Hi. I am John F. Suggs and my expertise is in genetic analysis, forensic research and investigation in the field of genetic genealogy where I assist “persons of unknown parentage” such as: adult adoptees, sperm and egg donor’s adult children and others searching for their biological roots. In addition, using the same investigative methods, I have recently expanded my services to include assisting members of Law Enforcement in the solving of criminal cold cases.
DNA Testing and Analysis is an exciting and rapidly evolving field.
Back in the Spring of 2002 when I submitted my New York University Masters Thesis entitled: “Genetic Testing and Privacy: The Role of Anonymous Genetic Testing and Information Technology”, I wish I could say that, in it, I successfully predicted the utter transformation DNA Testing would shortly have on so many aspects of our society. But I didn’t.
Since the first groundbreaking commercial autosomal DNA testing for genealogy was introduced by 23andMe in 2009, the dramatic growth and explosion in this field has been nothing short of astounding. At this point, we are able to reach back 7 generations on both parental lines. The results are connecting us with literally hundreds of hundreds of millions of people long passed and are proving critical in solving even some of the most difficult cases.
In 2018 another major tectonic shift happened. That spring it was revealed that, for the very first time, law enforcement had successfully used these same unknown parentage search techniques along with the public DNA database GEDmatch to identify and arrest the (alleged) Golden State Killer. In the ensuing months and years, more and more cold cases have been successfully solved the same way.
I believe that this moment in time is going to be recognized to be just as significant in the field of law enforcement as the original establishment of two way communication systems in police vehicles. Remember before the “squad car radio”, police had to “report in” using Police Call Boxes on the streets.
Going forward, it is now going to become virtually common practice for law enforcement organizations to use the very skills and techniques that our field has painstakingly developed and mastered in our searches for birth families of adult adoptee and other persons of unknown parentage to solve not only criminal cold cases but “real time” cases.
Over it the years, adult adoptees and their searchers had no choice but to develop these critical skills and techniques precisely because their adoption files and original birth certificates have historically been sealed by the courts. And now, it is that very same legal system, which for decades has routinely denied them their original identity and birth records, that is now turning to our fields unknown parentage methods and tools to solve both long standing cold cases and “real time” cases.
These cutting edge issues of DNA analysis are transforming not only law enforcement and the adoption world but our entire society. Remember: DNA Doesn’t Lie.
Finding my biological father was like going Home even at 74 years old. I am so grateful, John, for your expertise, relentlessness, intuitive wisdom, and kindness. You watered my soul-life; confused, you shone light on my deep personality, tendencies, strengths, challenges, my own genes. Blessings, best wishes, abrazos, Morgan
Some responses received:
I am very, very happy for you.
Oh wow! Morgan, that is such wonderful news. I know it’s been a very long and difficult search for you and I’m so happy to hear you were able to find your biological father. I’m sure you are overwhelmed with a mix of emotions. I hope this will bring you some peace and joy in learning more about your father. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. We cherish this moment with you and can’t wait to hear about it some more in person! Sending you lots of love ❤️
Morgan. I bet he was compassionate good-natured and a very good basketball player!
This is wonderful news. You finally have closure.
M, Such a nice news when i wake up this morning. I feel so happy for YOU !
My children are also so pleased for you !
CONGRATULATIONS tout John !
I do imagine how happy you must feel, its incredible. Thanks to God !
Thank you to share with us this so important moment of your life; we are very happy to learn that you founded an answer to your quest.
We can easily imagine the happiness in all your family after that, what a day.
Give our best regards and congratulation to John for this beautiful happy ending.