Tag: Finding Family

Mending a Broken Heart

When he was 21, Gary Skillings tried to contact his mother through a nun at the Catholic orphanage from which he was adopted in the 1950s, but she didn’t want to see him. “That was kind of a heartbreaker,” Skilling told the Sun Journal newspaper in Maine. “But I honored her wish.” Although he longed ...

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How I Met My Father

For decades, the mystery of his birth felt paralyzing to Jonathan Hay, a well-known hip-hop producer and Santa Monica-based PR maven. That all changed late last year after connecting for the first time with his biological parents, in part because of testing with 23andMe. His story was recently featured ...

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Goodnight Son

It was a cordial conversation, but as the phone call came to an end Mike Reed wasn’t sure how to sign off and then the man on the other end of the line did it for him. “’Goodnight son,’” the man said. “I was just floored,” said Mike. The man on the other end of the phone was Dennis Fay, Mike’s ...

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Not Everyone is Expected to Stay

A few weeks ago Vox did a piece about a 23andMe customer, who at 50 found his biological sister and his mother using the service. He’d been adopted. His sister never knew her mother had had a son that she put up for adoption. Their initial meeting was joyous, which we wrote about, but in the ensuing years ...

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Sharing Her Story

Jayne Berry’s adoptive parents let her know she was special. As a child, her parents told her: “Most children are just given to their parents, but you were chosen to be our daughter.” Jayne felt lucky to have the parents she had, but because she never wanted to hurt them, she waited to ask more about ...

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It’s a Girl

When Kelli read the message, she froze thinking that her next move would likely change her life forever. It was a note from a fellow 23andMe customer, who’d been identified as a second cousin. She had sent Kelli a message asking to share family information. The cousin — who Kelli never knew before — ...

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An Extraordinary Turn

Jeremy Kuykendall grew up in Texas, went to college there and settled down. He has a good job, is happily married and has two daughters. His life is pretty normal. “I’m just a middle class family man,” said the 38 year-old IT worker. But the regular trajectory of Jeremy’s life took an extraordinary turn ...

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Who Would Believe It?

If he hadn't known his story was true, Phil Silvers said even he would have been skeptical. “Who would believe it?” said Phil, a 72 year-old retired middle school social studies teacher in New York City. “If they put something like this in a television show no one would think something like this ...

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A Siblings Story From 23andMe

Anyone with a brother or sister doesn’t need a national holiday to remind them how special bonds between siblings can be, but in recognition of National Sibling Day we bring you another in a long list of stories of siblings who found each other through 23andMe. Tricia had a few details, but never enough to ...

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23andMe Helps Brother And Sister Connect

Leslie grew up with a family secret — somewhere out there she had a big brother named Michael, her father’s illegitimate son from before he married her mother. As a child, Leslie made this mysterious brother her imaginary friend. And as she grew older, she became determined that one day, she would find ...

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