Mueller
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Origins was easy to work with and kept me informed during the process. Origins helped me obtain photos and information about my birth mother, identified my birth father, and also obtained photos and information about him. They obtained photos of both sets of my grandparents and found relatives on both sides of my family who were excited to talk to me and share even more information. It is wonderful to have answers and new family connections.
Jack Castle
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The Origins staff was amazing. In a very short period of time they were able to both verify the identity of my father's birth mother but to unmistakably identify my father's birth father! They talked with birth family relatives and obtained stories, pictures, newspaper articles and other documents. I am overwhelmed with the great job they did. They are nice people and great to work with. I highly recommend them for your search.
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Finding my biological father was something I’ve longed for since my teens! I will be 48 in a month. This was a secret my mom went to the m with, so I lost all hope to find him My parents raised me believing my dad who raised me was my biological father, He was a great man, however at 22 they finally admitted he was not my biological dad. They said they were protecting me from him because he was in a motorcycle club. I’ve had 2 DNA tests with nice men over the years (which was very emotional). I knew my mom was hiding his true identity because when I was in 5th grade I overhead a conversation with her and a friend (they were outside and I heard them from an open window inside) my moms friend Carol said “Georgia what are you going to do if Gypsy comes looking for Amanda” being so young I though who is Gypsy and why would he come for me? As the years went on I never forgot that name or that conversation. I’d asked my mom so many times to know the truth with no success. I never told her about the conversation I overheard. She passed away November 4th 2020, so I thought that door closed permanently. I mentioned not knowing my biological father in a post I made after my mom passed away and a former dance mom and friend reached out to me and gave me the name of a company called Origins International. I truly felt nobody could discover who my biological father was, but they said they were confident they could find him. I truly didn’t give it much thought after that. Friday when I came home from work they reached out to me and said they found my dad. I froze and thought “this can’t be real” and then they said his nickname was “Gypsy” I physically fell forward and I burst into tears!!! I never gave them this nickname so I knew it was really him!!! I asked if he was alive and sadly he passed away November 29th 2020 💔(ironically 25 days after my mom). I wished I could have met him! Origins International gave me relatives to reach out to, so I will try!!! I can’t believe they found out and especially so fast!! I wish I would have found them sooner!!! I’m so very grateful to them to have this closure, I never thought I’d get! 🙏❤️ I had a hole in my heart the size of my father that is now filled!!! I have spent many hours crying since Friday, but am so grateful to finally know the truth!! 🙏 ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you Origins International!!! If anyone needs to find a parent or family member, or anyone contact them....they are truly miracle workers!!!

How I Found My Birth Father: Patrick's Story

For 19 years, Patrick, an adoptee, looked for his birth parents. Frustrated with the high prices of companies that promised nothing, and trying many services including online genealogy resources and private detectives but getting nowhere, Patrick gave up. A few years later he discovered Origins and gave it one more shot. It worked!

With help from Origins Genealogy, Patrick found his biological father. (Unfortunately, Patrick’s birth mother passed away in 2009.) Watch the story of how Patrick’s birth father and family welcomed him into their lives.

Warning: Grab a Kleenex!

Origins was different from the rest. They made the process fast and smooth. If you are looking for a birth parent or birth sibling, call Origins today. "

- Patrick Warburton

The Origins Genealogy Team

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Our researchers around the globe are ready to help you discover your origins and learn your family’s unique history.

Whether you are interested in tracing your pedigree, gathering family stories, or using DNA to find birth parents, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re a full-service genetic genealogy firm that uses the genealogy proof standard. We carefully screen, select and train genealogy professionals who know how to help you achieve your research goals.

Based near the world’s largest family history library, we have access to millions of microfilmed church and government records from locations in over 110 countries. We have feet on the ground in many countries and researchers who care deeply about your experience.

Our highest goal is to help you love your family heritage. We look for stories of resilience, excellence, and courage you’ll want to pass on to your children and grandchildren. Our experienced genealogists are ready to start working on what matters most to you.

