"This is totally amazing!" George Graham Green, England

What if you took a DNA test and discovered that your father wasn’t who you thought he was?

And what if that discovery led to 6 loving new siblings into your life?

That’s what happened to George Graham Green of Hull, England. Watch his emotional reunion with his half-siblings here:

George grew up in a small 2-bedroom apartment with 10 brothers and sisters, and served in the Royal Engineers of the British Army for 22 years. Today, at 74 years old, he manages a charity foundation called FEADA (Foundation for East African Development and Education) with his wife, and volunteers in the National Coast Watching Institute. He is, in his words, “not the normal 75-year-old sitting on his backside watching TV.”

Graham and his wife Rose were working on researching Rose’s family history, and as part of that project, she took a MyHeritage DNA test. The process made Graham curious about his own roots, so he purchased a DNA kit for himself… and the results turned everything he thought he knew about himself on its head.

They showed that he had a half-sister living in the United States.

He’d never known anyone from the United States.

Confused, Graham started calling his brothers to ask if they knew anything about a half-sibling in the U.S. Finally, one confessed that he’d known for years: the man Graham had always believed was his father was not actually his father.

When Graham demanded to know why no one had told him about this, his brother said, “Graham, we were brothers and sisters, you were one of the family. Why would we ever bring it up?”

After some emotional processing, Graham reached out to his half-sister Cathy. It turned out that Graham’s mother had met Cathy’s father — a U.S. soldier based in the Yorkshire area during WWII — briefly before D-Day. Graham was born 9 months later. “It’s strange, because I believe he was in the engineers as well, which is a coincidence,” says Graham.

Unfortunately, Graham’s biological father died in 1980 at the age of 64… and Graham’s newfound siblings — Cathy, Marsha, Harry, Sharon, Norma, and Mike — were floored by Graham’s resemblance to him. “This is totally amazing,” says Graham. “I am 75 years old and I’m just finding out that I’ve got American sisters. The whole thing has gone absolutely crazy since then. The youngest brother in the States said, ‘You know, you look like our father more than we do.’ There’s lots of messages between my children and their children. So they’re absolutely loving it.”

“It was like I was looking into my father’s eyes,” says Cathy of the first time she saw a photo of Graham. “And that was it.”

“If he was out there, I wouldn’t want to leave his side,” says Graham. “I would want to know all about him, and I know he would want to know all about me.”

In September, Graham met his American siblings for the first time. They eagerly awaited him at the airport in Seattle and applauded when they saw him coming up the escalator, so excited to meet and embrace their brother after a lifetime apart.

“I am forever grateful to MyHeritage,” says Cathy.

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  • Jo Ann

    June 21, 2020

    How wonderful. Maybe there is hope for me; I’ve been looking for a match that could lead me to my birth father for 52 years!

  • Joann Yager

    June 21, 2020

    I had a child in 1967. Is it possible I could find him

  • Susan

    June 22, 2020

    Jo Ann, don’t give up! I searched all my life and at the age of 53, I found my biological father’s family. I was two years too late, but I finally got a picture of him. It was the first time that I ever seen him. You can do it!!

  • Lillie Gumm

    June 22, 2020

    This seems to be the exact same thing that’s happening with me. I’m not who I thought I was.

  • Wayne mccallum

    June 25, 2020

    Miracles happen daily.
    My Aunty (now deceased) and myself had been searching for info about her father ,my grandfather for many years.about 6 weeks ago I found a family tree with his name and other relative info making it the strongest lead in over 20 years.
    my mother may have found her half brother and his family after 70 years.
    I’m waiting patiently for a reply to my contact.praying for a miracle.
    Wayne Mccallum

  • Magi

    June 25, 2020

    I also found my father was my mother husband after doing DNA and worked out who my dad as he has been dead more than 30 years now but I remember as he worked my on the family farm as a canecutter until I was 9 so I have a good memory of him but I really regret not knowing him as my father he never married so I am my parents only child but have two halfbrothers from my mother and stepfather I am now 74

  • Maureen (Lorenzo) Isabella

    June 26, 2020

    I am happy for Graham, I had a similar incident but did not have the happy ending he had . My daughter did her dna research and found she did not have any Spanish dna, I said that’s impossible, my mother was born in Ireland and my father was born in LaCaruna Spain, Did my dna and came up with the same result, no Spanish and my brother was my half brother !!! I have no idea who my father is, my mother passed in 2008 and the last family member who might have known something also passed, I am in limbo !!!