The Power of DNA Testing: Helping My Mom Find Her Birth Family & Her Place in This World by Ella Paynter

4 years ago
The Power of DNA Testing: Helping My Mom Find Her Birth Family & Her Place in This World

In the past few years, more than 12 million people have taken DNA tests. In 2014, I purchased a kit for my mom in the hopes of finding her birth parents. After several weeks of waiting, she received hundreds of genetic matches.

I obsessively sorted through the information, determined to find out who her mom and dad were. The next year was spent doing research and making calls. I realized that I’d also be finding my family.

I flew up to New York to look through more records. There, I met a lady who offered to help. I told her my mom’s story, including how her last name was Miller on her birth certificate and how she remembers falling out of a window when she was small.

Back home, I soon got a message with a newspaper clipping about my mom’s fall out of a window. It had her name and, most importantly, her mom’s name. I quickly did a Google search and found her mom’s obituary. It had the names of my mom’s half siblings. I contacted both my uncle and aunt. We all cried. They had been wanting to find my mother. I contacted the local news and they recorded the reunion. 


My mom had finally found her family. And, I got to see my mom finally find her place in this world.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh my goodness, what a wonderful story! I have tears in my eyes. I am so happy for you and your mother, and you whole family, Ella Paynter . I have been curious about DNA testing. I am grateful to you for sharing this powerful story, a great testament to "never give up!" Welcome to our #30Seconds tribe. I look forward to learning and growing with you! :-)
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
What a beautiful, powerful story! Thank you for sharing it with us, Ella Paynter ! And welcome to the 30Seconds community of writers! We're so glad to have you!

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