We offer free case reviews and will help you understand every option available in answering your unique family questions.
Our fast-growing genealogy research firm will never be too busy to provide the personal attention your family’s unique story deserves.

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How the Origins Genealogy Process Works for Finding Birth Parents

Step 1

1st STEP: WE NEED DNA TEST RESULTS FROM YOU

We partner with Ancestry©️ because they have the largest database of all DNA testing companies out there. Since Ancestry©️ is the largest DNA database, and they allow us to download a copy of your DNA, we then upload the raw DNA data to other available databases: MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA, Genomelink, and GEDMatch.

The purpose of uploading DNA data to other databases is to “cast the largest net” and allow us to include all the possible DNA matches before we analyze the results.

ALREADY TAKEN A DNA TEST?

If you have taken a DNA test other than Ancestry©️ (such as 23andMe©️, for example), we still will need genetic testing from Ancestry©️ because they have the largest database, but do not allow DNA matches from other databases (such as 23andMe©️) to be uploaded into their database.

If you already took a DNA test from Ancestry©️, then you are ready to move onto our upload and analysis service (2nd step).

HAVEN’T TAKEN A DNA TEST WITH ANCESTRY©️?

No worries, we have Ancestry©️ kits available… Purchase HERE through us and receive a $10 discount over Ancestry’s©️ regular price! Once you have sent in your DNA sample and have your results, contact us for our upload and analysis service for your next step.

Step 2

2nd STEP: OKAY, SO I HAVE MY DNA RESULTS FROM ANCESTRY©️; NOW WHAT?

After you received your DNA results, we will now do the ‘Upload and Analysis.’ This is the 2nd step we do to find your birth parents or relatives.

During this process, we will download a copy of your DNA and upload it into three other databases we are partnered with (MyHeritage, Genomelink, GEDMatch, and FamilyTreeDNA).

While your DNA is being uploaded, we ask that you send us a detailed email of any information you may know about your biological relatives, your closed adoption, surnames of parents, birth dates/locations, family relationships, and any other relevant information.

We often find that people have some information, even if it is small, that can be helpful to us.

Step 3

3rd STEP: LET’S TALK ABOUT IT

Once we complete the 2nd step ‘Upload and Analysis’ you will have a personal phone call with me (Jenny Wallentine, Co-founder) to go over the results we found.

If you do have enough close DNA matches needed for us to find your relative, we will then provide you with a custom quote. Should you choose to accept our proposal, we will deduct the first initial $300 ‘Upload and Analysis’ fee from the quote.

Most of our genealogy service packages range between $1,800-$2,600. Normally, these packages with the accompanying reports take us between 2-4 weeks to complete.

In the rare event that there aren’t enough close DNA matches, we will notify you to keep an eye out for DNA matches in a certain range of centiMorgans.
” A centiMorgan is a measurement of how much DNA you share with another person. The higher the number, the more closely you are related. Over time, as more DNA is entered, you will have more matches and we may be able to help you then reach your goals.”

Step 4

4th STEP: RESEARCH AND REPORTING

Once you have agreed for us to find your biological parent, we start the research. We spend hours providing DNA charting to show you how we concluded that X is your parent.

We also provide you with online records (original birth certificate, death certificate, divorce decree, adoption records, etc.), documents, newspaper clippings, photos, and contact information for close relatives.

This requires the use of genetic genealogy, traditional genealogy, access to many databases, and some detective work. Our packages are very detailed.

When your project is completed, you will receive a phone call from us and the file will be emailed to you.

Step 5

5TH STEP: LIAISON SERVICE FOR MEETING YOUR BIOLOGICAL FAMILY

Origins Genealogy loves happy endings. As an adult adoptee, it is not always easy to reach out to your birth parent. It can be quite a shock for those receiving the call.

