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Nature & Nurture: Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade - Digital Download

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Two sisters, one adopted and one not, discuss the underlying concepts of genealogy for adoptees and their families. Come learn the difference between nature and nurture genealogy. The adoptee's biological "nature" family history, enhanced by careful use of DNA testing, can fill in blanks where records can't and help adoptees better understand their biological origin. The adoptive family's history can help explain the formative "nurture" foundation of an adoptee's life and create connections with adoptive family members and the adoptive family narrative. Using best practices, family history can be a powerful tool in binding adoptive families and in helping adoptees learn about and make peace with their individual life story.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on November 18, 2016. 1 hour 24 minutes, plus 3 pages of handouts.

The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.

Viewers' comments:
  • A potentially sensitive topic handled very well!! Thank you!
  • Enjoyed the webinar on working with adopted family members.
  • Excellent topic - and one could tell by the chat log comments, others had many stories about adoptions. Very well handled by Janet and her sister Amy. Cheers! Another Fabulous Friday webinar.
  • Excellent webinar and the after party was very helpful. Thank you!
  • Found new information and action steps to be taken in my research. Thanks!
  • Glad to learn about subject
  • Good webinar! I have already done my adoption lines but this will help others especially if they aren't sure what to do after DNA testing and approaching family about it.
  • Great info--thanks for addressing this sensitive issue. Have passed up working on the adoptees in my family but now feel can tackle that area!!!
  • Great presentation! Thanks to all! :)
  • Great to hear from the sisters about both personal and universal questions/thoughts related to adoption. There are so many stories published about DNA helping people connect with biological family, or just being surprised by results. This webinar gives thoughtful suggestions on the ways people on both sides might react. Great advice from them: take some time to determine a course of action, and consider (and respect) how the news might affect others.
  • Great topic!
  • I called my daughter to register for this webinar as she is adopted and says we have been doing everything right :)
  • I definitely appreciated have the two sisters present 'both sides' of the topic from their own viewpoint. And it was good to hear the frequent 'cautions' to adoption research: sensitivity, respect, emotional, and especially 'be realistic'. Thank YOU Both.
  • I have 2 adopted children that are now adults. I would like to interest them in my family geneology. This was helpful.
  • I will recommend webinar to my son & daughter-in-law who have two wonderful twins. Great suggestions about this is where we met. They attend family activities at the adoption agency and it would be a great idea to go to the nursery and talk about the joy they brought when they met for the first time. They are too young to understand yet, but it would be great to start the memories with them.
  • Interesting
  • just wonderful Thanks!
  • liked the conversational style.
  • LOts of good ideas
  • Loved the "compare & contrast" aspects coming from the 2 sisters. Thanks to Janet & Amy for being willing to share their experience & for providing some basics from the research literature.
  • Nice emotional presentation on how to delicately and properly handle adoption situations.
  • Nice presentation style on a possibly sensitive topic.
  • The webinar brought the adoptions that have occurred in my family more into focus. Thank you for the enlightment.
  • Thought provoking.
  • Very good, thought-provoking webinar! Thanks so much! ---A mother of 2 very special adopted and wanted children.
  • Very helpful, especially the sensitive, preferred terminology.
About the authors:
Amy Slade MA, received her Masters degree in Folklore from George Mason University and has a Bachelors in Art Education from Brigham Young University. She collaborated with her sister Janet Hovorka on the Zap The Grandma Gap activity books for children ( She has traveled widely throughout five continents as a folk dancer and loves baking, cooking shows, her beautiful new baby and her husband Colin.

Janet Hovorka and her husband own Family ChartMasters, a genealogy chart printing service and official printing service for Legacy Charting. She is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of UGA and teaches genealogy and library science at SLCC.

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