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DNA Ancestry – Canada’s Stolen Children


All of us have DNA ancestry – our genetics bind us to our immediate relatives, our parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. But for the majority of us, we have no need of confirming our DNA ancestry through DNA tests because we grew up surrounded by family and a sense of roots. Even those who didn’t know their grandparents or great grandparents can find out, without too much digging, more about who they were and where they came from. Taking a DNA ancestry test can then offer an even wider picture of where your family migrated from around the world, offering an insight into the percentage of African blood, Asian genes or European DNA in your genetic make-up.

DNA Ancestry: Stolen Children

But if you’re one of the people who were adopted or abandoned, it can take a lot more research and hard work. For those ‘stolen children’ of Canada, it can be traumatic trying to affirm their true identity. In the late 1800s, the British child emigration scheme to Canada resulted in 100,000 orphans being sent to Canada. DNA ancestry tests may be able to tell them their overall geographical identity, but to trace immediate family involves a lot of hard work. It’s been said many of these children spent their lives trying to find siblings and identify parents – most were unsuccessful. With today’s advances in DNA profiling, DNA testing and DNA ancestry, it could have been a much happier result.

DNA  Ancestry: No Identity

Some of the children, who were sold as farm laborers or as domestic servants, ran away to America, dispersing their identity even further. Those children didn’t have access to DNA ancestry, DNA tests or Internet databases. Most grew up with no birth certificate and no clue to their identity apart from being told they were British. Not only that, they were sent to work with no medical care, education or protection by law as well as the feeling of nobody caring about their existence.

DNA Tests Help Descendants

DNA ancestry can help many people put the missing jigsaw puzzles together. But for that lost generation of children in Canada, they had to create their own identities from scratch, devoid of love or support. They couldn’t define themselves by a name, by their brothers, sisters or parents, or even by their birth date. Some children were told the names of their parents but had no way of proving the truth as we would with a DNA ancestry test today, leaving them with a precarious grasp on their identity. Our identity is crucial to our sense of worth, helping us find a place to fit in the world and feel loved or involved. The resourceful British Home Children forged their own lives and identities, but many struggled for the rest of their lives with the trauma.  Today, extensive research and DNA tests are helping descendants of the British Home Children discover their DNA ancestry.

Speak To International Biosciences About A DNA Ancestry Test

International Biosciences offer a broad range of DNA Ancestry Test services designed to provide indisputable answers to emotional questions. Whether you seek to establish paternity, prove siblingship or research genealogy, for legal definition or peace of mind, we are able to provide the appropriate DNA test at competitive rates, professionally and confidentially. Using state of the art technology we are able to provide conclusive evidence on time, every time. Contact International Biosciences on 1-800-969-5186 or click here to email us.

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