After Origins has identified who the birth parents/family are, for an additional fee, we can make the initial contact for you. Think of it as an adoption reunion.

As a neutral party, we can smooth the way for the first contact by crafting introduction letters, gathering photos to send, providing the research, and answering questions to ensure accurate information. This provides a comfortable and safe environment for all parties which generally leads to a much smoother transition to getting to know each other.

“My half-brother got my dad to talk to me for the first time on the phone and I lost it. Despite spending years imagining and practicing what I would do, hearing his voice was sooo moving, I couldn’t gather myself together. Remember, I was 50 years old. He said… Hello, Jenny… this is your father.”

-Jenny Wallentine (Co-Founder)

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Imagine, in just a few weeks you could know your birth parent(s) for the first time!

“When you start, it can feel like a daunting task to find a family member. Fortunately, we’re here to help! With Origins Genealogy, this search will be easier than ever before and not just restricted to the pages of dusty old books anymore.

It is only natural when starting out finding a birth parent that some questions arise as soon as one steps into uncharted territory. Who better to ask those questions than someone who has been there all along?

Thankfully, we’ve got experts on hand and me personally to help. With Origins, your family history is no longer a thing of the past. Trust our experts to map out your pedigree, find missing relatives and discover your ancestors’ stories.”

-Jenny Wallentine (Co-founder)

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Ancestry© DNA Kit

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(You need an Ancestry©️ DNA Kit FIRST before you can begin with UPLOAD & ANALYSIS)
We partnered with Ancestry©️ to give our clients a discount. Purchase through us and receive $10 off! NOTE: We work with Ancestry©️ DNA testing ONLY. Once you have your DNA results in, contact us for our upload and analysis service for your next step.

Birth Parent Finding Service FAQ

We offer a variety of packages for you to choose from when you use us to locate your biological relatives. You can view our costs and packages on the Origins Genealogy Services page.

We can absolutely help you find your dad. If you already know your birth mother, our job is easier. You have the DNA of two parents in your genome, but knowing one parent helps us isolate that parent’s genome out of the equation and focus solely on the genome of the missing parent.

Origins Genealogy does work with international adoptions, yes. If you’re an international adoptee looking to reunite with your biological family, call (801) 500-0900 and we’ll give you a free, no-obligation consultation wherein we discuss the specifics of your situation, including your country of origin.

If we’re not 100% confident we can find your birth parents in your country of origin, we’ll tell you so.

While it may be true that the birth parent in question never took a DNA test, it’s almost certain that many of his relatives have. For example, birth parents can be identified even without a close match by studying and charting second cousin matches.

DNA matches indicate a biological relationship. The age and generation of a DNA match and the amount of shared DNA indicate the nature of those relationships. Amounts of shared DNA are measured in centiMorgans (cM) and reveal genetic distance.

The more shared DNA, the closer the relationship. For example, siblings generally share between 1613-3488 cM, while second cousins generally share between 41-592 cM.


Below is a chart showing predicted biological relationships based on shared autosomal DNA. It has been compiled by researcher Blaine Bettinger and is one of the charts most widely used by genetic genealogists worldwide. 

(In the chart, “1C” = “First Cousin.” “2C1R” = “Second Cousin Once Removed.”)

You can see that there is a lot of overlap in the relationship ranges. For example, if a DNA match shares 1300 cM with you, they could potentially be an aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, or first cousin.

Knowing the gender of the match rules out some of these options. Knowing the age of a match also helps narrow down the possibilities. Knowing the relationships of many different matches to each other helps narrow down the relationship possibilities even more.

This often requires extending the attached tree of a DNA match or learning exactly who the match is and mapping out their pedigree if they have not attached a pedigree at all.

Once several DNA matches and their pedigrees have been identified, points of intersection can be found, and the matches can be charted in a pedigree chart such as the one below.

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In the DNA chart above, a DNA icon touching a box indicates that the person named in the box took a DNA test. Inside the box, the amount of DNA shared with adoptee Steve McCormick is listed (names and photos of living people have been changed).

