"I was flabbergasted!" Kim Fairbank, New Hampshire

New Hampshire social worker Kim Fairbank, 51, always knew she was adopted. After a rough childhood of familial disappointments, she yearned to connect with her biological family. She tried DNA testing and waited for answers. It was MyHeritage DNA that brought Kim the match of a lifetime — with her biological father.

The search

During her childhood, Kim was given up by her first adoptive family to another. She was adopted not once, but twice.

For me, being adopted, I never knew who my parents were. I just had a desire to find my biological family, or anyone who is related to me, to be able to find a family. That was kind of a drive for me.

When she was 21, Kim took the plunge and started to look for her parents. She hoped to get her adoption documents from the state, but nothing came up. She then joined other DNA testing services but didn’t receive any helpful results. Moving on, she decided to join every site that could help in her quest. She uploaded her DNA results to MyHeritage and hoped that the answer was out there, waiting for her.

Kim almost gave up. She began to believe that she would never meet her family, that it would never happen for her. That’s when she received an email from MyHeritage.

When I got the email from MyHeritage saying ‘you have a parent-child match’, I was flabbergasted. At that moment I was shaking and nervous, I couldn’t believe it was true.

In New Mexico, Nio Tavlos, 73, took a MyHeritage DNA test mainly to learn more about his ethnic background. He wanted to know if he had only Greek blood, or whether he also had Turkish origins. Tavlos also suspected that he had fathered a child many years ago during a short relationship when he was 20. He believed that he had a boy who was given for adoption to a dentist living in Boston. As an artist, Tavlos’ demanding lifestyle did not include any children.

Tavlos was so surprised to find that he was contacted by a daughter and not a son!

I was waiting for 35 years for this knock on the door. When the knock came, it wasn’t a boy, it was a girl – Kim, and she is 51, and has two children. I have two grandchildren!

The reunion

Tavlos is thrilled to be a grandfather, and can’t wait to share the rest of his life with his newfound descendants.

At this point in my life — in my 70s — I think I’m more prepared now to have a family. So I’m terribly excited, and shocked, amazed. Kim used a very good word to describe the situation – flabbergasted. That’s exactly how I feel.

While Tavlos and Kim have many years to catch up on, they’ve decided that they won’t waste any time getting to know one another!

Have you taken a MyHeritage DNA test? Let us know in the comments below what you’ve discovered!


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  • Gary


    October 8, 2018

    Nice!!!

  • Jenny


    October 8, 2018

    What a great story for Tavlos and Kim! I’m also hoping to find my biological father and to learn more about that side of the family. I’ve found a first cousin and some second cousins who share no DNA with my half-brother or half-sister. I’ve reached out with messages to some of these people to see if they’d be willing to share some info, but I haven’t received anything back yet. I’m so happy for those who have found their biological families, and I hope to do this, too!

  • Carolyn Meyer


    October 9, 2018

    Thank you My Heratige,
    I found my 1/2 Brother I’m 60 he’s 50. My bio mother passed and I have no idea who my father is. But good news my brothers father is a wonderful man and I’m looking foreword to meeting them both soon.

  • Michelle


    October 9, 2018

    I’ve done a dna test and also got ,kit for my mum. We haven’t really done much since the initial results, the british isles results where sort of expected but the little bit of European is interesting, though we are not sure how to find about it as yet .. would love to find close relatives for mum and dad as they’ve been hard to trace….

  • Carol Crisp Alder


    October 9, 2018

    Have had no luck tracing my paternal grandfather’s side and yet the f amily name is quite common I believe in the UK – lots of information on my paternal grandmother’s relatives – the same with my maternal grandparents, especially my grandmother’s side.

  • Ilze Coombe


    October 9, 2018

    Wonderful! Just wonder-full!

  • Shirley Ahern


    October 10, 2018

    My Cousins and I were so surprised to find a 1st Cousin we never knew. 2 of which are siblings and the 1st Cousin is their half Brother. The Cousin we never knew was a Secret Service Agent that protected Presidents, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. What a great man and we are so blessed to have found him. Thank you Heritage.

  • Karl H


    October 10, 2018

    I learned the identity of not only my birth mother but also my birth father. Unfortunately for me both my parents had passed away prior to me learning their identity. Turns out my birth mother gave up at least 3 children for adoption. All 3 of us have different fathers. Talk about being overwhelmed with information!! The 3 of us met in person this past summer to get to know each other a little and exchange what little info we had.

    My birth fathers side of the family has been a little less receptive to the idea of me. He was survived in death by his wife and all the siblings are concerned she’ll be hurt if she learns of my existence. I’ve tried assuring them I have no interest in hurting anyone but to no avail. Maybe with more time they’ll come around.

  • THOMAS K THOMPSON


    October 11, 2018

    THIS PROGRAM LED ME AND MY DAUGHTER TO FIND EACH OTHER. IT WAS A WILD GUESS AT THE TIME I STARTED THIS. I HAVE A 4 PAGE LETTER I WROTE ABOUT ME AND HER. I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO LOOK AT IT AND SHE IF IT IS WORTHY. tthompson0770@charter.net
    775-241-2211 h. if it does not pan out by you please let me know. give me an email address to send letter to

  • Rhonda Morton


    October 12, 2018

    I am in the same predicament as Kim as I am looking for my father as well I grew up in a single family household just with my mom and six siblings I too am desperately seeking to find my father I never knew and would like to know him please can you help me

  • Tammy VanDorin


    May 26, 2019

    My maiden name was Stiverson but I don’t think I came from that family.