HOW A DNA TEST LOCATED A FAMILY FOR AN 80 YR OLD MAN
Most of us have grown up within a type of family unit – could you imagine for just one moment what it would be like not to be able to grow up with any knowledge of family? Neither could I…
Patrick “PJ” Holland grew up not knowing anything, he was born and spent the first few years of his life in a hospital. He then went to an orphanage where he stayed until he ran away at the age of 16 and joined the army. “All the orphans had people visit them on ‘people day’ except me, because there was no relatives,” he recalled.
However, the family that took him in after he demobbed made him feel just as one of them…but there was always something was missing. Marilyn Souders a member of the family that took him in, has been working since 1970 to help ‘PJ’ find a living family member. Souders’ home office in Plano looks like a mad scientist’s genealogy lab according to all reports. Old photographs and yellowing documents spill out from file folders and cabinets and shelves.
Souders sent off a DNA test of PJ’s hoping against hope that something would come up. She had found the name of PJ’s mother, Agnes Holland, but that was all she was able to get. One morning as she logged into her computer a box jumped at her announcing, that there is a 1st Cousin match!
An aspiring 31yr old actress from New York, on a whim, took a DNA test, it returned a match, she didn’t really give it any thought until she was contacted by Souders who informed her that PJ had been actively searching for his mother since 1970. Her father was his first cousin.
The video shows what happened next.
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