This chart shows that Steve shares a lot of DNA with the descendants of Vangie May Winn and her husband Albert Dorus Webb—parents of Donald Dorus Webb.

Steve also shares a lot of DNA with descendants of William Ellis Stratton and Minnie Kartchner, mother of Leona Stratton. Note that DNA match “mtwinn” on the bottom left, a descendant of Vangie May Winn’s father David Winn, shares 173 cM with Steve, while DNA match Linda Maschger, a descendant of David Winn in the same generation, shares 516 cM with Steve.

This indicates that Steve descends from Linda’s ancestor Vangie May Winn rather than DNA match “mtwinn’s” ancestor Howard S. Winn, Vangie’s brother.
Note DNA match “ekartchner40” on the bottom right. He shares 97 cM with Steve compared to the 284 cM shared with DNA match Jacqueline Kay Hatch, a descendant of William Decatur Kartchner of the same generation.

This indicates that Steve descends through Jacqueline’s ancestor Minnie Kartchner and rather than “ekartchner’s” ancestor Culver Kartchner, Minnie’s brother.

This chart above represents only a fraction of the Webb, Winn, Stratton, and Kartchner DNA matches. Steve’s closest paternal DNA matches consistently descend from husband and wife Albert Dorus Webb and Vangie May Winn and husband and wife William Ellis Stratton and Minnie Kartchner.

How do these families connect? Vangie and Albert’s son Donald Dorus Webb married William and Minnie’s daughter Leona Stratton.

Donald Dorus Webb and his wife Leona Stratton had three sons and one daughter. DNA evidence examined was sufficient to determine that Steve’s birth father was one of these three sons.

Once the birth father’s family had been identified, obtaining the rest of the answers about Steve’s background was much easier.

Through detective work and sensitive phone calls to members of the Webb family, we were able to determine that one of these three sons attended the same school as Steve’s birth mother, and had at one time been in a relationship with her.

Mystery solved.

Yes! We can help you discover how your DNA matches connect. Often, traditional genealogy work is required to extend a DNA match’s pedigree back further.

We can often track down a DNA match’s phone number and call them to ask questions. This can be very helpful. For example, in one case the closest DNA match had no corresponding surnames in their attached tree. We obtained their phone number and called them.

After some discussion, the DNA match realized she and her husband’s names had been switched on their kits! She then provided us with the right tree, and this information helped the project succeed. 

It can be frustrating to have no information about your birth parents. However, a DNA test is always the first step, as it can reveal so much.

In some cases, Origins can identify your birth parents from DNA results alone. In other cases, we must bolster genetic testing results with other types of research.

You’ll never know until you take the test. Head on over to the Origins DNA testing page to begin.

Of course! Give us a call at (801) 500-0900 Hours: 9-5 M-F Mountain Time.
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We WANT to help you; that’s why we provide a custom payment plan to help people just like you!
It will be the same process. We have a lot of adoptees looking for birth siblings or other relatives.

It can be frustrating when you can’t get your original birth certificate unsealed. But it doesn’t have to be the end.

For a small fee, we can upload a copy of your raw DNA data to multiple databases. With access to all your closest DNA matches, we can study them to see where their pedigrees connect.

We can evaluate your particular case. If we believe your DNA matches provide enough information to succeed in your goals, we will provide a guarantee. There will be no risk of “paying for nothing in return.”

Yes! Many DNA matches are not instantly identifiable and don’t respond to in-system messaging. There are many ways around this.

For example, some have uncommon names, and so it’s possible to obtain their phone numbers through a subscription database and reach them that way to confirm they took a DNA test and learn their lineage.

Other times we can use a subscription newspaper database to find an obituary naming a DNA match’s parents. Once we get back far enough, additional birth records and census records for the family are in the public domain, and we can therefore frequently chart the pedigree of a DNA match even if they don’t respond to messaging through Ancestry or 23andMe or one of the other DNA databases.

