Woman’s DNA Test Revealed A Shocking Family Secret | Megyn Kelly TODAY

Woman’s DNA Test Revealed A Shocking Family Secret | Megyn Kelly TODAY


GNZ GEN Z GEN Z. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED TAKING ONE OF THOSE DNA TESTS? DID YOU EVER STOP BECAUSE YOU WERE AFRAID WHERE IT MIGHT LEAD? YOU’RE NOT ALONE. TODAY WE’RE TALKING DNA SECRETS. ON OUR NEXT GUEST’S 56th BIRTHDAY HER FOUR OLDER SIBLINGS GAVE HER AN AT-HOME DNA TEST. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW IT WOULD CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER. WATCH THIS.>>I WAS THE YOUNGEST OF FIVE CHILDREN. I THINK I HAD A PRETTY HEALTHY, NORMAL, PRETTY FUNCTIONAL CHILDHOOD. MY PARENTS WERE VERY FAMILY ORIENTED, VERY COMMITTED TO THEIR CHILDREN ANDED TO GIVING US A SOLID START IN OUR LIVES. MY FATHER HAD A VERY STRONG WORK ETHIC AND HE TAUGHT THAT TO HIS CHILDREN. I’VE BEEN THE AMATEUR FAMILY AGAINIOLOGIST FOR ABOUT — I STARTED 30 YEARS AGO. I REALLY ENJOYED DOING RESEARCH ON THE FAMILY. I FOUND MY DAD’S SIDE OF THE FAMILY WE’RE RELATED TO WYATT EARP. MY PSZ BROTHERS AND SISTERS CAME TOGETHER TO GIVE ME THE DNA TEST FOR ALL OF THEM. I WAS VERY QUICK ABOUT GETTING IT IN TO GET THE RESULTS BACK. IT MATCHES YOU TO PEOPLE WHO ALSO TESTED WITH THAT SAME COMPANY SO YOU COULD SEE WHO YOU SHARE DNA WITH. IT WOULD SORT MATCHES BY WHO YOU SHARE THE MOST WITH. SEVERAL MONTHS LATER MY OLDEST BROTHER DECIDED HE WAS GOING TO TAKE THE TEST AS WELL. HIS RESULTS CAME IN. THERE WAS SOMEBODY ELSE I SHARED MORE DNA WITH THAN I DID MY OWN BROTHER, WHICH WAS VERY ODD TO ME I SHARED MORE DNA WITH A TOTAL STRANGER THAN I DO WITH THE MAN I GREW UP WITH. THAT DIDN’T MAKE SENSE TO ME. FROM THERE I REACHED OUT TO THE DNA TESTING COMPANY. AND THE WOMAN ON THE OTHER END OF THIS CHAT IMMEDIATELY KNEW WHAT SHE WAS LOOKING AT, AND SHE TYPED BACK, THAT MEANS HE IS YOUR HALF BROTHER. I LOOKED AT THE SCREEN AND I JUST BACKED UP. THERE WAS THIS LONG AWKWARD PAUSE. I KNEW AT THAT MOMENT THAT WHAT I WAS SEEING WAS NOT NATURAL, WHICH MEANT I WAS ABOUT TO BLACK OUT. THIS PERSON I DIDN’T KNOW WAS CLEARLY A PATERNAL MATCH.>>WOW, WHAT KATHERINE FOUND OUT FROM HER DNA TEST WAS THAT THE MAN WHO RAISED HER WAS NOT HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER. SHE JOINS US NOW. KATHERINE, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>THAT’S EMOTIONAL FOR YOU. YOU’RE TEARING UP WHILE YOU WATCH THAT?>>YEAH. FEELING THAT PAIN CAME BACK.>>IT’S NOT — IT’S INTERESTING FOR PEOPLE ON THE OUTSIDE, BUT FOR SOMEBODY WHO IS LIVING IT, IT CAN BE KIND OF DEVASTATING IN THE MOMENT.>>OH, IT WAS. IT WAS. I FEEL LIKE I’VE COME A LONG WAY IN THE PAST 15 MONTHS SINCE I MADE MY DISCOVERY. BUT GOING BACK AND RELIVING IT BY WATCHING THIS RIGHT NOW BROUGHT IT ALL BACK.>>SO WHEN THE WOMAN SAID TO YOU, THAT MEANS HE’S YOUR HALFS THOUGHT WAS YOUR FULL BIOLOGICAL BROTHER GROWING UP. DID YOU REALIZE THAT’S WHEN IT MEANT, HE WAS YOUR HALF BROTHER? WHAT THAT MEANT ABOUT YOUR PARENTS AND SO ON.