Sisters Who Found Out about Each Other Two Years Ago Meet for the First Time after 73 Years

Lois Oladejo
Dec 13, 2021
03:00 P.M.
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Christmas came early for two long-lost sisters, who met for the first time in 73 years after discovering they were related. Find out their remarkable story.

Despite being sisters, Linda Hoffman and Harriet Carter have lived for over seven decades without ever seeing each other. However, that was not of their own making.  

The sisters never knew they were related and only met by a perfect accident nearly two years ago after signing up on Ancestry.com. 

Siblings who met for the first time after 73 years. | Photo: YouTube/Denver7 – The Denver Channel

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Hoffman told the Denver Channel she got a message from Harriet saying they could be related. She also revealed: "We were 100% match, but our parents never told a soul ever."

It turned out that Carter was placed for adoption when she was born 76 years ago by her parents, who were 18 at the time of her birth. 

Hoffman, 73, was born three years after Carter. However, her parents never told her about her older sister and took their secrets to their graves when they died decades ago. 

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After discovering they were sisters, Carter and Hoffman connected over the phone. Since then, they have been talking to each other almost daily. The sisters wanted to meet each other in person afterward but could not do so immediately due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, the moment the long-lost sisters had been waiting for finally came last Tuesday when they met each other for the first time in their lives. 

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Carter left her home in Sacramento, California, and flew to Denver International Airport to meet with her sister. As soon as Hoffman spotted her at the airport, she said

"Oh my God, that's her." 

The siblings embraced each other for the first time in their lives. Afterward, Hoffman gushed over Carter and confessed that she looked so much like their mom. 

Siblings who met for the first time after 73 years. | Photo: YouTube/Denver7 – The Denver Channel

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The excited sisters kept admiring each other and could not quit staring at one another. Then, before leaving the airport, they caught up and looked at old pictures that Hoffman had brought. 

The pictures gave Carter a glimpse of the memories she missed with her family. While they were looking at a photo, Hoffman said, "This picture is sad because you're not in it." 

Siblings who met for the first time after 73 years. | Photo: YouTube/Denver7 – The Denver Channel

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However, Carter chose to be philosophical about the new discoveries. She said seeing all those pictures showing the love, bonding, and closeness of her family now that she is older is "especially relevant."

When Carter arrived at her younger sister's home, she was met with a special Christmas decorations room. She admired everything she saw as she looked around the room and expressed her love for them. 

Siblings who met for the first time after 73 years. | Photo: YouTube/Denver7 – The Denver Channel

The long-lost sisters are not mulling over the time they have missed. Instead, they will cherish the remaining time they have with each other.

Hoffman believes they found each other when they were supposed to, while Carter thinks everything happens when it is supposed to. Looking at how things turned out for them in the end, one must agree with them. 

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