DNA Quest Update

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Free DNA kits have been shipped out to participants who were selected to take part in our second round of DNA Quest.

Launched in March 2018, DNA Quest is a pro bono initiative to reunite adoptees and their birth families through genetic testing. The international community of adoptees welcomed the project with open arms and spread the word about this unique opportunity. We donated thousands of DNA kits to eligible participants, and we continue to receive inquiries about the project on an ongoing basis.

Following the phenomenal success of the original initiative, in March 2019 we extended DNA Quest and pledged to donate thousands of additional MyHeritage DNA kits, for free, to eligible participants.

Demographics

In the second round of DNA Quest, we received over 4,000 applications from people in 69 countries around the world. Most of the applications were from the United States (1,838), followed by Canada (349), the U.K. (162), Australia (161), Chile (157), and Brazil (107). We also received applications from Argentina, Spain, Ireland, and Denmark, and smaller numbers from other countries, including Vatican City, Yemen, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, and the United Arab Emirates.

70% of the applications we received were from adoptees searching for their biological families. 16% were from close family members searching for adoptees, while the rest were people who described their situation as “Other.” Interestingly, 77% of the applicants were women, and 23% were men.

Past Successes

We’ve been thrilled to learn of DNA Quest participants who have been blessed with the fulfillment of their lifelong dream and have reunited with their families thanks to the free DNA tests we gave them.

Here are some of the heartwarming stories: 

  • Mitch Yurkovich, a Michigan resident and father of four, reconnected with his birth parents, who were still together, and who had married and had two more children.
  • Susan received a free MyHeritage DNA kit through DNA Quest and discovered a half-brother, Terry, previously unknown to her.
  • Kim Prather from Oklahoma never knew her biological family, and she was at last able to locate her birth family and reunite with her sister thanks to MyHeritage.
  • Carlos Canas from Texas always knew he was adopted. He grew up as an only child, never knew who his birth parents or brothers and sisters were until he received a match to his biological half-sister. 

New reunions continue to emerge as our DNA database grows.

Next Steps

For participants of the new round of DNA Quest, DNA results can be expected as early as August 2019. Participants will discover their DNA Matches from the entire MyHeritage DNA database, which currently comprises over 3 million people. As that number grows rapidly every day, their chances of finding family members increases.

If you’ve already tested with another DNA company, you can upload your DNA data to MyHeritage for free. Once your data has been processed, you’ll receive DNA Matches that might lead you to find the family you’ve been searching for.

We hope to continue harnessing the power of genetic genealogy to reunite family members who yearn to find one another. We look forward to sharing their stories with you in the coming months.

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  • George Graham Green


    July 30, 2019

    After 74 years I have found brothers and sisters in the USA. All thanks to the DNA test. My wife and I will be going to meet them in September 2019.

  • Charlotte Anderson


    July 30, 2019

    At 79 I remain an adoptee with a birth certificate with father line blank. I have had DNA hits for a group that I match that match no one else that I have figured out. I suspect they are from my parental side but they are 4 generations back. Sure wish I could know so I can tell my children their heritage. It always seem like a pipe dream. My maternal line goes back to Mayflower and that may have to suffice.

  • Susan Gleason Cole


    July 30, 2019

    I would still like to find my mother’s real mother and real father. She was adopted in 1924 to an unwedded mother in Chicago IL

  • Susan Gleason Cole


    July 30, 2019

    Help me find my biological grandmother and my biology grandfather

  • Margaret Noble


    July 31, 2019

    I would to have my DNA tested but unfortunatley being a widow i cant afford to purchase a DNA kit, so ive not been able to find out about my origins, im 64 years old in september this year, it would be interesting to know more about my family back ground, i dont suppose that i could get one of these pro bono kits, i guess im not in the same as alot of these people are, if you could help me to get my DNA tested it would be much apprieciated, i would love to know what percentage english(british), i am how much of my DNA is from ireland, and if there are any different countries in what makes me me, i dont know if you can help me in my quest, i very much hope so,

  • Marilyn


    July 31, 2019

    Is it theoretically possible to learn, through DNA testing of a living male, the biological parents of his direct paternal GRANDFATHER born in 1880? Thanks!

  • Patricia Robinson


    July 31, 2019

    Hi I am a member of My Heritage my mother never new who her father was .. she was an adult when she found out

  • Evelyn Grevelle


    July 31, 2019

    I adopted a daughter and searching for her bio mom was an excruciating process since DNA testing hadn’t yet been created. It is exciting to know that you are helping reunite families through your generosity. Thank you!