For some reason, it’s frequently the closest and most helpful DNA match who will not respond. Once we chart the other matches (for example, second cousin matches) to see how their trees connect, we can often pinpoint the right family and identify the closest DNA match through this analysis.

Individuals taking DNA tests frequently use aliases. We often discover that the same alias has been used in other places online along with a DNA match’s full name. Other times, if we add an “@gmail.com” to the end of their alias it pulls up as a working email address and we can contact the DNA match that way. These are just a few examples of the initial detective work and traditional genealogy work done to identify and chart DNA matches.

We do not have a one-size-fits-all price. We evaluate each case individually. Based on the number of DNA matches, we will custom tailor a package for you.

Most searches for birth parents cost between $1800-$2600, and we have a 100% success rate to date with a money back guarantee.

 

Origins subscribes to many subscription databases that allow us to digitally search phone and address records, obituaries, and other data. We have nearly a 100% track record finding contact information for living people through subscription databases, social media, and detective work.

We specialize in making those first sensitive phone calls introducing an adoptee to his or her birth family. We help an adoptee write a letter of introduction with photos.

We share DNA charting and explain how the DNA data prove the family relationship. We share every good thing we have come to know about the adoptee, which also helps reassure newly-discovered biological family members that it is safe to connect.

We help set up initial phone calls or meetings with the family. Since we are a third party representing the adoptee as opposed to the individual adoptee, the initial phone calls are less emotionally charged.

Family members have space to process the information, study the data and ask questions. When the first contact with the adoptee is made later, they know they are speaking with a true relative.

Yes! Origins subscribes to many subscription databases that allow us to digitally search phone and address records, obituaries, and other data. We have nearly a 100% track record finding contact information for living people through subscription databases, social media, and detective work.

Yes! As professional genealogists, we often do this for our clients. We act as a neutral party to help ease the adoption reunion.

We can provide DNA charting to explain the genetic relationship, share letters, photos, and more about each other. Our liaison service offers a safe environment for both sides to experience healing and reconciliation with a minimum of awkwardness. 

If you’d like our help with your adoption reunion, call (801) 500-0900 today!

In terms of locating your birth parents, our process is the same whether your adoption was transracial or not. Genetics work the same, regardless of whether your adoptive family shared your ethnic heritage or not.

That said, every piece of identifying information helps us home in on your biological family. Your ethnicity could be an important piece of the genetic genealogy puzzle.

Yes, when it comes to using our genetic genealogy and archival research skills to reunite you to your birth parents, a foster care adoption works the same as an adoption that was done through an adoption agency.

Regardless of the type of  adoption, Origins uses the results of a genealogical DNA test to look for potential genetic matches already in the databases of Ancestry.com and other genealogy websites.

Based on our findings, we supplement the DNA testing results with deep archival research, online detective work, and whatever else we need to do to maintain our 100% success rate!

If you were a foster child who was adopted, Origins can help you meet your birth parents. Call Origins Genealogy at (801) 500-0900 and we’ll get all your questions answered.

While it may be possible in some cases to find your birth parents on your own with a little research, in many cases an adult adoptee will need to invest some cash. 

A genealogical DNA test, for example, costs money, as does access to many online genealogy databases.

And of course, if you hire a professional genetic genealogy company such as Origins, that will cost money as well.

With our 100% success rate and our money-back guarantee, it will be one of the most worthwhile investments you’ll have made.

Yes, Origins helps adult adoptees connect with their biological parents regardless of the religion or ethnicity of the adoptee, the adoptive family, and the biological family.

In the search for your birth relative, we perform the same genetic and archival detective work regardless of whether you were adopted in a Jewish adoption, Christian adoption, Islamic adoption, or secular adoption.

Knowing you were adopted in a Jewish adoption, though, gives us an additional piece of the puzzle that can help us get to the truth faster.