>>MY RESPECT FOR SCIENCE WAS TELLING ME THIS WAS A FACT THAT I NEEDED TO ACCEPT BUT MY HEART WAS HAVING A REAL HARD TIME WITH IT BECAUSE IT NEVER, EVER, EVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT THIS COULD EVEN BE POSSIBLE.>>THEN YOU HAVE TO START TO WONDER, LIKE, WELL, IS THIS TRUE — WHAT’S THE DEAL FOR ME AND ALL MY SIBLINGS? HOW DO WE ARE E TO ONE ANOTHER.>>IT MADE ME QUESTION EVERYTHING.>>WHAT DID YOU FIND OUT, THEY ARE ALL, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, FULL BIOLOGICAL SIBLINGS, AND YOU ARE THE ONE THAT IS A HALF TO THEM.>>OF MY FOUR SIBLINGS I GREW UP WITH, THREE OF THEM TESTED SO FAR. THEY HAVE CONFIRMED THEY ARE FULL SIBLINGS AND THEY SHARE DNA WITH OUR DAD’S SIDE OF THE FAMILY. I’M THE ODD ONE OUT.>>YOU DON’T.>>I DON’T.>>WERE YOUR PARENTS ALIVE WHEN YOU GOT THAT RESULT?>>NO, THEY HAD BEEN PASSED AWAY YEARS BEFORE.>>SO NOW YOU HAVE TO BECOME A DETECTIVE.>>YES.>>TO FIGURE OUT, WHAT’S THE STORY THERE.>>YES.>>SO WHAT DID YOU DO?>>THE FIRST THING I DID WAS TRY TO DETERMINE WHO THIS FIRST PERSON WAS I SHARED THE MOST DNA WITH. SO I REACHED OUT THROUGH E-MAIL TO THIS PERSON. FORTUNATELY FOR ME SHE RESPONDED IMMEDIATELY. AND BETWEEN THE TWO OF US, WE DID OUR OWN DIGGING AROUND AND ASKING QUESTIONS AND FIGURED OUT THAT MY MOTHER WORKED FOR HER DAD FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME BACK IN 1960. AND SHE SAID I’M CERTAIN I’M YOUR HALF SISTER.>>SO YOU AND SHE ARE HALF SISTERS THROUGH YOUR FATHER.>>THROUGH MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER.>>ITALY YOUR BIOLOGICAL FATHER, NOT THE MAN WHO RAISED YOU.>>EXACTLY.>>IS THERE A REASON SHE WAS MORE RELATED TO YOU ON THE DNA TEST THAN YOUR BROTHER? THEY ARE BOTH HALF SIBLINGS?>>THERE’S AN AVERAGE RATING ON HOW THEY DETERMINE WHO HALF SIBLINGS ARE VERSUS WHO WHOLE SIBLINGS ARE. SHE WAS WITHIN THAT RANGE, SHE JUST HAPPENED TO SHARE A LITTLE MORE DNA THAN MY BROTHER DID.>>SO NOW YOU’RE SITTING THERE SAYING, I’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THAT MAN.>>YES.>>I’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW MY MOM KNEW CATHERINE ST. CLAIR HAS RELISHED RESEARCHING HER FAMILY’S GENEALOGY. IN 2016 SHE FOUND OUT WITH THE HELP OF A DNA TEST THE FATHER WHO RAISED HER WAS NOT ACTUALLY HER BIOLOGICAL DAD. CATHERINE TURNED TO SOCIAL MEDIA FOR HELP FROM OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE GOING SOMEWHERE SIMILAR. SHE FOUND DNA NPE FRIENDS, AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT GROUP ON FACEBOOK FOR THOSE NOT PARENT EXPECTED. WELCOME BACK, CATHERINE.>>THANK YOU.>>CAN I ASK YOU, WAS THERE EVER ANY SIGN GROWING UP YOUR DAD WAS NOT YOUR BIOLOGICAL DAD.>>NONE AT ALL.>>NO CLUES.>>NONE.>>WHEN YOU HOOKED UP WITH THE WOMAN WHO HAPPENED TO BE YOUR HALF SISTER, WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOUR BIOLOGICAL DAD?>>I LEARNED HE WAS IN THE SAME TOWN WE GREW UP IN ALL THOSE YEARS. WE NEVER CROSSED PATHS. TWA US A SMALL TOWN. AND THIS HE HAD A DAUGHTER FROM HIS FIRST MARRIAGE AND A DAUGHTER FROM HIS SECOND MARRIAGE. THAT’S WHEN I LEARNED ABOUT MY SECOND SISTER I DIDN’T KNOW I HAD.