My father, who is now 82 years old, has never known who his father was. The secret died with his Mother. I so want to help him in this search. He doesn’t expect or want anything from the man’s family, he just wants to know who the man was.Nancy,
Both my father and I did a 23 and me test. The results seem overwhelming. I’ve made contact with a few distant cousins, but have found no answers yet. Can you advise me as to what to do?
I hope you do find your paternal grandfather, but the task will not be easy. It's good that you took DNA tests and all I can tell you is that with any luck you may eventually find a close match to your father. However note that I said "may eventually". It could take days, weeks, months, or even years. You may not find one. So my advice is keep checking your matches, and contact every match that is fairly close.
Meantime, make notes of every detail of your grandmother's life around the time she would have been pregnant with your father. Whoever the father is, he had to have some contact with your grandmother, so would have been somewhere in the area. These are a few of the questions I would want to find the answers to if possible:
- What churches did she attend?
- Where did she work?
- Was she still in school?
- Who were her teachers and classmates?
- Where did she live and what social functions were available to her?
- Who were her neighbours?
Other ideas are for you to trace your mother's siblings down to someone you can ask about this. You never know what tidbit of gossip comes down in a side branch of a family. A sibling (a sister perhaps) might have known who the father was and might have whispered it to her daughter....
We had such a rumour come down in my husband's family over the paternity of his grandfather. And that whispered rumour told behind closed doors was overheard by my husband when he was a young teen. He never forgot it. And it turned out to be true. We proved it through DNA.
Meantime, please take a look at how we discovered my husband's biological great-grandfather through DNA testing, in my article DNA Results Leave us Gob-Smacked!
Good luck in your quest!