  • Lisa M Vega


    July 31, 2019

    In 1997 I saw my mother for the last time. I don’t know if she’s alive or passed away.the last time I talked to her,she said she was moving to Granite city, Illinois. This was in August, of 11997.Her name is Sandra Cee Tate.Her maiden name is Sandra Cee Muise. She was married 3 times.1st was to my dad,who passed away in 2013.Then she married Robert Wilson. Then, when I saw her in 1997 she was married to Donald Tate.Donald and my mother were both in the army.I am a only child,and I just want to know where my mom is.I am 53 years old. Please somebody help me..

  • MATTHEW L SIKES


    July 31, 2019

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF MY TEST RESULTS COULD MATCH UP WITH MY BIRTH PARENTS OR OTHER FAMILY MEMEBERS THAT I MIGHT HAVE HERE IN THE U S A…

  • Gael Tsombanakis Gill


    August 1, 2019

    Good Day My father had a history of getting married and having a child or in some cases children then a leaving when the children were very young. I have managed to find out he was with several ladies three of which he left with a broken heart. I have manged to find three of his bio logical children. There is a very big gap in the middle. I just can’t seem to find.
    I have been very fortunate to have had some help form Roi Mandell from My Heritage who gave me access to your site. I am a pensioner and can’t afford your rates I will be always very great full for the kindness sown form your site.I have shed may tears about my past.
    But am very great full to have found three sisters, one how I have not yet have the privilege of meeting but speak to on the phone. I pray one day we will meet..I would be so Blessed should I receive one of your DNA Health +Ancestry Test Maybe I can complete what I am looking for
    I have looked for records for my dad and there is no record of him passing on.he would be 91 years old.
    I have a brother which I can’t find.

  • Michele Christopher


    August 1, 2019

    Whyyyy didn’t I know about this adoptees quest thing?? I’m so devastated I didn’t get to be apart of this quest. I’d give anything in the whole world to find where I came from. But I’m sooo HAPPY for those that were selected! Good luck to each and every one of you. May you all finally find your answers you’ve wondered about for your whole life

    • Esther


      August 8, 2019

      Hi Michele, Feel free to sign up to our waiting list.
      Best of luck! Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Bobby D. Young


    August 1, 2019

    My mother was adopted. My mother and our family have long awaited a means to connect with her biological family. Unfortunately the agency in Texas, Edna Gladdis Home has not and has no intention of ever opening their files to the families. I’m hoping my DNA kit will give me guidance in discovering my biological heritage.

  • John Diitto


    August 2, 2019

    Its also bad for many people when they find out their Dad is not really their Dad. Then they have to start researching to find their true Dad. And may never know.

  • Margie Torbron


    August 2, 2019

    I want to find to want to know what my heritage as I and children where our family are and what actual where from.

  • LAURIE V (ANDREA BITTINGER)


    August 2, 2019

    I am adopted & it has been my LIEFLONG DREAM to find my biological family. (Ive tried different avenues over the yrs w/no success) I know my biological mother was born in Germany & my biological father born in Poland. They met in the USA. I don’t have a name for him, but I KNOW he had at least 2 other children, whom I Love to connect with & any other family members! Ive been able to connect w/a few, but they’re 3+generations & we can’t fig out whether its maternal or paternal. I was in an orphanage almost my 1st yr of life, was born w/a RARE heart condition.
    I am VERY excited you’ve extended the Pro bono kits, it warms my heart! THANK YOU, Id be SO happy to get one! I’ll try the site that is recommended. ANY help is GREATLY appreciated Again, THANK YOU!

  • Rebecca sue Lane


    August 2, 2019

    I don’t have a clue who my father is, there are no clue is my mothers past that tells anything. Is is possible to find my father? Rebecca Sue Lane

  • Vanessa Parbhu


    August 3, 2019

    Please can I try free test

    • Esther


      August 7, 2019

      Hi Vanessa,

      This phase of DNA Quest has ended, but please feel free to add yourself to our waiting list at http://www.dnaquest.org.

      Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Elizabeth Gore


    August 3, 2019

    I am Elizabeth Gore from Australia. Through the DNA test I did with you a year ago I have found three half-sisters and a half-brother who share the same birth father (all from the USA). I have also found an uncle, aunty and numerous cousins in Australia from my birth-mother’s family.
    My husband, John, and I have visited them all. Wonderful experiences – thank you.
    John, also adopted, has not found any close relatives yet.

  • Ashley Bowers


    August 4, 2019

    My mom gave up my brother for adoption and I gave her my extra DNA test to hopefully help her. How do I sign up?

    • Esther


      August 7, 2019

      Hi Ashley,

      Visit http://www.dnaquest.org to add your name to our waiting list.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Larry R Roberts


    August 4, 2019

    Trying to find my birth father and family. I was told he was a Helton.

  • Samuel Ellis


    August 5, 2019

    I would like to take part in this DNA project fir free.

