Are you looking for a lost loved one or your biological parent? Find someone you know on

In today’s busy world, it is very easy to lose contact with loved ones.  The siblings and cousins that you were close to as a child might have moved far away after they became adults.  This can make it difficult for you to contact them and ask about other members of your family tree.

While some adoptees are using the internet to locate their biological parents, the process most people use is a bit “hit or miss”.  The same is true for parents who want to contact the child they allowed someone else to adopt after that child has become an adult.

People who are just getting starting on their quest to locate a lost loved one can feel overwhelmed.  Where does a person start?  How can they be sure that the information they find is accurate and reliable?  Does a person need to have spent years learning how to do genealogy before they can find the person they are looking for?

Don’t give up! has plenty of resources that can guide you towards where to find the answers you seek.  A simple way to get started is to make use of a DNA test.  There are many companies that produce direct-to-consumer DNA test kits that can reveal a wealth of information.

Your DNA can reveal where your ancestors came from, clues about your heritage, and perhaps even some information about what your genes can tell you about your health.  Companies that sell DNA testing kits can use the information that the test finds to help a person connect to relatives that they might not be aware of.

AncestryDNA is the leader in DNA testing. It has the world’s largest consumer DNA database.  Some of the features that are offered the AncestryDNA test require a person to have an subscription.  It is entirely possible to get useful information from an AncestryDNA test without being subscribed to (but having a subscription is helpful).

FamilyTree DNA is the testing partner for National Geographic’s Genographic project. People who have already have their Genographic project results can transfer that data over to FamilyTree DNA.  It is also possible to purchase a FamilyTree DNA test kit without taking part in the National Geographic project.

23andMe is the first and only genetic service available directly to consumers that includes reports that meet U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for being clinically and scientifically valid. The labs they use to test your DNA are located in the United States and are certified to meet the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) standards of 1988.

National Geographic launched their Genographic Project in 2005. It is a research project from the National Geographic Society which encompass work carried out by their scientific team.  The public is encouraged to join.  The Genographic project focuses on deep ancestry from an anthropological perspective.