We have been given permission to share this story based on actual clients we had the opportunity to help through sibling testing. Only the names were changed at the family’s request.
In the summer of 1942, in a small town in Eastern Europe, two sisters, Anna and Maria, were separated from each other during a bombing raid. Anna, the younger of the two, was just six years old while Maria was eight. They were hiding in the basement of their home when a bomb struck the house, and they were separated in the chaos. Both of their parents died.
Maria was taken in by a family who lived on the outskirts of town, while Anna was rescued by a group of nuns who were taking care of orphaned children. Despite their best efforts, the sisters were unable to reunite with each other, and they quickly lost touch. As the years passed, both Anna and Maria grew up, got married, and started their own families. They both had children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but they always wondered what had happened to their long-lost sibling.
Anna’s granddaughter, Sophie, began researching more about the family history using a variety of online websites. After several years of trying to track down family, she finally through that she had found a probable connection. Anna was living in the U.S. and Maria was living in Eastern Europe, so meeting was not an option at first. Sophie researched the best way to prove if the person she found was the biological sister of Anna, and she agreed to do a Sibling DNA Test to verify if they were sisters. Anna agreed, and a few weeks later, they received the results. To everyone’s surprise, the sibling test verified that Anna and Maria were indeed full sisters.
Anna and her family were shocked and overwhelmed by the news. Maria was equally shocked to learn that she had a sister living in United States. She had always wondered what had happened to Anna and had spent years searching for her without success. Now, in her eighties, she was finally going to be reunited with her long-lost sibling.
The two sisters arranged to meet in New York City, and their families came together to celebrate the reunion. When Anna and Maria saw each other for the first time in over 80 years, they embraced tightly and wept tears of joy. They spent hours catching up on each other’s lives and reminiscing about their childhood.
Despite the years that had passed and the distance between them, Anna and Maria had an instant connection. They talked about their families, their memories, and their hopes for the future. They were grateful for the chance to finally be together again and to make up for lost time. As they got to know each other again, Anna and Maria discovered that they had much in common. They both loved to cook, enjoyed gardening, and had a passion for music. They also shared a deep connection to their homeland and were proud of their heritage.
Through their journey of separation and reunion, Anna and Maria had learned the importance of family, love, and perseverance. They had never given up hope of finding each other and were grateful for the chance to finally be together again. Last week Anna passed away.
The family gave permission to share their story in the hope that it might inspire others to seek out their long-lost relatives. We were told that both Anna and Maria were able to experience joy and happiness in finding each other again, and that Anna was able to speak with Maria by phone only hours before she passed away.
The entire staff at Journey Genetic Testing feels honored to have been able to be a part of this wonderful story, and to be part of bringing two sisters together again. It is why are dedicated to what we do, and we thank Anna and Marie’s families for allowing us to be a part of their journey to truth, through DNA testing.