I don’t know what I will do with the information I have. Knowing isn’t the end it’s the beginning. I can begin separating the matches into to known groups. My paternal and maternal sides without guessing. I have a good 2nd cousin match on the maternal side. She has a great tree and they are from the area of Michigan that I am from.
I know from my non-identifying information that I requested some basics about my first mother. Bless my obsession with Scooby Doo, I have gathered my clues gang! I am not falling into this blind though. I have excellent guidance. There are many support groups and organizations out there to help individuals in their search.
The one group that I have found solid advice is the DNA ADOPTION group. They have a forum based closed group on yahoo groups that offers solid experience based advice. The group is closed so you can ask questions in a format that isn’t out there for public view. Most likely someone there has been there, done that. There are literally thousands of success stories that have ties to this group. They offer classes for all levels, I am currently taking a Y-DNA class to find my husband’s paternal origin but that is another DNA story.
So, here I am with non-identifying information, which varies wildly among adoptees. Mine is pretty good. A friend of mine had his, it was basically, your birth mother was a woman and she placed you for adoption. Well, that was enlightening! Mine was carefully recorded I could see that someone cared, a social worker noted her neat appearance, her curly hair, her tall elegant posture. I had a picture in my mind of her, I knew her family knew about me. Whether that social worker knew it or not, they wrote me a love letter.
I have never seen or touch my first mother, but I’ve held her in my mind through that social workers words. I knew about her loves, her hair, her family’s high forehead-thanks for that by the way. She was always just beyond reach, somewhere in my DNA.