Documents + DNA + Method + a little bit of Luck: Combining Tools to Find Biological Family

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG
Jun 9, 2022
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Anna in 1905
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Don't Overlook the Others
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DNA Matches
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Baptism Record
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About this webinar

Finding an adopted child’s biological family is especially challenging for genealogists. This presentation list the steps one can take to identify an unknown parent or grandparent and dissects a successful case to show how good methodology combined with document research and DNA matches can put a decades-old question to rest.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal, and president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter. She has served three terms on the Minnesota Genealogical Society
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  1. JS
    Janet Shahmiri
    2 years ago

    Wow. Excellent.

  2. CC
    Cathy Cline
    2 years ago

    Great info! Although I was able to get my grandmother’s original 1891 birth certificate, the mother used a false name for herself and a fictitious dead husband. She also testified falsely under oath during the proceeding (I got the file too, with 1 page of testimony). That misled me for a long time and it took DNA and methodology to solve it. Birth certificates can be wrong.

  3. JC
    Julie Christensen
    2 years ago

    Such a great webinar with methodology steps. Loved it!

  4. GL
    Graham Lowe
    2 years ago

    Wow! This case study was a fantastic real-life demonstration of how to effectively utilize methodology to successfully solve an unknown parentage mystery. Thank you Elizabeth!

  5. DP
    Diane Palmer
    2 years ago

    Totally engrossing. I started out half listening to the webinar while watching Master Chief. Gordon Ramsey was quickly placed on the back burner.

  6. LG
    Lynn Grubb
    2 years ago

    Very informative and presented in a way that was easy to understand. I have been working with DNA for years but I learned new skills tonight.

  7. SB
    Shannon Bridget Murphy
    2 years ago

    The techniques for family history have changed dramatically during the past decade. Thoroughly enjoyed virtually attending the webinar. Shannon Bridget Murphy

  8. SB
    Sandra Buckle
    2 years ago

    Excellent information. So organized! Enjoyed every minute!!


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