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Old 04-15-2016, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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ancestry will only tell you that your relative, it wont tell you who or how. The paper chase is how you find out who he is.
That is true for any of the autosomal tests, not just Ancestry.com.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Genealogical DNA can indeed identify a father - or any close relative. The question is whether that person will be willing to share his name with you.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Thank you all for all your answers.
This is a little unusual, so bear with me.
I was adopted in 1960, and during a brief window was able to
obtain a copy of my original birth certificate.
When I did, I received the names of both mother and father on it.
Just recently, I was able to finally get the info on my mother and her
side. Not all of it, but I was able to piece together a good amount of it.
But there are at least 2 men, who were born either in or around Philadelphia
at the time, 1960, and they were both married with families.
So, technically, of those two possible candidates, with that name, who are
both deceased, (so is my birth mother), the only way I have to connect is DNA.
I know it's a long shot, that one of those men has a relative that actually took
the DNA test, but really, I have nothing to loose.
Besides, I am curious to see what other connections come up.
I certainly am not going to call complete strangers and ask about whether or
not they heard a rumor of an adoption in the family.
I have a decent tree under my birth mother now.
I can't really go any further for birth father, I just put his name in.
This is on Ancestry, and the DNA test is from Ancestry too.
Will let you know what the results say.
Thanks again.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I know it's a long shot, that one of those men has a relative that actually took
the DNA test, but really, I have nothing to loose.
If they are a close relative (and they tested with the same company) you have a good chance of confirming/denying whether he was your father based on whether that person is a match to you or not.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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That's still the autosomal test and you can do this (have one parent test to rule out their shared matches to identify those from the other parent) with Ancestry.com and FamilyTreeDNA too. There is no need to take the same autosomal test with another company unless you're looking for more potential matches - but frankly, it's hard to get far with 23andMe or FTDNA matches because so few upload trees there to compare with.
Which is precisely why I stick with Ancestry.
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