I have been using Ancestry.com for years. A year back I submitted my DNA test. I have had quite a few matches that land in the distant relative to 3rd or 2nd cousin range.
Recently, I was notified of a ‘Close Family to 1st Cousin’ match. We match 1705 centimorgans over 52 segments.
From my novice level of understanding, this suggests that this match could be: a grandparent (ruled out - based on age), a niece (ruled out because.. duh, I’d know) or half sibling (hmmm..).
The match and I have spoken. She is adopted and knows nothing about her biological parents except for some ancillary bits of information that was given to her by whatever agency she worked with in an attempt to find out about her biological parents.
Interestingly, there are a few bits of ‘story’ that seem to match to my (deceased) Father:
My ‘match’ was told that her biological father was born between 1922 and 1932 (my father was born in 1927)
My ‘match’ was told that her biological father had 7 siblings (my father had 6 siblings - including him, equaled 7)
My ‘match’ was told that her biological father lost a sibling in their youth due to an accident with a baseball bat (my fathers twin brother died at 9 from being hit in the head with a swing... or the story goes..)
My ‘match’ was told that her biological father was deferred from the army due to having Rheumatic Fever as a child (my father was the only boy out of his 7 brothers to have Rheumatic Fever and was barred from service)
Finally, My ‘match’ was born in Milwaukee, Wi. (my father was born and lived his life in Appleton, Wi. However would frequently travel to Milwaukee in his 20’s)
There was ancillary information about my matches biological mother, but none of that seemed to correlate to anything I knew.
Have I found a long lost half-sister?