>>DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MOM?>>NO.>>SO TO THIS MOMENT WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT HAPPENED. WE KNOW HOW IT HAPPENED. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, YOU DON’T KNOW THE STORY.>>I DO NOT KNOW THE EXTENT OF ANY RELATIONSHIP THEY MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAD.>>SHE WORKED IN HIS STORE.>>YES.>>WHAT KIND OF STORE WAS IT?>>IT WAS LIKE A GIFT SHOP.>>SO IT’S A MYSTERY YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE.>>I’LL NEVER KNOW. I’M GOING TO HAVE TO ACCEPT I’LL NOT HAVE ANSWERS I’D LIKE TO HAVE.>>THE SUPPORT GROUP, PEOPLE SAY WHY DO YOU NEED A SUPPORT GROUP? IT’S SHOCKING, JARRING, SEEING THE TEARS IN YOUYOUR EYES WHEN RAN THAT PIECE, IT’S DEEPER THAN THAT.>>IT’S A TRAUMA. I WOKE UP AND DECIDED I’M GOING TO CREATE A SUPPORT GROUP. INSTEAD I HAD BEEN ON FACEBOOK AND A PROMINENT RADIO PERSONALITY HAS A PAGE AND POSTED ON THERE, DNA TESTS ARE REALLY INTERESTING, WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR DNA TEST. I WENT, I LEARNED MY DAD WAS NOT MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER. I WALKED AWAY AND I HEARD A NOTIFICATION ON MY PHONE SOMEBODY WAS SENDING ME A TEXT. I THOUGHT IT WAS ONE OF MY FRIENDS. IT WAS A WOMAN I NEVER HEARD FROM BEFORE. IT WAS ONE SENTENCE, OH, MY GOD, I THOUGHT I WAS THE OM ONE. WE TEXTED FOR THREE HOURS STRAIGHT. WE CRIED, SHARED OUR FRUSTRATIONS, OUR FEAR. WE VALIDATED EACH OTHER. WE VALIDATED OUR FEELINGS. WE FOUND OUT WE WEREN’T CRAZY, WEREN’T FREAKS. AT THE END OF THAT THREE HOURS I SAID TO HER, NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR ME, NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR YOU, BUT I FEEL BETTER. JUST TALKING TO YOU, I FEEL BETTER. LATER SHE TOLD ME THAT WHILE WE WERE TEXTING DURING THAT THREE-HOUR PERIOD, EVERY TIME SHE WOULD TYPE SOMETHING TO ME, HER HEART WOULD POUND HARD IN HER CHEST AND SHE WOULD SAY, PLEASE, GOD, LET HER RESPOND AGAIN. I’VE GOT TO TALK TO THIS WOMAN. WE LEARNED FAST WE WERE HELPING EACH OTHER EVEN THOUGH NOTHING CHANGED. I SAID MAYBE WE CAN FIND FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE LIKE US, THEY WOULD HELP US FEEL BETTER AND WE COULD HELP THEM. IT WAS PURELY SELFISH MOTIVATION.>>HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE GROUP NOW?>>WE’RE PUSHING 3,000.>>WOW. DO YOU HAVE A RELATIONSHIP NOW WITH YOUR HALF SISTERS?>>I HAVE AN AMAZING RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM. WE ARE — I KNOW WE’RE PROBABLY IN THE HONEYMOON STAGE. WE LOVE EACH OTHER. I GOT TO MEET BOTH OF THEM. WE SPENT SOME TIME TOGETHER FOR MY ELDEST SISTERS BIRTHDAY.>>THEY LOOK A LITTLE LIKE YOU.>>WHEN I WALKED INTO THE RESTAURANT AND RAY ETTA WHO IS ON THE LEFT, THE HAIR ON THE BACK OF MY NECK STOOD UP BECAUSE I WAS LOOKING INTO MY EYES. I HAVE AN UNUSUAL COLOR OF EYES AND SHE HAS MY EYES.>>DID YOU EVER GROWING UP LOOK INTO YOUR PARENTS’ EYES AND SAY –>>MINE NEVER MATCHED MY PARENTS OR SIBLING BUT I THOUGHT THAT WAS MY SPECIAL THING.>>JUST SPEAKING ABOUT IT, EVEN

