At that point, a self-identity I had had for my entire life – this Irish-American identity – was thrown into question.
For the first time I realised that I didn’t really know for certain what my background was.” That uncertainty spawned a lot of questions for Sparber.
Her name was Patricia, and she was the granddaughter of Irish emigrants.
DNA can reveal a lot, and not everybody is ready for that.” Getting a DNA test gave Sparber a newfound sense of identity – as well as a huge number of new relatives.
He is now in touch with between 20 and 30 new cousins.
Damian Loftus: “I wanted to prove I had Irish ancestry.
When the test came back as 58 per cent Irish, I could say it for sure.”.