"I discovered my long-lost sister" Nancy Guay, Montreal
Just a few days after creating a family tree on MyHeritage for the first time, Nancy Guay received a message.“My name is Judy, and I think I’m your sister.” These were the words she and her brother Jamie had been waiting to hear for over 50 years.
“For a moment I felt the ground disappear from under my feet,” she said. “I’d discovered my lost sister after believing I’d never find her.”
The siblings were separated when their mother, Doris, left her husband Roland. Nancy was only 8 months old when her mother left. She has no memories of the divorce, but she always knew that her mother took her older sister Judy. Nancy and her brother Jamie, then 3, were left behind with their father, who raised them.
“I never met my biological mother,” Nancy explained. “I was always angry that she didn’t want me — that’s how I saw it — since she left with just my older sister.” Judy, who was then 5, remembers the day they separated: “Mum decided to leave and took me to her parents. That was the last time I saw Nancy and Jamie.”
Judy Watson went to live with her mother at her grandparents’ house. For the first few years, she kept in touch by phone with her brother Jamie. But then her mother stopped that communication. “Dad wanted to take me too, but Mum refused…I even remember him once appearing in the doorway of the house, but Grandma refused to let him come in and take me.”
In 2002, Nancy’s father asked her to try to find Judy. She joined MyHeritage, adding the few details she knew about her biological mother and her older sister to her family tree. Around this time, Judy also decided to create a tree to try to find her two siblings.
Soon after, she received the match to her sister’s family tree.
“It was very emotional,” Nancy explained. “We exchanged telephone numbers and spoke right away. The first few moments were really hard because we just didn’t know where to begin, but with time and patience we got through to each other.”
The siblings were fascinated by the similarities between them: “It was the most powerful thing we had experienced in our lives,” Judy says. “The more I got to know Nancy, the more I understood how similar she is to Mum, even though she wasn’t raised with her. But the most amazing thing is my similarity to my father. I found out that my father was a dog trainer. And I’m a dog trainer, too!”
For Judy, finding her family again has given meaning to her life:
“Until now, I felt alone in my journey in the world, without knowing where I come from. Today, thanks to MyHeritage, I know my roots and I’m no longer alone on this amazing journey. Thank God this happened.”