“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness. ”
― Alex Haley

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ConnectingKin is a Genetic Genealogy Research Service that uses DNA test results to help Adoptees and persons of unknown parentage make connections to kin. All ConnectingKin work is done in accordance with the Association of Professional Genealogists Code of Ethics and the Genetic Genealogy Standards.

About LeeAnn, owner of ConnectingKin

With over 30 years of research experience, the transition to genetic genealogy was a natural one for LeeAnn. She started by DNA testing family members and herself, and her need to understand how to work with the results fueled her desire to learn as much as she could. She has furthered her education in this fast changing field by attending DNA courses taught at institutes and online. In 2016 she completed the home study course: American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics, given by the National Genealogical Society, and also attended the Advanced DNA course taught at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh. In 2017 she completed a DNA course given at the website DNAAdoption.com. In 2018 she completed the Advanced DNA course taught by CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, The National Genealogical Society, and her local Genealogical Society, where she has started a DNA Study Group that meets once a month.

LeeAnn feels strongly that everyone has the right to seek and discover the ancestors that came before them, and takes pride in the fact that she has helped many adoptees and persons with unknown parentage find biological family and uncover their stories with DNA testing. She looks forward to working with you to help you tell your story. ConnectingKin specializes in using DNA testing for unknown parentage cases and can:

  • Determine which DNA test is right for you

  • Understand your DNA results from Ancestry.com, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage

  • Work with Third Party Tools

  • Break down brick walls in your genealogy research by developing a DNA testing plan