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I have learned this year to never give up hope. Thirty years ago, while paging through my dad's Bible, I came across the family section where my dad entered the name of his wife and son. What confused me at the age of 13 was the fact that the names were not that of my mother or brother. When we questioned this, we were told that dad had a first wife and son when he lived in the South, but they were both killed in a train accident. We never heard anything more about it. Our dad was killed in an accident a couple of years after we found out about his first family.
I always kept my dad's Bible, and I always wondered about my half-brother. In my heart, he was always my brother and a part of our family, so the least I could do was search for the whole story and find where he was buried. As I grew older, I would look through my dad's things, hoping to find something that would give me more answers. I asked my dad's brothers and sisters about anything they knew. Everyone heard the same story we did. For some reason, I never gave up looking, never gave up hope.
Every year or so I would get out dad's Bible and search, put it away when I found nothing, and repeat. I would search the internet, using the dates and places that were entered in the Bible. Searching cemetery rosters, obituaries, schools, newspapers all led to dead ends. But I never gave up hope. He was out there, and I was going to find him. About 10 years ago, I was getting vague information of my brother on the internet. That's when I started to believe that I may be looking for more than an obituary and headstone. In 2007 I wrote a letter to someone whom I thought may be my brother, but that turned into a dead end. In 2008 I posted a story on a genealogy website detailing the information I had. In 2009 I obtained a copy of his birth certificate and a copy of my dad's marriage license to his mom. Each year I was gradually increasing the information I had.
2014 was the year everything came together. At the end of May, a stranger that read my story from 2008 on the genealogy website sent me a message. He told me that after reading my story he did some searching and found the obituary of my brother's mother; she died this year. The obituary said my brother is a surviving child. My brother, sister and I met our half-brother in August. He knew nothing about us and has been trying to find his dad for many years. To say it was amazing is an understatement! We couldn't have picked a better person to be our big brother! With hope and a Bible, our family is complete!
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