"I am very touched and never expected it." Johannes Beutter, Germany
Johannes was adopted as a child and grew up in Germany. When he was 20 years old, he decided to try to contact his biological mother. “I tried to get in touch with her, wrote her a letter with my picture, but she sent me my letter back and wrote that she didn’t want to have contact with me.” He says that this was partly because the life partner his birth mother was with at the time, who did not know about Johannes. “One time I saw my grandmother, shortly before she died,” he says. “Then I had no contact with my biological family for 25 years. I thought that would be it.”
Johannes’s birth father was not mentioned on his birth certificate, and he had no further information about him.
Hoping to learn more about where he is from and to find his father’s family, he took a MyHeritage DNA test.
After his results came in, he was contacted by a woman who was a 6.7% match: a first cousin once removed (the daughter of his maternal grandfather’s brother) who lives in Japan. She had never heard of Johannes, but together they were able to connect the dots. She introduced him to her half-sister, who lives in Colorado, USA, and another sister who lives in Germany like Johannes.
She also informed him that Johannes’s grandfather was unfortunately no longer alive, but his brother is — and he lives in Germany as well! They live 700 km apart, and just recently had the opportunity to meet. “I am so happy to have a real relative who is so nice,” says Johannes. I am very touched and never expected it. Hopefully I will be able to get to know more family members in the near future.”