The amazing stories of relatives’ reunion many years after aren’t a rarity nowadays. In 1949, Genevieve Purinton gave birth to a beautiful girl whom she had been waiting for a long time. However, the doctors soon reported about the baby’s death. At the same time, they never did show the child’s body, making Genevieve stay suspicious all these years.
Margaret Ann Mitch, Genevieve's daughter, was stolen for adoption and was soon renamed Connie Moultroup. The first 5 years of her life were quite happy, but the girl’s adoptive mother soon passed away. Her stepmother, Bonnie Chase, wasn’t very friendly with her. Moultroup had always been dreaming of meeting her own mother to save her, but she lived most of her life without knowing anything about her.
As a Christmas gift, Bonnie presented Connie with an AncestryDNA analysis kit, which ultimately helped the woman find her biological relatives. Their first meeting took place almost 70 years after at Haley Park Apartments nursing home in Tampa.
Ancestry offers everyone not only to create their own family tree but also to look for lost relatives based on an extensive database in North and South America, as well as some countries in Europe and Africa. It is a unique opportunity for people interested in their origin without any other possibility to find it out.
This is not the only reunion after so many years. According to Khon2, in 2017, brothers, who had been living close to each other for 60 years and were best friends, also received such a gift. Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane met at school. The age difference between them was only 15 months.
Macfarlane was brought up by a single mother, while Robinson grew up in a foster family. Over the years, both men had almost no relatives left. Alan turned to Ancestry, hoping to find his origin, and found a brother with the same X-chromosome. As it turned out, Walter tried to find his father using the same test.
It is probably important for most of us to know and understand who we really are. Similar reunion stories years after are significant not only for those with whom they happen but also for other people. They are inspired to search for the truth about their origin and are motivated not to give up their attempts.
What about you? How big is your family tree? Have you ever found a lost relative? Share your experience in the comments.