A Babb by Any Other Name
I’ve mentioned that I’ve been working with a number of adoptees to help them locate their birth families. I have had success in identifying the family of one such member and wanted to share the news. Being able to break through the cloud of secrecy surrounding adoption is a major stumbling block to genealogical research. But using the power of DNA testing we are now able to see relationships in an unfiltered way. Such is the case here.
The adoptee gave me the date and place of his birth and I was able to cross reference the information with the Master Babb list. Finding only a single family in this location at that time, made the answer very obvious. His DNA already said he was a Babb, so it was just a matter of finding someone from that branch of the tree to conduct their own test and compare the results. On Christmas Eve the DNA results came in and gave us an early Christmas gift of a positive match. So, we are now able to see exactly where in the tree he belongs without the need to unseal the adoption records (which at times don’t have the information you are seeking anyway.
To protect the parties right to privacy, I won’t be disclosing the names, but I was super excited to have this difficult work come to fruition. I’ve got several more adoptees that I’m working with that aren’t as straight forward as this one so this gives me hope of succeeding with them too.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!