I just feel excluded . . . a large portion of adoptees (and others, I’m sure) are excluded from this kind of research which changes one’s perception of “Who we think we are.” Many adoptees are not allowed to know their heritage. It’s all a big secret, and we’re just supposed to accept that.
Truth is, I have two heritages. I have the heritage of the family who has raised me–my family, which probably shows up in my values, my ways of life, some of my mannerisms, my loyalties, etc. And, I have the heritage of my birthfamily that is in my blood, body, face, hair, and more than I know.
So the adoptee can research the heritage of the adoptive family and feel somewhat removed from it . . . since the ancestry there really isn’t theirs.
And, then the adoptee–after digging to find scraps and trails of information to even locate his/her birthfamily’s heritage can research there too . . . and feel somewhat removed from it . .. since the ancestry there represents the one from which they were removed.
More . . .
It’s just mind boggling to me that while only ten states in our country allow adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates, our country’s viewers enjoy this show. Clearly, “Who do you think you are?” matters to many people; yet there is a group (a minority) of adopted people who are not allowed to “think about who they are” toooo much.