Monday, August 7, 2017

Finding Family by Richard Hill

In the days before the computer and the DNA testing the person seeking their birth parent was at a loss to finding their linage.

Some families kept the truth of adoption hushed up. It was so for Richard who was born in 1946 and until a physical before going away to college in 1964 had no idea he was adopted.  A slip by a doctor opened the door.

It wasn’t spoken of in the group he grew up in. His features were close to the people who raised him. He was never needing to know his past for the present circumstances.

But when he got married and had two children it became important.

He searched for records that were no longer there. He met many dead ends. It wasn’t easy. I guess the search for the truth of adoption isn’t an easy one. At least for Hill it wasn’t.

DNA, when he used it, was useful. It helped weed out the possibilities.

It leaves the question: is it worth it to seek an answer? If you don’t need it for medical proposes or genetic markers, is it worth it financially and psychologically? It cost Hill a lot of money to pursue. And by the time he started the search most of the records and the markers were slowly disappearing if not completely gone.   

The story is told layer by layer and only if you are interested in the subject of genealogy will you find it interesting. It is heavier than it should be which may be because Hill seems to have self-published this book, I suspect.

The push he gives at the finish to view his seems to be, I suspect, his purpose for writing this account.

This book is copyrighted in 2012. The website is still up. You can buy the book through that site.