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  • Found Birth Mother on ftDNA!!!

    I FOUND my Birth Mother on FamilyTreeDNA.com (Friday, 26 Jul 13)!!! This is soooo crazy! My emotions are running HIGH right now! For 46 years I've felt the same void that most Adoptees feel by not knowing who they are or where they came from. I've always thought that it would be easy to find my mother if I should ever look for her because of the circumstances that surrounded the adoption, but I never really took the initiative to find her. I guess my own life trials and tribulations took precedence. It was only six weeks ago that I decided to start the quest for my identity using DNA testing via 23andMe.com. To gauge my expectations, I focused primarily on discovering the makeup of my Ancestry; any additional discovery would be a nice bonus i.e. finding family members that might lead me to my biological parents. After connecting with a couple of distant cousins on 23andMe, I decided to upload my 23andMe raw DNA data to ftDNA.com. After one week, I received an email notification that stated I had family matches waiting for review. I immediately logged on ftDNA.com to check out what I thought would be more cousins, but to my surprise I had a "Parent/Child" match. After performing a quick search on the email that was included in her profile, I suspected that the match was MY MOTHER! I found her telephone number online and immediately contacted her. She was very excited and pleased that I had finally tracked her down. We connected with each other instantly. Amazingly, this was all done online within a 6-week time period. I realize this type of discovery is an exception to the rule, but NEVER say NEVER, and don't ever give up on your quest! (Sorry for the long post, but as you can imagine, the excitement is overwhelming. I actually left a great deal of information out to keep the post as short as possible).

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    Wow, that's incredible! Congratulations to you!

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    • #3
      Congratulations! I am very happy for you.

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      • #4
        B5551, Congratulations to you and your birth mom! What an amazing story. You guys might be interested in this. http://forums.familytreedna.com/showthread.php?t=31797

        I would love to hear more of your story. It is an inspiration for others.
        Last edited by Táltos; 29th July 2013, 10:12 PM.

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        • #5
          Amazing. So pleaseed for you.

          Earl.

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          • #6
            Wonderful! Congratulations to you both.

            (Does the disposition to DNA test run in families?)
            (An example of the importance cross-posting data!)

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            • #7
              Fantastic! May this be the beginning of many happy years together.

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              • #8
                Congrats!!!

                Excellent, I am happy for you finding family.

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                • #9
                  Awesome!!!! Congrats!!!

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                  • #10
                    That's brilliant! Congratulations!

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                    • #11
                      Wonderful outcome, not only because the mystery has been solved but also because your birth mother is happy to find you, too.

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                      • #12
                        That is amazing!

                        I have to say this is a great example why adoptees should test everyone possible b/c you just never know where you might luck out!

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                        • #13
                          Fabulous news! I love stories like this!

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                          • #14
                            I am SO happy for both of you!!!! Thank you for sharing the story!!! There was no need to shorten your post. This is the ultimate discovery and ultimate kind of story to tell. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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                            • #15
                              Super!

                              I have a friend who is an adoptee. I've tried to talk him into dna testing, but, unlike you, he does not want to know anything about his birth parents. I don't understand that, but I have to respect his wishes. He seems to have his reasons, though he hasn't confided them to me.

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