Tag: DNA Relatives

Reinventing The Way We See Family

I love family. Modern families. Blended families. Adopted families. And, DNA families. Over the last ten years, I’ve seen the ancestry part of our genetic service change lives. Every day I watch people connect with their DNA family, and see how the concept of family can evolve into something greater — ...

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Drama in the Family

After she retired from teaching theater at a Florida college, Julia Gagne’s life took on its own unexpected dramatic arc. Although she’d been adopted at birth more than 65 years ago, Julia hadn’t spent much time searching for her biological family. When she tested with 23andMe a few years ago, it was more ...

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Our Three Fathers

As a wedding planner, Wendy Wojcik pays close attention to even the smallest of details, yet in her own life she always ignored one big one — the identity of her biological father. That all changed recently. Upon reaching her 50th birthday and mourning the loss of her mother, Wendy realized she wanted to ...

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Bridging Family’s Racial Divide

Maria felt conflicted. Here she was celebrating her parents’ 63rd wedding anniversary, and the last thing she wanted to do was upset her elderly mother. But on the flipside she had to ask her. Maria now knew her mother’s secret, a secret that brought up many questions, serious questions. Maria wanted to ...

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A Lucky Man

By Jonathan Fischer My name is Jonathan Fischer. I was adopted shortly after birth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Not knowing more than where I was born, I always wondered about my origins and who my parents were. But I was also afraid about what I might find out, so for years I did nothing. Then not too long ...

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Mother’s Day Delayed

Sandi had 50 years to prepare for this moment, but as she walked off a plane in Sacramento she felt the anxiety and doubt well-up inside. “It was like the night before you get married and you get cold feet or jitters,” said the 50 year-old mother from New Hampshire. “You just know that in a moment your ...

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A Need To Know

On Mother’s Day last year, Robin Butler’s children gave her 23andMe as a gift, not knowing that it would change all their lives. “I thought it would be fun to learn about my genome,” Robin said. But testing ultimately revealed something no one knew — the man she thought was her biological father, ...

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Deep Healing

An accomplished scientist and businessman, Stephen Levine has spent his whole life searching. That restlessness is driven by a quest that is both emotional and intellectual, a desire to learn more about the world around him and himself. It was also driven by what he calls a deep emotional trauma. But that ...

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Ending a Legacy of Hate

Listening to Wendy Spencer’s decades-long search for her biological father, the improbability of finding him, and then her shock after learning about the legacy of hatred he inherited from his own father, one would forgive Wendy if she decided to forget she ever found him. But Wendy thought that ...

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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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