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Google Helps Woman Find Her Biological Family

Ebony Keck was given up for adoption when she was two-years-old, and has wondered about the family from which she was separated ever since. Almost 20 years later, the young Pennsylvania woman is set to reunite with her birth family, all because of a simple, instant Web search. Keck currently lives with a friend’s grandmother, and one day, because she was “just bored,” she decided to google herself.

Keck told CNN that after clicking on one of the first search results, a link to adoption.com, “My full name, my birth date, my mom’s name, my birth certificate” all popped up. “I just screamed,” she said. Keck’s sister had been searching for her since 2006, but had experienced no luck until Ebony whimsically decided to search herself. Ebony called her previously unknown family members and learned that, even though her birth mother had recently passed away, she had the one sister, two older brothers, and a crew of nieces and nephews — all of whom she plans to meet in person very soon.

In 2007, separate studies revealed that about half of all US citizens have at some point googled their own, or an acquaintance’s, name, but that number has surely increased by now. If anyone remains who hasn’t typed their own name into a search bar, Ms. Keck’s heartwarming story should certainly provide adequate inspiration.

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