DNAFindingU is a team that has spent many years solving adoption and unknown parentage cases, as well as investigating genealogical brick walls. Many on our team were on the forefront of utilizing DNA to solve adoption and unknown parentage cases and thus bring to the team a variety of unique and diverse perspectives to unlock your mystery. Our goal is to provide the community with education and extensive research resources.


Allison Demski

I caught the "genealogy bug" in my early 20s when my father began researching our family history. I enjoyed the "thrill of the hunt" to find more records and more answers. Beginning in 2001, I volunteered on various groups to help adoptees find their birth parents using traditional search methods. It was in one of these groups where I found my first DNA mentor, our very own Christa Stalcup! We were on the forefront of utilizing DNA to help those of unknown parentage. As the databases grew and closer workable matches were coming in, I co-founded a DNA Search page. Since then, I have been part of a number of teams to help solve some of the most intricate cases, such as the Paul Fronczak case.  DNA opens so many doors to find the answers you long for and even some unexpected new family! 

Cheryl Hester

Genealogy has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My grandmother always filled me with family stories, names, and photos.   I have been researching my family genealogy for over 13 years and helping others find their ancestral roots since 2005.  Discovering my own family mystery that was uncovered and solved by DNA testing sparked an even greater passion for genetic genealogy beginning in the very early days of DNA testing. I have been working unknown parentage cases since 2012 by combining my genealogy skills with genetic testing to help reunite adoptees and those with unknown parentage.  I am a graduate of Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate program and a member of both the APG and NGS. 

Amanda Reno

The search for a missing piece of me began a few decades ago. My older sister was placed for adoption at birth. In middle school, I learned of her existence and so began many years of fruitless searching. Nearly two decades later, a series of serendipitous events unfolded that sparked a new energy in my search for her. I scoured the internet and came upon a search angel. Admittedly my letter to her was sent with hope, but a small dose of pessimism. The next morning I woke up to find a reply in my email and she had a name! The days that followed were a joyous blur, and within four days I was sitting holding the hand of my sister. The reunion she and I have shared with our families and friends brings a lot of inspiration to my work. My passion is in designing resources, providing educational opportunities, and offering expert support to those in search of their biological families.  

Christa Stalcup

Unlike most, genealogy was not something I dabbled in much as I had an unknown father and a mother who was half German so there was not much known family to research. I first tested in 2001, which was in the early years of autosomal DNA testing. Fast forward to 2011 when my husband and I decided to test at 23andMe for medical information as we hoped children would be in our future. Little did I know there was an unprecedented movement just beginning to break down recent or more distant brick walls using autosomal DNA testing. In my quest to solve my own case, it became my passion to utilize DNA to solve my own, as well as others' adoption and unknown parentage cases. Since 2013, I have volunteered on online adoptee search groups and was a co-founder of the DNA Detectives Facebook Page.


Collaborative Researchers

Angela Trammel is a Genetic Genealogist and Virginia Registered Private Investigator. She has been researching her own family genealogy with DNA testing for more than 10 years. Angela is an Independent Consultant for her father’s company, Kin Finder Group, LLC. In addition to her client work, she has been a guest presenter for several family reunion groups. Angela was featured as a Guest Researcher for Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Finding Your Roots (L.L. Cool J Episode).

 
 

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