Proving Heirship: Father’s Name is Not on the Birth Record

Recently I was asked how we might resolve who had the right to receive for an Intestate matter. There are four children all having different mothers. Only one of the children has the father’s name on their birth record. This one is demanding the other half siblings prove they are in fact related. Before death, the father acknowledged each of these children as his own.

Q: How would it be best to try to resolve this as cheaply as possible?

A: DNA tests are cheap these days! For my genealogy clients who are adoptees, I recommend using FamilyTreeDNA. The specific test most taken is an Autosomal test. Very straight forward. The test costs $99 at that site. https://www.familytreedna.com/
There are of course other DNA sites, but this one is my preferred ‘go-to’ site.

If you want to learn more about DNA testing and how it might help to resolve your case you might read these sites:
ISOGG: http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Y_chromosome_DNA_test
FamilyTreeDNA FAQ page: https://www.familytreedna.com/why-ftdna.aspx
Your Genetic Genealogist (and a very good genetic genealogist to boot): http://www.yourgeneticgenealogist.com/

If you are an adoptee I would encourage you to do an autosomal test at the three big DNA sites.

FamilyTreeDNA: https://www.familytreedna.com/

Ancestry.com: https://www.ancestry.com/dna/

23andMe.com: https://www.23andme.com/

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