"I found my sister when I least expected to"
Morgan Reynolds, Oregon

When Jennisara Sumiri first heard that her half-sister had been found, she couldn’t believe her luck.

My son said, ‘Mom, I think I may have found your sister.’ I said, ‘What? No…WHAT?’

Jennisara’s son Ted had taken a MyHeritage DNA test — and after looking at his results realized that he had an answer to a lifelong family mystery. He immediately telephoned his mother.

I think I found your sister!

Within hours, she was on the phone with her biological half-sister, Morgan Reynolds.

The moment I heard her voice on the phone, something clicked inside of me and I started crying.

They had tried to find one another all of their lives — if it weren’t for DNA tests, they would have never succeeded. Morgan was born in Seattle in 1952, to Ray Edward Reynolds and Leona Reynolds, gas station workers in Washington State. A year after Morgan’s birth, her parents divorced, and her father moved away. As a young child, Morgan discovered her dad had a daughter from a previous relationship and that the child was given for adoption.

Since I was 10, I knew that I had a sibling, but I also knew that I would never ever see her.

Jennisara, born in 1949, was raised by her adoptive parents. She always dreamed of meeting her biological family but didn’t think it was possible. Her son, Ted Melvin, was more optimistic. Ted created a family tree on MyHeritage, entering all the data available to him. He also ordered and completed a DNA kit.

Once their results came in, there was no question that Jennisara had found her half-sister.

 

 

After a month of speaking over the phone, the sisters decided to meet in person for the first time. The reunion took place at Jennisara’s home in San Francisco. The two women pored over images of their father, sharing memories and stories.

Their father, Ray Edwards, died years ago, as did both their mothers, and other family members of that generation. Although they have no one to ask about what happened in the past, the future is clear for both of them. Now that they have found one another, they never want to separate again.


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  • pat Lawson Kittelt


    May 22, 2017

    That’s a great story. I do ancestry and I found my two first cousins and they are half sisters they lost each other for 70 years and I got them two together. I can’t even explain to you how great that was to see them hugging for the first time in 70 years

  • Rachael


    May 23, 2017

    Beautiful. I wish both of you the best for the future and that you both now feel a sense of fulfilment and closure together.

  • Joyce M. Alvey


    May 23, 2017

    It is so important to know who you are and where you come from; yet the Unites States Government denied this from Native American children. Forceably removed them from their homes, denied them their language, religion, culture and family. Now everyone is finally realizing how important those things are to develope into a healthy adult.

  • Ellie


    May 24, 2017

    What a wonderful outcome for these two sisters and their families. I wish them all the luck for the future.

  • Janet Christainsen Ross


    May 26, 2017

    How do I find my little brothers? I’ve already done a DNA with Ancestry. I’d love to know what would increase my chances of finding them. My Mom gave birth to what she was told were twin boys, and because Dad wasn’t allowed in the room, the Doctor told them they had died and it would be best not to see them. We’ve since learned this Doctor left his practice right after and destroyed his records. We can’t get the family to talk to us. I talked to the people at the State records and they said it was a terrible practice for Doctors to play “God” in the 50’s-60’s. My Parents are gone now, but I’d love for them to know that Mom did not want to give them up!!!!!!

    • Esther Shuman


      June 11, 2017

      Hi Janet,

      Have you uploaded your Ancestry results to MyHeritage? It is free and it will give you a greater chance of finding them. You can upload the DNA data here: https://www.myheritage.com/dna/upload

      We hope that you are able to find your brother soon! Good luck!

      Best,
      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Beverly Collins ( Parks)


    June 15, 2017

    Just before my mom’s death 2 years ago we discovered she had had a child before she meet my dad. Her parents against her will put this baby up for adoption because of her age and time.
    I will be working on my dna testing as soon as I get my kit. So postings to follow.

  • Pinuccia Cappelletti


    June 18, 2017

    Extraordinary. Lucky the two sisters are proceeding their life together. Thanks to Myharitage help. Best wishes to the ladies. Pinuccia

  • Carla


    July 27, 2017

    Omg so touching 😢

  • Tonia


    October 18, 2017

    Love this commercial! I was wondering what the backstory was… So glad that be sisters found each other!