  • Frank Slater


    August 5, 2019

    I would be interested to learn about my family history

  • John Rochford


    August 5, 2019

    I don’t know if I am adopted or not. I want to find out. My father is deceased and mother is 80 with a not so good memory. Can you help me ?

  • Marvin BURT


    August 7, 2019

    Trying to see how much Native American blood I have, my great grandmother was full blooded Cherokee In

  • Marvin BURT


    August 7, 2019

    My great grandmother was full blooded Native American.

  • Minnie Bosela


    August 7, 2019

    I do not know who my real father is. I do know it is not the name on my birt birth certificate.

  • Troyette Howard


    August 7, 2019

    My sister katherine wacaster has never known her father or mother katherine Howard passed away in 1983 I was 5 she was 11 our house burned to the ground and we got separated I went with my mom and my mom took her to her step father house for to visit and me I stayed with my mom we lived in a apt.she was really sick she took a nap and I was watching tv and she feel off the bed and could not breath I hid in the closet and neve saw her again all I want for my sister is to know who she is and where she came from please help me thanks to DNA Quest My Heritage

  • Leigh Grandfield


    August 8, 2019

    How can I tain a DR A kot

    • Esther


      August 18, 2019

      Hi Leigh,

      Feel free to sign up for our waiting list.

      Best,
      Esther

  • Rhona Shavelson Cappel


    August 11, 2019

    I am adopted and would like the free DNA test.

    • Esther


      August 18, 2019

      Hi Rhona,

      Please sign up for our waiting list at http://www.dnaquest.org.

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Jacqui Gamertsfelder


    August 15, 2019

    I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to have had my mother take part in the DNA quest. The results came back this week and sadly, I’m in the majority of the possibility of there not being many of this family having also had their DNA test done to help me find any matches. I did find a first cousin 2x removed, but with only 45 people on an incomplete tree, I don’t hold out much hope for her to get my message and reply.

    My mothers mother was abandoned around the age of 3 around 1908, we know she spoke English, but we’ve no idea if she had an accent. She was able to tell the people who found her her name… but from the mouth of babes, the surname was written as Cowen. I’ve tried and failed on other variations, Cowin, Cowan, Koen, Cohan.. We know she was abandoned in Bootle, Liverpool, but we don’t have an idea as to where she was actually born with Liverpool being a busy shipping dock, the list is endless.

    I believe she was wanted, but can only assume the worse with countless reasons to why she was given up at the age of 3 in 1908.

    I’m left with more questions if anything, I didn’t come up with any matches regarding the surname she gave, my mothers ethicality came back at 37% North and West European, I had a few trees popped up with Denmark, or Netherlands, (knowing that my mothers paternal side lived in a 10 mile radius for the past 400 years in England) I take it as being my mothers maternal side, but I have no facts only a mind full of speculations.. more speculations now after the results, where I go from here, I have no idea. but I’m not ready to admit to defeat.

    Thank you again for this opportunity, it has brought new light on some things, given me new directions to try that I wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for the DNA quest.

  • Tony Citrini


    August 17, 2019

    My name is Tony Citrini and I live in Italy. I saw some of your videos on you-tube and thanks again for the passion you put in what you do. My mother is from west Africa and my Father was an American sailor that worked on an American Vessel call the SS African Sun that then belonged to a Company call the Farrell Line with branch in New York. I just order a DNA test kit from the web site of Ancestry.com. As soon as I get the results, I will like to proceed my case with the DNA results to a someone in the USA that can help me trace my Biological Father.
    Can you please advise me? Thanks again and hope to hear from you. Tony

    • Esther


      August 18, 2019

      Hi Tony,

      Once you receive your results, we suggest that you upload them to MyHeritage. For more information, please see here: https://www.myheritage.com/dna/upload.

      Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Patsy Dow


    September 5, 2019

    I would love to know if I have other brothers or sisters out there. I have one full sister and one half sister. My dad slept around. Would be interestingly to see if there are more of us.

  • Nancy Vise Walsh


    October 24, 2019

    My mother was adopted around July 11, 1934 in Chester County, PA. But on her birth certificate has her adoptive parents in the mother’s and father’s lines on the certificate. She always wanted to just find out where she came from. She passed on October 29, 1997 at age 63 of renal failure. Both of her adoptive parents are passed without letting her know anything about her birth. I asked my (adoptive grandmother) questions but all she told me was after my mother’s was adopted, they stayed in Philadelphia PA for about 1-2 years after her adoption. Before coming to Spartanburg, SC to live.
    I found adoption papers when I was 11-12 years old. The names were blacked out so much you couldn’t read them at all & believe me I tried. Now even those papers have disappeared or lost. No hope.
    Me, both my brothers, and my daughter have done DNA tests or downloaded raw data from both Ancestry and myHeritage and uploaded on MyFamily etc but nothing on my mother’s side. I know my father’s side back 7 generations because most of them were local.