Oregon Woman Meets Twin After 78 Years Apart

The following teaser is from an article posted in the May 7, 2014 edition of CBSNews.com

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ALBANY, Ore. — Her entire life, Ann Hunt believed she was an only child.

Growing up in England, she used to pretend to be a twin, CBS affiliate KVAL-TV in Eugene reports.

Friends warned her “that will come back to you one day,” she said. “But isn’t it lovely coming back to a thing like this?”

One of her daughters delved into the family’s geneology and discovered, after 78 years, Hunt’s birth mother had given her up for adoption to focus on her twin sister, who needed medical attention.

Hunt’s twin, Elizabeth Hamel, lived half a world away from Aldershot, England, in Albany, Oregon.

Hunt’s daughter wrote a letter to Hamel about the discovery.

“I do get mail from England,” Hamel said, “but I was surprised when I saw Aldershot because we were born in Aldershot.”

Read the full article.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

1 thought on “Oregon Woman Meets Twin After 78 Years Apart”

  1. I grew up believing that I was an only child. My birthmother, however, had a child before she had me and I did not find out about this until I was 28. He knew about me for many years, though but he was not able to get any information about me until I learned of him. We met for the first time soon after I learned about him.

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