I saw this on MyHeritage – I Found My Best Friend’s Birth Father Thanks to MyHeritage: https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/08/i-found-my-best-friends-birth-father-thanks-to-myheritage/. Slightly longer article.
Esther August 4, 2021
Jane Nicholson of the United Kingdom knew that her best friend, Tony Wood, was adopted, and had for years been encouraging him to take a DNA test so he could learn the identity of his birth parents. During last year’s lockdown in the U.K., Tony finally agreed, and when he uploaded his results to MyHeritage, Jane was able to crack the case and help Tony make contact with his biological cousin and uncle.
Here at MyHeritage, we are always celebrating family bonds that transcend time and space and reach across generations. But what we love about this story is that as much as it’s about an adopted child finding his birth family, it’s also about the family we choose — our friends. So in honor of National Friendship Day, here is the story of Jane and Tony and how a best friend can help you make the discovery of a lifetime.
Tony Wood and I became best friends on Boxing Day, 1998. We met at the local working man’s club and he cheekily asked me if I’d be his plus one at a work function at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. I went and was severely hungover the following day! We have children of similar ages, and Tony even gave me away at my wedding. We’re both happy to be single now though, and we’re more like siblings than friends. My children only recently realized he wasn’t their real uncle, when I told them about tracing his DNA… to say they were gutted is putting things mildly!