Our History

In 2012, a group of knowledgeable genealogists, citizen scientists, geneticists and IT professionals knew that advances in DNA technology may be able to help those who were seeking unknown family members. DNAGedcom.com was started under the direction of Rob Warthen as a result. In 2013, DNAAdoption.com was created as a part of DNAGedcom focusing on support for searchers. In 2015 DNAAdoption and DNAGedcom became separate entities in order to provide more concentrated services with DNAAdoption focusing on methods and techniques and search support while DNAGedcom focused on tools.


Co-Founders Emeritus

Rob Warthen – Co-Founder

Rob is the owner of and inspiration behind the tools at DNAGedcom/Genetic Families and a co-founder of DNAAdoption. Rob is an experienced search angel and still advocates for and supports DNAAdoption. He generously donates DNAGedcom accounts to classes and provides tech support to our websites. Read about his Journey.


Karin Corbeil – Co-Founder, Co-Inventor of The Methodology, Director Emerita

Karin, an adoptee, served on the board of DNAAdoption and for over 5 years.  Karin was and still is considered the heart and soul of the organization. She helped Diane and Gaye develop The Methodology. She still works with Rob as a collaborator and manager of support for DNAGedcom.com.


Diane Harman-Hoog – Co-Founder, Co-Inventor of The Methodology, Director Emerita

Diane conceived the of The Methodology and worked with Gaye and Karin to develop it. She was a co-founder of DNAAdoption and a partner with DNAGedcom.com.


Gaye Tannenbaum – Co-inventor of The Methodology, former Team Member

Gaye, an adoptee, provided key concepts for developing The Methodology then worked with Diane and Karin to develop it. Gaye is a search angel and adoptee rights advocate who supported DNAAdoption during its formative years.


Emeritus Team Members

CeCe Moore – former Team Member

CeCe is a professional genetic genealogist. She provided initial public relations support for DNAAdoption.


Richard Slaughter – Director Emeritus

Richard is an adoptee who supported DNAAdoption during its formative years.


Margaret Kuni – former Team Member

Margaret is a highly respected Traditional Search Angel. She supported DNAAdoption during its formative years.


Mesa Foard – former Team Member

Mesa is an adoptee and an adoptee rights advocate. She supported DNAAdoption during its formative years and help document the first update to The Methodology.


Jon Masterson – Director Emeritus

Jon is an adoptee and the first Board member from outside the US. He learned and used The Methodology to find his family. Jon developed that the first tool that automated providing relationship predictions based on the amount of shared DNA.


Jim O’Neil – former Team Member

Jim is an adoptee who found his birth family using The Methodology. He provided instrumental web admin support for DNAAdoption’s website overhaul.