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  1. Im was orphan…everybody'..made mistakes…its a blessing to had a parentes…family of your own…so pity that people that had parents they taken for granted…please adore you parents…take care of them…respect them..take them in you love…cherish they legacy….

  2. Wow! Praise God she had the strength to respond the way she did! Thank God that there is a place now where so many people can get the validation that they so dearly need!

  3. Very poignant … Majority of the info is best found in a male relative. I have a friend who discovered his dad was not his dad after a simple blood type test done in school biology. Changed their family dynamic forever. He was only a young teenager and bore the guilt of being that messenger into adulthood. Your information came to you in a way that was perhaps for the best. G-d in His wisdom knows what each of us are able to bear 💓

  4. Every man should have every so called child of his DNA tested. A Fred Fox line in his show went "momma's baby papas maybe" He should emmediatly sue her and the other him if he had been parently defrauded.

  5. Be glad you had a father figure… Oh poor you… A lot of people had no male father figure in their life. Focus on the wrong things in life!

  6. Before the invention of birth control. this happened a lot, we are only finding out about it now with the DNA testing.

  7. Catherine, please check out if your dad is a Chimera (i.e. a person possessing two sets of DNA).

  8. People could not be so open then, and even now, women get killed for having natural feelings about other men besides their own husbands. I think it is all good.

  9. Had mine done and found out that Tesla's my 1st cousin. Couldn't figure out why l am always fixing things I know nothing about but always get it accomplished. Guess Im Blessed.

  10. Meagan's asking "Why the need for a support group" is a REALLY stupid question. EVERYONE deserves to know his/her genetic and medical background. ANYONE who found out that one of his parents had an affair that resulted in a child (especially if he or she IS that child) DESERVES to know the truth!

  11. I find it amazing that our local medical offices can’t find records a few years back but soooooo many years of DNA records saved for this long????? AMAZING.. Don’t fall for it.

  12. If I was adopted, or born ‘under’ a circumstance … and I had great parents… why to bother to know ‘who impregnated ‘ my mother??? Let’s be grateful! God bless you!

  13. “Kinda devastating in that moment?”
    Ya think!?
    Kinda?
    Are you out of your journalistic mind using a word like that when you see she’s crying?

