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Columbia County man to meet biological brother for first time

March 29, 2017 06:36 PM

Edward Kiernan of Stuyvesant, with his wife Nancy Thomas-Kiernan, sent off a DNA sample to Ancestry.com several years ago.

"My sister-in-law put it out on some Ancestry.com website, and three or four years later, she called me and said that we had a match.  There was a cousin," said Kiernan.

He was curious.  

He was adopted, growing up in Queens as the son of adoptive parents Edward and Alice Kiernan.  His police officer father was the head of the New York City police union.

But when it came to his biological family, he only had the names on his birth certificate: his birth mother's, and his: John Thomas Reardon.
 
But the Ancestry match started research and communication, and he found a living brother, George, who called him two weeks ago.  

"Kind of trepidatious because I've never met any of these people and I didn't know until just recently that I had blood relatives," said Kiernan.  "So it was kind of mixed feelings.  I needed a little time to get my hands around it and get comfortable with it, but I'm looking forward to meeting my blood brother quite soon."

He found their parents were Cecilia Reardon and John Thomas Noble.  Noble came to this country from Ireland in the 1920s.

Ed got a picture of his biological father and he is excited about the resemblance.  

His brother George is seven years younger.

"He seems like a great guy and he's very excited to have a big brother," said Kiernan, with a smile.  "So I'm going to hold that over his head and tell his wife that if he gets out of line, she can always threaten and say, I'm going to call your big brother up."

He's also happy to fill in a lot of important gaps in his medical background.

While Edward didn't know he had a sibling, George knew for many years that he had a brother out there somewhere.

Now they're set to meet this weekend.
 

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