In 1949, Genevieve Purinton, then 18, gave birth to a baby girl. When she asked to see her daughter, she was told the baby had died in childbirth. In reality, the infant was taken away from her and put in an orphanage, presumably because Purinton was not married.
The baby, Connie Moultroup, was later adopted by a California family and went on to live a full life, not finding out until she was 69 who her birth mother was and how they might meet.
Moultroup was able to track down Purinton with an Ancestry DNA kit, a Christmas gift from 2017. The results revealed the name of her mother, and from there it was fairly simple to track down the telephone number of a cousin, who was able to put the separated mother and daughter back in contact over the phone.
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For Moultroup, who now lives in Vermont, this was the realization of a lifelong dream:
"It's been a lifetime of wanting this. I remember being 5 years old, wishing I could find my mother."
This 88-year-old mother has reunited with the daughter she thought had died at birth 69 years ago… https://t.co/YcigZ8GeLO— CNN (@CNN)1544138463.0
@CNN I am smiling with you ladies, such a wonderful story and the feeling brings a happy tear to my eye!— DottieBee (@DottieBee)1544138727.0
@CNN So happy they were reunited. So sad human beings of any era thought telling a young mother her baby died & was the “moral” decision.— Erin Nicole (@Erin Nicole)1544139255.0
@CNN How tragic and wonderful at the same time!— CH (@CH)1544141145.0
Moultroup's existence came as a huge surprise to Purinton, whose eight siblings have all passed on, and who had no other children during her life. She thought she was completely alone.
She explained what happened the day her daughter was born:
"I said I wanted to see the baby. They told me she died."
@txadopteerights This happened to a mother and daughter who posted their story on my blog as well...https://t.co/IWkyeI5qzl— Brianne Kirkpatrick (@Brianne Kirkpatrick)1544030269.0
@txadopteerights This is literally a crime. Listen to this woman's unjust, painful expereince. Sealed records harbo… https://t.co/7pBcEaDwhv— Marci Purcell (@Marci Purcell)1544036932.0
@DebbieKennett That is awesome but so sad she went that long thinking she'd lost her child. That time in our histor… https://t.co/Qm9AHglEuH— Theresina Lloyd (@Theresina Lloyd)1544110898.0
@DebbieKennett how sweet and terrible and sad. so incredibly sad.— Libby Copeland (@Libby Copeland)1544106619.0
The pair first spoke on September 8, and what began as an introductory phone all quickly turned into "bi-weekly chats." Before long, Moultroup decided to travel to Florida to meet her birth mother.
@euronews Oh wow! ❤️ It must have felt like being in paradise❗️— Clau (@Clau)1544082705.0
They finally met on Monday, December 3. It was a happy reunion full of tears and hugs.
Moultroup told Yahoo! News:
"She couldn't deny me if she wanted to — we look exactly alike. We have the same facial features, bad knees, and we've both had heart attacks and strokes."
As it turns out, Genevieve is not alone. She now has a daughter, granddaughter, and great grandchildren. "It's bee… https://t.co/TZPQCxnIN8— Dolly Loretta Russo (@Dolly Loretta Russo)1544022088.0
In what is perhaps the story's most heartwarming twist, Purinton has found not only a daughter, but also grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Six months ago, she thought she had no one and now she's part of an extended family. And all thanks to some snooping with a DNA kit!