  14. I can feel her amazement and pain and confusion… I did two DNA home kit testings, CRI Genetics & MyHeritage.com. I just want to not rely on just one finding, I wanted to compare two to see of any inconsistencies. There were a few, most overall both were telling me the same thing, that my Father wasn't my biological Father either. It's gets more interesting… in 2002, I consorted with a local radio guest Psychic. DIdn't ask her about love & finances, but simply; 'Are my Parents my real Parents?' It stumped her but she was excited to receive the vision to help me answer this. So she came back, told me my Mother is my real mother, we're very much alike. But as for my father, she couldn't get a clear vision, it was a gray area blocked by a legal proceeding that I was too young to remember. Interesting. So when I was back home in 2003, I confronted my Parents. My Mom got extremely upset. Defensive? Family secret? But my Father's response was classic, which also fueled my confusion more… 'As fas i know I am.' Okay, either you know, or you don't! How can you be so vague? Well, I understood it more when my Mom dropped a family secret bombshell on me one day a few years later. Her mother, was not her biological mother. It was her Grandmother. But her father was still her father. Hmm… I know right?! Wow! So back to my results, my region wasn't what I thought it was going to me according to my Parent's family's origins. I was mostly Northern European, Scottish, English, Welch, Irish. On MyHeritage, it gives you matching relatives ranging from 2nd to 3rd to 5th cousins, once, twice removed. So 80-90% of those relatives favored my Mother's Father. I mean, he's my Grandfather, there would be some, right? But I should favor more of my Parents. My mother's new discovery enlightened her to know she's 50% Italian (even a famous Crime Family) and mixed from her father. So I should lean towards my Mother's, right? Lesser percentages… nope, higher leaning towards me feeling that my Grandfather had his way with my Mom, he was an unusual drunk, and I was the next family secret. Now, my Dad may not actually know, but if the Psychic was right, if there was a legal proceeding, like birthrights, then he would know! And both of them would have lied to me to my face. People can lie, DNA doesn't. But this discovery could explain a lot of what's currently going on with my immediate family. My mother and I had a major falling out, like me being kicked out of my own apartment & her still living in it! I feel if this is true, then I could be a constant reminder of what happened to her back then. See we hadn't lived together since I was a teen, before the divorce. It was always daily visits or phone calls. Now on my Father's side, I had a falling out with them back in 2003. I am civil and in touch with my father, but now that I'm living back in my hometown, not just visiting, he still only sees me twice a year, my birthday and Christmas. I am the 'Blacksheep' of the family, guess someone has to be, huh? But this could also support his resistance, that if he actually knows this as well, then it also would explain how he treated me throughout my life. Not abusive, but resistant. I always felt out of place, even as a kid. So it's amazing I felt something way back then… but I'm 53 now, ex-Navy, disabled, love my children, have been single for over 15 yrs, finally accepting who I really am… a Nelson, not a Fatur. Don't get me wrong, Richard, the man who raised me, did so the best he could and I'm grateful for everything that was provided for me. That will never change, like my Mom stated after her discovery from her Uncle on his deathbed, 'All the players are gone, so what does it matter?' Well, my supposed Father is dead, since 1985, but my Mom is still alive, and I don't think she'll share this with me, maybe on her deathbed, but I'm not holding my breath! It's just now, from what I discovered on my own, what do I do with it? Still deciding…

  15. this whole show is absurd. its just paternity fraud. happens all the time when men marry trashy women who are not noble virgins and young ladies. before a potential father sings a birth certificate there should be a mandatory paternity test by law.

  16. I think some people do the DNA tests to find out nationality, but unconsciously something has felt "off" and that is what is really driving the decision to do one. I bought one to see if my dad was really my biological father, and by the time it arrived I decided I was really mad at my mom and just looking to find things wrong. I never took it.

  17. I have undertaken a DNA and heraldic test and this is gonna come as a shock to you because Megyn Kelly you are my second wife. It seems the Atlantic held no barriers now we have to get busy. I have to get my first wife packed up and all the documentation completed and we can get started in a fortnight> I've decided we wont sleep with each other for at least so we will be rattling away day and night. I will arrange for meals to be delivered and extra bin bags. I have a huge shower so big I could fit a pool table in there and naturally extracted spring water from my ell. So lets get busy.

  18. You guys are lucky! I have been an orphaned since I was 11 years old. To have a father or mother (or both) is a precious jewel 👑💍💎I really wanna experience how it is like to grow up with them and love them… 😕😯😢

  19. I just finished watching this video and was. My great-grandmother on my mother's side was also related to Wyatt Earp. According to family stories from childhood she is the daughter of one of his. Her family took the egg out of the last name because they were ashamed of Wyatt. As I said this is all family Laurel. It would be amazing if we were related even as far apart as it must be. I'm so glad I watch this.

  20. I understand the hurt and betrayal about being lied to your whole life, but blood isn't always thicker than water. Love makes family.

  21. Interesting story, just remember one important thing before you take a DNA- test! The companies are allowed to sell your info! 👎😡

  22. wonderful to see so many coming together from being found again and healing the soul.. Emotional Therapy from the core.

  23. The DNA tests for fun of curiosity could bring a big surprise to a lot of people and a lot of difficult explaining to do to a lot of mums and dads, but if your siblings have blue eyes and yours are brown do not panic, it's all in the genes

  24. I'm wondering if a DNA test would help my husband. His mother never told him that she was illegitimate and told him that his grandfather was her father and his wife was her mother. I had done my family history and he wanted me to do his and I found there was no father on his mother's birth certificate and that her grandfather had raised her because the mother didn't want her. I also found that the grandfather had been married twice and his first wife was the biological grandmother, not the woman who his mother told him was his grandmother. This has hurt my husband because his biological grandmother was living when he was 40 so he could have met her had his mother not kept it a secret from him. We didn't discover this until after his mother died but he would really like to know who his grandfather was.

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