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Adult Siblings Met Each Other For the First Time in the Austin Airport

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“For 46 years, I’ve wondered who I was,” Nancy Friel told KXAN. Friel spent 50 long years yearning to know more about her biological father, and when her mother passed away, she knew the search would become even more difficult. “I thought I would never, ever find out,” she confessed.

But Friel found a way to hack into her unknown past. She took an Ancestry DNA test and was suddenly linked to three of her siblings who also took the test.

She recently met four of her siblings for the first time at the Austin airport baggage claim. Happy tears streamed down the faces of the newly extended family with a photo of their father, who passed away 18 years ago, in hand. Friel found out she now has 12 new siblings to get to know!

Ancestry.com offers an at-home DNA kit that anyone can purchase for less than $100. By sending in a saliva sample to a lab, participants will have their DNA “analyzed at more than 700,000 genetic markers” leading to connects to people around the globe. Reading the results online from Ancestry, or other DNA kit services, could help you connect to a part of yourself you didn’t know was missing, similar to Friel’s case.