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After 43 years, Edmonton woman finds her Newfoundland family

After decades of searching Andrea DelCol has finally found her Newfoundland family.
After decades of searching Andrea DelCol has finally found her Newfoundland family.

GANDER, N.L. — Andrea DelCol couldn’t contain her tears of joy as she talked about how, after decades of searching, she had finally found her Newfoundland family.

She was born in Gander, adopted as a baby, and raised by an Italian-German family in Ontario.

Searching from the time she was 18, past endeavours yielded little information.

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Continuing to search

Now living in Edmonton, Alta., after watching a three-part Global series on open adoption and receiving a few inspiring words from a woman that was in a similar situation, DelCol decided to start the search again.

She joined Facebook page Newfoundland and Labrador Adoptees on Nov. 20.

After posting her story, she was contacted by a member of the online group who used a few connections to dig a little deeper.

In a matter of hours, DelCol had a picture of her sister.

“She is the spitting image of me,” DelCol said.

In less than 24 hours, she was in contact with her sister.

It turns out her sister had been searching for her as well.

DelCol discovered that her family is originally from St. Brendan’s, she’s of Irish descent, her mother is still alive, she has six siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.

“It’s been a whirlwind emotionally, we were both in tears on the phone,” said DelCol. “It was the happiest moment of my life.”

DelCol will continue to reach out to the rest of her family, who are living in and working in different parts of the country.

She’s also looking to visit Newfoundland at some point to meet her mother and siblings, and visit St. Brendan’s.

She was born in Gander, adopted as a baby, and raised by an Italian-German family in Ontario.

Searching from the time she was 18, past endeavours yielded little information.

Related story:

Continuing to search

Now living in Edmonton, Alta., after watching a three-part Global series on open adoption and receiving a few inspiring words from a woman that was in a similar situation, DelCol decided to start the search again.

She joined Facebook page Newfoundland and Labrador Adoptees on Nov. 20.

After posting her story, she was contacted by a member of the online group who used a few connections to dig a little deeper.

In a matter of hours, DelCol had a picture of her sister.

“She is the spitting image of me,” DelCol said.

In less than 24 hours, she was in contact with her sister.

It turns out her sister had been searching for her as well.

DelCol discovered that her family is originally from St. Brendan’s, she’s of Irish descent, her mother is still alive, she has six siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.

“It’s been a whirlwind emotionally, we were both in tears on the phone,” said DelCol. “It was the happiest moment of my life.”

DelCol will continue to reach out to the rest of her family, who are living in and working in different parts of the country.

She’s also looking to visit Newfoundland at some point to meet her mother and siblings, and visit St. Brendan’s.

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