Category: Ancestry

Nobody Knew

Total strangers, John and Rhonda have one thing in common, the same father. The two made that discovery earlier this year after using 23andMe. “Nobody knew about John,” said Rhonda, a 55 year-old marketer in Buffalo New York. For John, recently retired and 67 who also lives in the Buffalo area, DNA ...

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Sisters Connecting After 50 Years

Abandoned as an infant in a Minneapolis laundry room almost 50 years ago, Liz Kellner used 23andMe to help her piece together the story of her birth. In the process, she was able to connect with a biological sister, Tammy, who like her had been abandoned as an infant; the sisters have pieced together their ...

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Eyes Wide Open

Brothers from different mothers, John and Brian came together because of 23andMe. For John, 68, finding a half-brother was the last thing he expected. “I was shocked,” he said. John used 23andMe because he’s interested in science. Since his days in high school biology class, John has always been ...

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Olympic Search

Fast and sure on the ice, Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was less sure about his ancestral background. Raised by a single father, who’d immigrated to the United States from Japan, Apolo didn’t know much about his mother’s side of the family. On a recent episode of the syndicated family history ...

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Breaking Through A Brick Wall

The memory is fleeting but Josh Schultz remembers speaking to his father once. It was a phone call, and Josh was just a boy. He can’t conjure up everything his dad said, or what his voice was like. He just knows they talked. “I do remember my father said he was mailing me a Christmas present,” Josh ...

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How Lucky I Am

Of course he knew he was adopted but that only made Tony Mercer wonder more about what made him so tall, and his thumbs so stubby, and where he got his passion for playing the piano. “My adoptive family was very caring and supportive as I was growing up, but I never felt completely …integrated,” said Tony, a ...

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Many adoptees talk about walking through a crowd, looking at the faces of strangers and wondering if they are brushing shoulders with one of their parents or a brother or sister. Carole Huber, an adoptee, was no different. That urge to learn more about her biological parents, about her story, never ...

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Who I Am

Not everyone who tries 23andMe has the same sort of reaction to his or her results as Barbara Weir. “It’s mind boggling,” said the 87 year-old who lives in San Diego. “Next to marrying my husband and having my children it’s the most exciting thing in my life. It explains so much about me — who and what I ...

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Meant to Be

Selma Spieler wished she knew more about her father. She knew he came from Russia, was generous — regularly bringing food to neighbors and sending money to a cousin in Israel who was studying to be a doctor. And she knew her father worked hard, toiling at night in a bagel factory in Brooklyn after he ...

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Family Mystery Solved with 23andMe

We’re returning one more time to the story of Jessica and Alice, and how they used 23andMe to unravel a century old mystery. We first wrote about the story back in February 2015 and again a few weeks later, and we aren’t the only ones fascinated by it. Scott Fisher, the host of the syndicated family ...

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