I have three (3) known half-siblings. By known, I am referring to knowing that how many I have been told about. To break them down, they are all females. One is on Mom’s side, 52 Ancestors Week 11 The Sister I Never Knew – Dorothy Lorraine Strange, who died in 1951 and the reason for me getting interested in genealogy. The other two (2) are my father’s daughters. I don’t know much about them: for example, same mother or different mothers, no clue on when or where they were born. I had a family member mention meeting them, but it sounded like a negative experience.
Does that mean my experience will be the same on the off-chance I find them? Not necessarily. It could go better or much worse. I don’t know their names although if I get a DNA match that fits the range and I can rule out other relatives who match at that level, I may have a clue. When I got my first successful DNA results back in 2013, 23andMe was the major company and it would be almost two (2) years before they hit the 1 million tested mark. Since then, AncestryDNA is around 14 million tested, 23andMe is over 5 million, possibly as high as 8 million or more tested, MyHeritageDNA is around 2 million and probably closer to 3 million, FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) is around 1 million, LivingDNA and FindMyPastDNA are the newest companies to enter the genealogical DNA testing field. I haven’t seen numbers for LivingDNA or FindMyPastDNA yet.
It’s only a matter of time before one of my half-sisters test, especially given the numerous DNA commercials that hype ethnicity and gloss over the surprise factor. If they have children or grandchildren, it could be one of those who test.
As I caution others when doing DNA presentations, I need to remind myself that it may not be a wonderful reunion. There is also a chance one or both have died. It’s also possible they wouldn’t DNA test because they realize a half-sibling may have tested.