The Villages Genealogical Society

Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG

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Anne Berg
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Jerry Steidl
Hello, my name is Anne Berg and I along with Jerry Steidl are the coordinators of the Adoption & Mystery Kin Special Interest Group. We meet the first Tuesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. at the Lake Miona Recreation Center. If you have a question about this SIG send me an email or to Jerry with your question, and we will respond as quickly as we can. 
The purpose of this group is to educate and guide members in their search for unknown family members, both recent and in the more distant past, using both DNA and traditional genealogical research, utilizing:
  • Instruction and advice for making contact with DNA matches 
  • Techniques and third-party tools for use with DNA 
  • Social media and online directories for finding living people 
  • Newspaper databases and other tools for traditional genealogy 
  • Mutual support network for those seeking birth families.
Note: This will NOT be a research service, but rather will teach members to do the searching themselves. 
You must be a member of The Villages Genealogical Society to participate in our meetings.
‚ÄčLinks of Interest
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Cyndi's List
Research Guide Download 
"AncestryDNA for Adoptees"
Adoption and Genealogy- A 24 minute video by Crista Cowan
Facebook Group: I Love Adoption Reunions