Yes, if you have a biological sibling who was adopted—either through a foster adoption, or through adoption agencies—Origins Genealogy can help you find and connect with him or her.

Origins can help you reunite with any living biological family member, from adopted siblings to birth parents to aunts, uncles, or other kinship relations.

Many adopted persons love and respect their adoptive family and worry that searching for birth relatives will signal or dissatisfaction with their adoptive parents.

It’s important, however, to keep in mind that your longing to connect with your biological relatives is deepseated and very common among adopted children. It is not a referendum on your adoptive parents and their parenting.

The best you can do is honestly and respectfully share your feelings with your adoptive family, making sure to let them know that you love and respect their contribution to your life and that you need to meet your birth parents for YOU.

While it’s helpful to know your biological parents’ names, such knowledge is not a prerequisite to finding them. With a genealogical DNA test and our crack team of researchers, chances are that Origins Genealogy can locate them with or without their names.

  1. Gather any information you can about them from family members, adoptive parents, or anyone else that may know them.
  2. Check with adoption registries.
  3. If you know the name of the adoption agency that placed you, talk to them.
  4. Enlist the help of a professional genealogy service such as Origins Genealogy

In most cases, yes, your biological parents want you to find them. Generally, when parents give a child up for adoption, they spend the rest of their lives wondering if they made the right choice and thinking about how that child is doing.

In most cases, biological parents welcome a reunion with the child they gave up for adoption. If you parents are the rare exception and don’t want a relationship with you, then that’s a risk worth taking, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you rather take your chances and find out?

Biological mothers, especially, are often haunted by the choice they made to place their child for adoption. Many were young, single mothers when they placed for adoption, and were unable to adequately provide for their child. Many face persistent feelings of failure.

Many biological fathers are unaware that they fathered a child, much less that they have a child who was placed with adoptive parents. For these birth dads, a reunion can come as an extra shock because they’re also learning for the first time that they’re a dad.

“Parent” conveys several different realities: legal, practical, and biological.

Legally, adoptive parents are the “real” parents: they have legal custody and decisionmaking power for the adopted child.

Practically, adoptive parents are the “real” parents: they act the role of parents, including feeding, nurturing, teaching, and all of the other countless roles parents play in the raising of their children.

Biologically, adoptive parents are not the “real” parents, as the children don’t carry their genes. The “birth parents,” “biological parents” or whatever other term we want to use are the “real” parents in a strictly biological sense.

It might be possible to find your dad for free; each situation is different. Here’s a good place to start.

  1. Enter his last name on people search engines (BeenVerified, Spokeo, PeopleFinder, WhitePages, TruthFinder, etc) and use different variations of his first name, such as diminutives, initials, etc.
  2. Look for matches that are approximately the right age as your biological father.
  3. Contact the matches.

Don’t have your biological father’s name? That’s going to be tougher. It might be time to enlist the help of a professional genealogy firm that specializes in finding living family members.

Ancestry matches with distant relatives (smaller than 10 centimorgans long) can be inconclusive, but close matches are almost always correct. Likewise, if Ancestry says you are NOT a match for someone to whom you assumed you were genetically related, that is generally reliable. See our recent article on what it means when your DNA does not match Dad.

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Liaison For Adoptee and Birth Family

As an adoptee, it is not always easy to reach out to your birth parent. It can be quite a shock for those receiving the call. After Origins has identified who the birth parents/family are, we can make the initial contact for you. As a neutral party, we can smooth the way for the first contact by crafting introduction letters, gathering photos to send, providing the research, and answering questions to assure the information is accurate. This provides a comfortable and safe environment for all parties that generally leads to a much smoother transition to getting to know each other.

Origins Travel Tour

There’s no place like home. Now that you know your heritage, why not go home for a visit. Origins offers both personalized ancestral tours for those who want a more custom trip and heritage tours for those who enjoy a planned itinerary.