Most of us, I suspect, have an adoption story somewhere in our family trees. It could be recent—or maybe it’s on a more distant branch that we haven’t identified yet. It might be a formal adoption, or informal. Sometimes openly acknowledged, other times in secret.
The advent of DNA testing means we may discover that a relative was not the biological child of the parents that raised him or her. Our matches may also provide evidence to identify someone’s birth mother or father.
For each of my DNA matches who are my third cousins or closer, I’ve identified our Most Recent Common Ancestor. Several of them had adoption stories, and this month, I’ve invited one of them to tell her story.