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Viewers searching for answers with DNA kits

Posted at 6:56 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 20:57:00-05

Sue Amundsen and Clint Miller are both 47-years-old, living in southern Arizona, and were both adopted when they were newborns. 

"I was adopted at 28 days old. So I know I've always known I was adopted. I was always told I was special. So I was always proud of that," Miller told KGUN9.

Sue has always known she was adopted as well.

And like Clint, she was born in a state where adoption records are sealed. Neither know anything about their birth parents, their ancestors, or their origins. 

"Is this person passing me by related to me? It's a wondering thing. It nags at you, but you don't know what you're made up of," Amundsen told KGUN9. 

Now, both Sue and Clint are sharing their DNA journey for answers. Each of them agreed to our KGUN9 scientific quest. 

There are several national DNA test services. For both Sue and Clint, we are choosing to use 23andMe and Ancestry. 

KGUN9 purchased 2 DNA test kits from each company. 

In addition to helping find out who Clint and Sue are, we can also see if the two competing DNA websites show the same results. 

Sue was born in Alexandria, Virginia and now lives in Sierra Vista. She is a mother and grandmother and hopes to learn about her DNA makeup. 

"What I'm made of and what my children are made of. Their father's side I know, but I don't know what they have from me. I have no idea what that means," Amundsen said. 

With her saliva samples boxed up and ready to mail, Sue says she doesn't expect to use either DNA website to dig deeper and actually find family members. 

"'I'm a Mom and a grand mom, so it's kind of like it doesn't matter anymore. I've lived my life, and I've done it without knowing," Amundsen said. 

Clint was born in Oceanside, California, is married and a father of three, he lives near Vail. He does plan on taking these DNA tests a step further to potentially identify family members. 

"'I'd actually like to find out if I do have siblings, cousins, if I can find my father or mother, and say thank you. Thank you for life," Miller said. 

Clint is quick to point out that finding his birth mother or father will not change his feelings for his adoptive parents and adopted brother and sisters. 

"Your family is who you grew up with, regardless of your blood test," Miller said. 

For now, KGUN9 will continue to follow Clint and Sue's journeys and we will provide you on their test results in the coming months.