Social media reunites Broken Arrow man with long-lost sister from Brazil


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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 11/08/2013 11:09 am Published: 11/07/2013 3:12 pm


A Green Country family is reunited thanks to social media.

A viewer in Broken Arrow wrote to FOX23 after he discovered he had a long-lost sister living in Brazil.

It all started with a friend request sent to George Gillepsie's nephew, Chris.

"And he replied back, 'Do I know you?' So I said, 'No,'" said Gillespie.

The woman was Lee Williams, a complete stranger living in Brazil who looked oddly familiar.

Chris emailed his uncle asking if the woman bore a strong resemblance to his grandmother and wondering if she was somehow family.

"Just like my mother. As a matter of face she even has the split in her teeth like I do," said Gillespie.

Through email and Skype, Gillespie realized the 83-year-old woman was his sister. She'd been adopted out of Omaha, Neb., in 1930 before any of his other siblings were born and given a fake birth certificate.

The fake certificate listed different names for her parents.

Williams always kept her U.S. citizenship, so when she had to renew her passport, she wrote to Omaha to get her birth certificate and she got the real one.

That was in 1948, and it wasn't until she was researching the history of a friend's family on the internet that she discovered her own.

"I went back in and looked for Gillespie. I hate Facebook, but Facebook and Google were the two that brought me here," she said.

"Social networking is really changing the world, it's bringing a lot of people together," said Gillespie.

"It's a very sad story, and it's a very beautiful story, because the finale was wonderful," said Williams.

Of the now seven Gillespie kids born between 1930 and 1943, only four are still alive, and on Thursday night they were all together for the first time.

George said his parents never mentioned the baby girl they gave up so many years ago.

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