Woman's search for dad
PUBLISHED: 12:43 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:32 05 May 2010
A 38-YEAR-OLD woman has met her father for the first time, after using the internet to track him down. Sharon Emery, of Bedford Road in Letchworth GC, has known the name of her biological father, John Ford, since she was eight. The mother-of-five said: I
A 38-YEAR-OLD woman has met her father for the first time, after using the internet to track him down.
Sharon Emery, of Bedford Road in Letchworth GC, has known the name of her biological father, John Ford, since she was eight.
The mother-of-five said: "I think as I got older it was always on my mind. I wasn't settled. Every now and then it would crop up and I would think about him, but it was quite scary to do anything about it.
"Many times I have typed his name into the computer to see what came up on the internet and didn't get anywhere.
"This year I subscribed to Genes Reunited so I could gain access to birth certificates. I had limited information but I knew he had younger twin brothers. I looked through the birth records and it all seemed to tally but all I learned was my dad's middle name initial.
"I then went on Friends Reunited and there were links with this name. I took a chance and wrote a letter and it was him."
Mr Ford was completely unaware he had a daughter and admitted he could not remember her mother Doreen Emery, 63, who he had met during a night out with friends at Baldock Working Men's Club in 1969 when he was 24.
He said: "When I first read the letter it was not a normal feeling, it felt quite numbing.
"Now I have got a daughter and five grandchildren that are actually part of me because I have always had step kids and never had any of my own. So I have gone from having four stepchildren to having a tribe!"
Sharon said: "I received a hand-written letter from him and he sent me an old photo of himself. I still had some doubts but I looked for similarities and I was convinced we had the same chin and that kept me going."
A subsequent DNA test arranged through an internet firm proved the retired plumber, who is 62 and lives in Norfolk, was indeed her father and he met his daughter for the first time at a pub in Shefford earlier this month.
Sharon said: "I was full of butterflies and really nervous and excited. We had a lot to talk about.
"After we both stopped crying, I felt instantly comfortable. He said initially it was difficult, but by the time we left each other he said he could feel a bond and that made my day. It couldn't have gone any better. It was brilliant."
Mr Ford is visiting his daughter in her home today (Thursday) to meet his five grandchildren, aged between four and 16, for the first time.