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Friends could be family. Family could be unrelated. What people are finding out from DNA sites

When she was an infant, Karen Heiting was abandoned on a doorstep of a church in downtown Chicago.

She wasn't born in a hospital, and she had no identifying information. She was "Jane Doe."

"There was no information whatsoever about my heritage," said Heiting, who was adopted when she was 7 months old and is now a 57-year-old executive assistant living in a Chicago suburb. "I never thought I'd find any relatives."

Just until a few years ago, many family trees were created by interviewing older relatives, an option not

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