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    #16
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    Bob.....
    I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing.

    It's wonderful to find family and now you have a sister that you didn't know you had, so that makes this that much more special.
    It's a wonderful story! I am thrilled that there's things such as DNA tests for people so they can finally be aware of family that they didn't know they had!
    Here's hoping this next chapter of your life continues to be wonderful.

    God Bless!

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      #17
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      WOW Bob, I can see why you have been away for a while. What a wonderful outcome for you and your sister. Enjoy your time together, life is too short.

      When I was doing our family tree, I found some skeletons in the closet and I had an aunt who refused to talk to me over 'something'. It made me sad but life goes on no matter what.

      Sorry for the loss of your brother.
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        #18
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        Welcome Back! I have wondered what ever happened to you!

        I have similar stories in my extended family, too. One is totally unbelievable how it all came to light - talk about a small world! Long story short, my cousin found out that her boyfriend (now DH)'s ex was actually her first cousin whose Mom had been given up for adoption by their Grandmother back in the day.

        On the other side, my sister was doing some genealogy research a few years back and discover that someone with our Great grandfathers same name - not a common one - and birthdate - was listed as the father of another family of 3 children - with similar names and ages - in NY. How could this be? He worked for the railroad, that's how! I am so glad this never came to light when my Mother and her brother were alive. They idolized the man and would have been crushed to find this out about their Grandfather that they adored so much. We decided to leave it in the past, but if they were to contact us, we would be open to them.
        Donna

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          #19
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          Originally posted by jjkaiser View Post
          What an amazing story Bob! I am sorry about your brother's passing but I am so glad that you could relocate to be close to your new sister. Life is sure strange sometimes isn't it. My 3 daughters are all adopted and we never kept any secrets from them about their history or background.
          Martha's adoptive parents kept no secrets either. She knew she was adopted all along. It's even interesting the story they told her about our parents is correct. Mom was a 15 year old and our father was older and a Marine and went back to Korea. I'm not sure dad even knew there was a child, they kept secrets from each other.

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            #20
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            Bob, I am new here so I don't know you, but wanted to thank you for sharing your amazing and wonderful story. The timing is uncanny - to lose a brother and gain a sister in such a close time frame. I'm very happy for you - what a gift indeed.

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              #21
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              dwil23 == you would be surprised how many people with the exact names are out there. doing research is difficult due to this oddity. Been there, done that. same names don't always mean same person. You have a great outlook on this anyway, so that is good. life is too short as it is, right?

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                #22
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                We can hear how happy you are. Go forward and embrace your new family. All the stories you two must have to share with each other!

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                  #23
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                  Originally posted by nativetexan View Post
                  dwil23 == you would be surprised how many people with the exact names are out there. doing research is difficult due to this oddity. Been there, done that. same names don't always mean same person. You have a great outlook on this anyway, so that is good. life is too short as it is, right?
                  That's for sure! It would be kind of neat to meet them.

                  Although just the unusual name would be enough to convince me - the birthdate/place also matched.
                  Donna

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                    #24
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                    Donna, we had the same thing happen in our family except the two wives found out about each other. The man had two boys, each from a different mother, and named them the same. It so happened that one of the children of wife A got deathly sick and she couldn't get ahold of her husband so she went to the other end of his stretch of the RR line. While there her boy went out to get a job to help. He was hired as a newspaper boy and the first day when the owner was passing out the papers he called the child's name. To his surprise another boy, from wife B, with the same name and who looked like him answered too. They got to talking and put the pieces together. We don't know what happened because there is no further trace of the father. Did he run away or did the two wife's do him in???????
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                      #25
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                      I am happy for you boB. I watched and read your FB posting about this and I have seen you enjoying this addition to your life. I look forward to seeing you again this year.

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                        #26
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                        Originally posted by LauraP View Post
                        Donna, we had the same thing happen in our family except the two wives found out about each other. The man had two boys, each from a different mother, and named them the same. It so happened that one of the children of wife A got deathly sick and she couldn't get ahold of her husband so she went to the other end of his stretch of the RR line. While there her boy went out to get a job to help. He was hired as a newspaper boy and the first day when the owner was passing out the papers he called the child's name. To his surprise another boy, from wife B, with the same name and who looked like him answered too. They got to talking and put the pieces together. We don't know what happened because there is no further trace of the father. Did he run away or did the two wife's do him in???????
                        Wow, Laura! What a story!

                        "Back in the day" people could probably get away with this type of thing much easier. It probably happened waayyy more than anyone suspected. It would be interesting to know what happened to "Dear Old Dad", though.
                        Donna

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                          #27
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                          Hi Bob. So nice to see you agajn. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.

                          What an awesome story about your sister though. How wonderful that you have such a great relationship now. And she's a quilter to boot!

                          We have a couple of stories like that in our family too. My first husband's sister had a baby when she was 16 and have her up for adoption. She and the father had no choice. They were both considered minors and my in laws had the final say. The dad's family was open to them keeping the baby but were overruled somehow. Fast forward a few decades and our niece did a search and found my sister in law who had, in later years contacted the adoption agency and gave them permission to give her information to her daughter if she ever searched for her. By then, my in laws had passed away and, sadly, so bad the birth father, Joe. He had died in the 60's in an accident while in the army stationed in Germany. We all got to meet Donna and she is a wonderful part of the family. Joe's grandparents were actually still alive at the time and were absolutely over the moon to be able to have a relationship with their great granddaughter. And a few years later, Donna had a son and named him Joey after her dad.

                          The other "skeleton" in our family's closet involves my grandmother's sister who it seems had a baby at about 16. The baby is listed in one census living with a different sister and then, in the next census, no longer living with that sister but with the aunt who gave birth to her who was by then married and had a son too. This was never spoken of by my grandmother. We did know there was some sort of secret because of an issue Margie (the baby ) had once with getting her birth certificate for her passport but our grandmother would never talk about it and the other Aunts had already passed away.

                          I am glad you and your sister found each other.
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