Updated: March 31, 2019 10:33 PM
A Superior man discovered he had five other siblings recently through Ancestry.com and this weekend he was able to meet one of them for the first time.
"It’s total excitement! I have tears in my eyes. I’m overjoyed,” Alan Nelson said.
“It's a pretty amazing feeling!” Marcia Jones, Alan’s sister, quipped back.
And the meeting was just in time for Alan’s birthday which was on March 27. He got the birthday gift of a lifetime meeting his sister on Saturday.
Marcia drove all the way from Chicago, Illinois, to meet Alan. The excitement and emotions were through the roof that day.
"I'm overjoyed! This is the best birthday I ever had,” Nelson said.
And the way they found out about one another was through some hard digging online on Ancestry.com
Five of the six siblings were given up for adoption by their biological mother.
"It was all through DNA and internet and modern technology. Otherwise, we wouldn't have ever known that any of us existed so it’s quite a thrill!” Jones said.
It took over 60 years of Alan’s life to discover he had other siblings. They all live in different states like Denver, Las Vegas, and even in Australia.
Marcia said it all started when she googled her biological mom’s name. She discovered a message from an adoption registry that had the same name as her biological mom. The person in the adoption registry said she was looking for her siblings.
Marcia said she knew immediately that the person was her sister and connected with her. From there, she flew out to Denver to meet her sister, Trina Mahan. A year after, they learned about their brother, Daniel Wieland, on Ancestry.
Daniel discovered he had nieces in Las Vegas and that led to them learning about their sister, Lynn Bradley. And on Christmas Eve last year, they got news about their sister, Rebel Warren, who lives in Australia.
And recently, they all learned about Alan. Daniel connected with him on the website.
Alan said he's grateful for what he gained in using Ancestry. He learned about the website in a Dr. Phil episode and said if it worked for Dr. Phil, it would work for him.
"It's the best investment ever and now you gotta put up with two older brothers,” Nelson said to Jones. And she responded by saying, “Yea, my pleasure!”
The siblings have a lot of time to make up for. They were looking over family photos Sunday and have been enjoying spending time together.
"We’re still getting to know each other and learning about each other but it’s really nice because so far everyone has wanted to pursue a relationship with everyone else. There’s families that are raised together, natural born brothers and sisters raised together, who aren’t speaking," Jones said. "The fact that literally six strangers have come together because we all have the same mother, it’s wild and it’s pretty wonderful.”
Marcia has made it a mission to meet all her siblings and she’s gone all over the states to visit them. She’s has yet to meet her sister Rebel in Australia, but plans on making a trip there soon.
And they're all planning on one day getting together as a family.
"I sure do hope that we can somehow get together all of us,” Nelson said.
But for now, they're enjoying the moments they have together in person and are in constant communication via phone.
"We have a lot to look forward to. Getting to know each other more and becoming a real family," Jones said.
They went almost their whole life without knowing about one another. They went from being strangers, to being siblings.
The bond they all share now is unbreakable.
Updated: March 31, 2019 10:33 PM
Created: March 31, 2019 07:11 PM
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