Carol's story was very interesting to say the least. It isn't as if the
surname was Schwartz, or Goldberg. My vote is for "Lab Error." We have all
been victim of such errors for far simpler lab tests. I think somebody "fell
asleep at the wheel."
I think the two families should adopt each other as family !
My personal experience has been this.
When the DNA testing was first offered through JewishGen, we discussed the
issue with our Rabbi since my younger son was about to be married. The
reason this issue came up was because one of my husband's 1st cousins (who he
had not had contact with in over 40 years), the son of his father's brother,
said they were Cohanim. News to my husband. If his 1st cousin was a Cohane
then it follows he was also. Why not get the DNA test to prove it. Well,
the bottom line was that the Rabbi said that for purposes of determining that
line, the DNA test were not reliable.
So, perhaps reliability is the issue in Carol's case. If we did not have
DNA testing the two families would have accepted each other as family. So
forget the DNA ! Enjoy your new family.
Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Shaker Hts., Ohio
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