ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was a family get-together almost 50 years in the making. Five siblings who have never met each other connected for the first time Sunday afternoon.
Sue Bayly says one word doesn’t describe the feeling of being together with four of her siblings under the same roof for the first time ever in her life. She says it was a priceless moment.
“I just felt there was something missing in my life,” she says, “and after talking with the other siblings, they all had the same feeling.”
Bayley is originally from Albany, and currently lives in Melbourne, Florida. She was adopted when she was 2 months old.
After her adopted parents passed away, Sue started a DNA-based search to find her birth parents and any possible siblings.
Sue logged onto Ancestry.com where she made progress locating two of her siblings. She says the biggest breakthrough was connecting with a group of angel investigators, called DNA detectives, on Facebook.
“She picked our story, and she just went to town through my DNA,” said Bayly. “She found two older sisters, one brother, and three other sisters.”
Bayly says she quickly felt chemistry with her siblings.
“We are already picking on our older brother,” Bayly said. “And he’s like ‘oh my gosh, I have sisters.’”
“When I first started to speak to sue, I felt like I had known here forever,” said Susan Smith, another of the reunited siblings. “It was something. I have other sisters, but this was something special.”
Now that the family has been united, grand-kids and cousins met for the first time.
The whole family agrees on making up for nearly 50 years of lost memories, starting immediately.
“I always wanted a big family, to have big holidays with, to have big dinners with, and to go to my brother and sister and talk,” said Bayly. “So it is really made me feel welcome; Welcomed and happy.”
“When you’re adopted, you don’t have that,” said Smith. “There’s a piece of the puzzle missing, and you don’t have that. You’re always searching for that piece for the puzzle. And so now, the puzzle is complete for us.”