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InarticulateBabbler
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Some of you may know that I have a brother and two sister I've never met. For the better part of thirty years, I've been searching for them. My father had a wife before my mother and those children knew me, as a babe, but we moved away not long ofter my father died.

I went on Ancestry.com looking for them. Now, I had tried other means over the years, even went so far as to be trained as a private investigator, and fond nothing. Ancestry.com had a possible, which got me excited and nervous, but i figured I had to give it a shot. There was a 14 day free trial, and I used it. Before the time was up, but when it was close, I closed my account, and another avenue. I just couldn't afford the bill.

Three nights ago, I got a reply from Ancestor.com, and it was my oldest sister! She was very excited. Apparently, they'd been searching for me for the last thirty five years, but only in the wrong state!

In the last two days, I've went from only child to having two sisters and a brother. They have facebook, so we've been talking. I've exchanged a few emails with my brother, and have been learning gobs of information from my sisters. It feels so odd to call anyone my sisters. Whole lifetimes have passed since we've seen each other last, and I'm learning about my father--whose image I have never beheld--and who he was. He was a writer, too! He was published in Boy's Life and one of his stories were stolen by one of his brothers and Rod Sterling bought it for an episode of [i]The Twilight Zone{/i].

Now, I have to hunt back issues of Boy's Life.


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Wow, neat. Great for you... sounds exciting in a good way.

And there could be a nonfiction story or two in there for you, if you wanted to share your experiences.


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Impressive...all the relations I've run across on Ancestry-dot-com were ones I knew pretty well, or distant cousins I'm aware of but never met.

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He was published in Boy's Life and one of his stories were stolen by one of his brothers and Rod Sterling bought it for an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Sounds like a story in itself, over and above what you get out of finding your family...


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How wonderful that you've connected with the family you never knew!

In some ways I can relate. My family is spread all over the place, and I bet there's lots of my relatives I've never met... or may not know even exist. Mainly cousins, neices, and nephews. My mom and dad divorced when I was three or four years old and then re-married. Also, my dad's father died before he was born, and my dad spent a better part of his life locating his father's grave, which he did ten or twenty years ago.

So very happy for you, Rich. Here's to a wonderful relationship with your newly found family.


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I think that's amazing! I'm happy for you, Rich.
~Sheena

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Mazel tov!
How wonderful.
G-d bless you all.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob


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InarticulateBabbler
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Thanks all. Dr. Bob, the words God Bless don't offend me. On the contrary.
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Thats great IB!!!
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That's great news.
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