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Irmgard, Jake and Jane at Plitt reunion (Greg Halpern)

Clan-Do Spirit

A genealogical surprise led the author to ask: What does it take to be one of the family?

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Meanwhile, as word of the DNA results spread, Jane Plitt sent out an e-mail saying, "The Plitt branches are ancestrally distinct, but the choice to embrace each other as family, regardless of religion or DNA data, remains very real." I find it reassuring, if odd, that even news of ancestrally distinct DNA hasn't ruptured the "family."

Jake Halpern is the author of Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction. He lives in Connecticut.

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