Who is eligible?
Application to this project is closed. You can join the waiting list to receive information about any future application periods. Application is relevant for adoptees seeking to find their biological family members and to parents and other family members looking for a child placed for adoption years ago. Preference will be given to people who cannot afford genetic testing. Leveraging the power of genetic genealogy opens new doors in the search for relatives, and we believe everyone should be able to access this valuable technology. Join the waiting list
Open now until March 27, 2023
By April 27, 2023
All DNA kits sent out
By April 28, 2023
June 2023 and onward
About DNA testing
Searching for long-lost relatives can be a challenge without a paper trail or any other informational clues. Luckily, inside the cells of our bodies is a map of our genetic history, called DNA. We each inherit 50% of our DNA from our mother and 50% from our father, which means that our biological parents’ genetic legacy is written into the cells of our body. By examining the DNA in genetic material from a cheek swab, we are able to compare one person’s DNA to that of everyone else who has taken the test. When two people’s DNA results show that they share DNA in common, we are able to calculate the likely relationship between them, such as cousins, siblings, or parent/child. When names, dates, and locations may be unavailable, DNA is often the best link between family members trying to find one another.
Already taken a
If you have already tested with another DNA service, you can upload your DNA data to MyHeritage for free to participate in this project. You will receive more matches and benefit others searching for their biological family.
MyHeritage is a global leader in family history and genetic genealogy. MyHeritage was founded in 2003 and offers a simple-to-use family tree platform, an expanding collection of billions of historical records, powerful matching technology, and a fast-growing, integrated DNA testing service. MyHeritage DNA is a powerful DNA test that reveals previously unknown relatives and ethnic origins. The MyHeritage DNA test is the #1 DNA test in Europe, and MyHeritage’s DNA database is one of the largest in the world. Trusted by millions of users worldwide, MyHeritage seeks to enable everyone to discover who they are and where they come from.
MyHeritage has reunited many adoptees with their biological families since launching its DNA testing service. Here are a few of MyHeritage’s recent success stories, including DNA Quest participants from the first phase of DNA Quest who have already reconnected with their biological families.
"This was news better than anything in my wildest dreams…"
Mitch, reunited with both biological parents
"We feel blessed. It has been amazing to find I had a brother."
Susan, found her brother living just miles away
“Sharing our families together, that’s the happy ending to the story.”
Half-brothers Paul and Richard, reunited after 51 years
"A river of tears of happiness cannot explain how I feel”
Mel, found his granddaughter and brother, living a few blocks away
“It just feels so good. Now I have a whole new family”
Kara, reunited with both of her biological parents
“I found my biological family… and a whole lot more!”
Full sisters, Ashleigh and Laurinda, found each other and their biological family
Other MyHeritage pro bono projects
MyHeritage has placed an emphasis over the years on doing good in the world. We love to have our employees initiate and participate in empowering projects that utilize our resources, tools and expertise to benefit humankind. Below are some of our pro bono projects.