Many people stumble across family secrets in their lives, but this week we’ve seen revelations from someone far more public than most. Oprah Winfrey, appearing on her television show on Monday, revealed that she has a long-lost half-sister. You can see a little of this encounter below:
Oprah’s sister, Patricia, was given up for adoption in 1963, when Oprah was living with her father and unaware of her mother’s pregnancy. Patricia had been searching for her birth parents for some time, but had previously been told by the adoption agency that her mother didn’t want to get back in touch with her. Patricia used a combination of records and DNA testing to get in touch with Oprah’s niece, and through this made the connection to Oprah herself.
The story is a fascinating one, and a reminder of the search that so many adoptees face when trying to find out where they came from. Many of the tools that come in handy for family history are useful for locating living relatives as well, so if you’re searching for family members yourself it’s very much worth trying to build a family tree and piece together the puzzle.