"There was just a connection immediately." Dianne Franklin-Corbell, Australia

Dianne (Di), 69, had been an avid genealogist since the age of 25. Back in October, Di had decided to take a MyHeritage DNA test along with her husband, who was adopted at birth, to support him in his search for his biological family. A few months after taking the test, Di was amazed to receive a message from a stranger — Graham — who said that he believed that he and Di were half-siblings!

Di and Graham started piecing together their family histories. They realized that in the 1940s, both of their parents had lived in Adelaide, Australia. Graham’s father was a renowned musician, who played at a dance hall called “The Palais”.

Di had heard many stories from her mother about how much she loved to dance at that very same hall as a young woman. After searching through old photos of her mom, she discovered one taken at The Palais. She sent it to Graham who immediately recognized his father standing next to Di’s mother.

Both Di and Graham were thrilled to finally meet.

Di grew up an only child and was very excited to now have a brother. Graham explains that he grew up quite lonely, wishing he had had a sister.

Graham shares: “There was just a connection immediately. She is lovely and we have a lot in common.” Di and Graham are now very close, speaking with and seeing each other often. They are immensely grateful for the opportunity to have found each other after so many years.

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  • Carol Conlogue

    August 16, 2018

    What a wonderful experience between Di and Graham….too beautiful for words! I had my DNA test in hopes of finding a half brother who was born in Iceland, fathered by my Dad during World War 2. My Dad was an American soldier. Every time I get a notice from MyHeritage, I hold my breath. I also was made aware of a dear cousin who had been adopted. I had not known he existed. Sadly, years ago, family secrets were hidden. MyHeritage helps reveal them, making families the way they should have been, back together and glued with love!

  • Richard De Los Santos

    August 19, 2018

    Beautifull. Did test show them to be First Cousins.

  • Carole Grant

    September 10, 2018

    Hi Di
    Your father Colin Bergerson was my mother’s cousin. I remember my Uncle Hildus who was Colin’s father. Colin had a brother Gordon who died at my grandmother’s home from diabetes. He no longer wanted to have insulin injections. My Mum would always remember this moment as she was there at the time.
    I have photo on my My Heritage website and can invite you to view it if you send my your email.
    Would love to meet you. We are over in the Gold Coast in September.