While many of us wait to reunite with family members once the pandemic eases up, five family members are excited to meet for the very first time.
The five found out they were related thanks to the personal genomics and biotechnology company 23andMe.
It was far from the perfect family picture, but one Zoom call was more than 50 years in the making.
The five siblings, which include a man from Boynton Beach, all used the 23andMe DNA kits.
In August, each got an email saying they have new, possible genetic matches in their family tree.
After some investigating, the five, who live in five different states – including Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and New York – discovered they all have the same biological father.
Their father and two of the three siblings’ mothers have since died.
After hours of conversations with each other, it left everyone with countless questions. But they all do share one big thing: the love of animals.
The five say they can’t wait until the pandemic is over so they can meet in person.
For now, they are settling for two-hour Zoom calls, daily text messages, and sending each other cookies and gifts in the mail.