He took a DNA test to discover his heritage. What she found was a decades-old secret that her mother never planned to share.

In a quest to confirm an indigenous aspect to her ancestry, a 63-year-old woman discovered something else: her twin brothers she never knew existed, who lived just a car away.

CTV News asked readers to share their experiences with 23andMe, Ancestry, MyHeritage and other genealogy websites. These websites published stories about uncovering family secrets, locating long-lost relatives, and exploring family trees. Almost 100 people responded to our call.

One of them was Pam Currie, who resides in Esterhazy, Sask.

Currie, curious about her ethnicity and seeking to validate the indigenous background her grandmother briefly spoke about, joined Ancestry.ca in 2009. But it wasn’t until December 2018 that Currie’s husband, Paul, decided it was time for her she made the DNA of the site. proof.

The results came back two months later and Currie received a five per cent indigenous match.

When you submit DNA, Currie explained, the genealogy site notifies you of any matches with other members of the site and provides information about that connection, such as whether a match is a first, second or third cousin.

“I recognized a lot of names there. It was funny, I just had a feeling of dread doing it. I was a little scared because you never know what you’re going to find,” Currie said in an interview with CTVNews. California.

From time to time, Currie said, a notification would inform him of new matches.

Then in June 2019, a notification appeared saying “immediate sibling.”

“I was shocked,” Currie said.

A man named Todd explained that he and his twin brother, Scott, were his biological siblings who had been put up for adoption and were now searching for their family.

With more questions needing answers, Todd sent Currie an adoption document written by a social worker, which described his mother, Shirley.

Currie recalled reading the document and immediately recognizing it was his mother. As for the descriptions of his father on the form, Currie described them as “a mess” and said they didn’t match those of his father, Chic.

“I assumed he was my mother’s boyfriend at the time (my parents) broke up,” Currie said. He later learned that this assumption was wrong. She and her twins also had the same father.

A shocking discovery

Currie said his parents married in 1960 and separated 10 years later, after having three children.

Raised in Bienfait, Sask., Currie, her brother Kelly and sister Teresa stayed with their father for three years while their mother was away. Currie said her mother “needed to find herself” during this time apart.

While they were separated, Currie said, his parents tried to reconcile. Currie didn’t know it at the time, but his mother became pregnant with the twins while her parents were working on their relationship. They decided to give the babies up for adoption and Currie didn’t find out about the twins until Todd texted him.

All Currie knew was that his mother had returned.

“We reunited our family and had a wonderful, loving, happy family for 40 years.”

Decades after her parents reconciled, Currie faced what she called the “emotional part.” After receiving Todd’s message, she asked herself, “How do I confront my mom?”

A teary-eyed Currie said she explained to her mother what the ancestry kit revealed and the twins’ interest in meeting them. Then her mother collapsed.

“I was very sad about what had happened, (but) I was very excited for us to meet,” Currie said.

Pam Currie’s parents and long-lost twin brothers are seen in the image above after being reunited. From left to right, Todd, Shirley, Chic and Scott. (Photo provided by Pam Currie)

Currie says her mother hadn’t planned to tell anyone about the adoption, but when the siblings found out, she changed her mind about how she felt.

“The fact that she was going to keep this secret for [her] last few days, he was instantly emotional,” Currie said.

When they gathered the family and revealed the news of his long-lost siblings, Currie said, his father was initially hesitant. But he noticed and his brother and sister were excited.

Family meeting

Currie said he spoke to his twin brothers via Skype and text messages in the three weeks leading up to their big reunion.

She discovered that the twins, Todd and Scott, lived in Moose Jaw, Sask., just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from their birth parents.

That trip to the twins’ house was filled with feelings of caution and anticipation, Currie said.

Alan Jackson’s “The Older I Get,” a country song about learning what matters most as you get older, played in the background during that trip, he recalled.

When they arrived, a friend and photographer who lived next door to the twins captured the emotional moments.

Pam Currie and her brother Todd hug during their family reunion. (Photo provided by Pam Currie)

Pam Currie’s mother, Shirley, shares an emotional reunion with her sons, Todd and Scott. (Photo provided by Pam Currie)

And although they were strangers, some things clicked immediately.

“We’re a family of lip-kissers. When we went to meet these men we’d never met before, it was an automatic kiss on the lips. It was pretty fabulous,” Currie said.

“They made daddy and Kelly t-shirts. They made us a cake that had our little family of seven little stick figures on it,” Currie said.

Pam Currie’s father, Chic, and brother, Kelly, pose for a photo during the family reunion. The twin brothers made them t-shirts. (Photo provided by Pam Currie)

Currie said this was the start of many family reunions and they would soon be traveling to visit the twins every two weeks.

Regards for the whole life

As her sister-in-law suggested, Currie and her siblings decided to audition for Family Feud and recorded an episode in December 2019.

“The dynamic between the two of them and the three of us, it seemed like they were our brothers. We instantly had those connections. (That) joking atmosphere you have with your family.”

“We’re making new memories,” Currie said.

Pam Currie and her siblings at Family Fued (Photo provided by Pam Currie)

She said their first Christmas together was just for the seven of them.

“We just wanted to experience Christmas together. My sister bought us a Christmas tree, all the decorations and Christmas sweaters.”

Currie said they had a sleepover at his parents’ house.

“Todd calls Mom and Dad every night to talk about their day. He’s very sad about missing our life. Does he have any animosity? No, none at all. Neither does Scott,” Currie said.

Currie said the family meets monthly but not all at the same time.

When asked how he could never have met his twin brothers if he hadn’t taken the DNA test, Currie said: “It saddens me. The fact that my mother lived with that secret her entire life is heartbreaking. Now “We can live the rest of our fulfilled lives. I’m glad we did it. There are no regrets.”

Currie urges those who are curious about their genealogy and considering taking a similar test to “just do it.”

“You’re either going to have a good relationship with these people, or you’re going to realize that no, you don’t want the disruption in your life, and then you’re just going to choose not to do it,” Currie said.

As for Currie and his new family, their happy ending story continues.

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