"I’m looking forward to a wonderful future with my newfound family." Tracy Shand, Australia
Tracy Shand was adopted when she was just 3 months old. At the age of 24, she connected with her biological mother and was able to learn about that side of her family, but when she asked about her birth father, her biological mother wouldn’t give her his name. “It was almost impossible to find him,” says Tracy.
She tested her DNA with another website, but it led her nowhere. “But I knew he was out there,” she says.
She uploaded her DNA information to MyHeritage, and discovered a 14% match—a first cousin. “This could be it.”
Bill Esman had never known he had fathered a child, but ever since a relationship ended with the sudden departure of the woman he was dating, he had wondered. “The possibility of having a daughter would have gone through my head quite a few times, and I wondered what it would be like,” he says.
When his niece told him that Tracy had contacted her and asked about men in the family who might have been her father, he knew straight away that she must be his. “There was no second thought about it,” he says.
He wrote her an email that started, “Hi from your father,” and a few days later they met in person. In November of 2018, Tracy took her family to meet him.
“I would have loved to have known more about her growing up,” says Bill. “She has got fantastic kids.”
“My children how have a grandfather,” says Tracy.
“I would encourage anyone who wants to find their biological parents to do whatever it takes to pursue it, and never give up,” Bill adds. “It can change your life.”