Dating wifes cousin
It was the first time I had ever laid eyes on somebody who was biologically related to me.
It was startling, because I went from knowing nothing at all to knowing everything in a matter of minutes.
“First, the test confirmed that I had Irish ancestry, so that put my mind at ease slightly.
But then around six months later, a first cousin popped up on the system.
“When I was researching, I read about people who found out family secrets that ended up destroying their families.
Most of the time, these are distant cousins – anywhere as distant as fourth, fifth or sixth – but when Sparber did his test, he was connected to a first cousin.
“I went with a friend and we spent five days in Sligo, just driving around the area. He grew up in the hills by the sea, and then ended up over here in County Durham by the sea as well.
It made me wonder if he might have been nostalgic for Sligo.” Loftus’s great-grandfather was Anthony Loftus.
He believes that it was during a summer she spent back home in Alaska that he was conceived.
He has not been able to find out definitively who his biological father was, but he has narrowed them down to two candidates.
Some of her friends locally knew, and the man that ended up being her first husband knew too. I spoke to her sister and she said they always suspected that there was something like that going on, but I was always a rumour until I turned up.” Sparber had previously taught a class on DNA genealogy at a historical society.