“All in the Family”: Australian Woman Finds Out her Fiancé is Actually her Half Brother

UPDATE: Claims have been published later claiming the original story is fictional.

You might want to research your fiancé’s ancestry carefully. An Australian woman found out her fiancé, the man she describes as her “soulmate”, is actually her half brother. She said the pair “had an instant connection” upon meeting and soon fell head over heels for each other.

“After a year of dating, we got engaged. We finally moved in with one another a month ago and our wedding is in six weeks. Beyond the normal little domestic naggings, things have been perfect. He’s my soulmate. I don’t know what I’d do without him.”

While working on wedding invitations, the future mother-in-law casually mentioned the future groom’s father is actually his step-father. The soon-to-be bride asked to see a picture of the real father and nearly passed out when she saw it: it was a picture of her father.

You can read the full story in an article in the news.com.au web site at: https://goo.gl/wG4Nzj.


This has since been exposed as a phony story.


    Christopher Schuetz December 17, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Newspapers these days do not have enough staff to check stories as before. And sensation sells. A couple of years ago there was a local bumper sticker “Is it true or did you read in the … [insert local major newspaper name here]?”
    Great training for evaluating online family trees!


Dick, it appears Mark Roy is right. If you go to the link you give in your article above, https://goo.gl/wG4Nzj, it is reported as of 1.14 pm December 16 that the story is a hoax.


Throwing out books! Have you ever considered a genealogical yard sale. I’m sure there are many people who would find some of you old books useful. I spent several years looking for one book that I eventually found by accident. Are there any museums, libraries etc. in your area that might enjoy a few of them? Look at the money you could earn to invest in new books.


    —> are there any museums, libraries etc. in your area that might enjoy a few of them?

    As I mentioned in the article:

    “Local libraries don’t seem to want these cut-apart books; they already have space problems of their own and are already throwing away lesser-used books by the hundreds. The last thing they want is more old books, especially if the book is already available in electronic format. Major genealogy libraries typically don’t want the books either as they usually already have copies of the books that I am digitizing.”

    I am sure there are a few exceptions. See one earlier comment from the Fort Fairfield Public Library for one such exception. However, most libraries are already fighting for shelf space and the books I own typically are not all that rare. The two local libraries near me and one genealogy library a bit further away that I asked have already declined the offer. The typcial reply is “We don’t have the room” or “We already have that one.” (or both)


    Our local library has a “Friends of” support group. One of the ways they raise money for the library is by running occasional book fairs. They start with a book drive where they ask for people to drop off any books they no longer want in bins set up for the purpose at the library. This is followed by a one or two day long book fair where they sell the books for whatever they can get. Any books that don’t sell are either donated on to a nearby VA hospital or trashed.


About 15 years ago I had students in my history class tell me that everything they wrote in their term papers must be true “we found it on the Internet!”


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