New York City resident Jonathan Williams believed he was an only child for nearly his entire life. He always wished he had a brother. Little did he know, he would receive the shock of his lifetime at the age of 65, only a few months after his mother passed away.
Jonathan’s mother, Rose, was 90 years old when she passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. She had been living in Jonathan’s home, and he and his wife were taking care of her. Jonathan loved his mother deeply, and felt he knew everything about her long life.
Since space in their house was limited, Rose had kept many of her belongings in the attic. In fact, much more than a few. It was quite the mess up there and Jonathan knew it would be a big effort to sort through everything. In early December of 2016, a few months after her death, Jonathan was finally beginning to feel like himself again and decided he would clean out the attic next month. He figured cleaning out the attic would be his first big project for 2017. However, one day in late December, he felt strangely compelled to go up there immediately.
As he climbed the stairs he had an unusual sensation as if the hairs on his body were standing up straight. It felt as if “something was in the air.” Jonathan looked around at the mess, and something immediately caught his attention. The light from the window was shining directly onto an old dusty shoebox. Jonathan had never seen this shoebox before, as it was an unusual combination of purple and maroon that he knew he would’ve remembered. Unknown to Jonathan, the contents of this shoebox were about to change his life forever.
He opened up the shoebox and beheld a collection of photos that he had never seen before. His mother was visible in all of them, but so was a baby that he knew couldn’t have been him. Rose had always written the date in red pen on the back of photos. All of these photos were dated, 1948, which is 3 years before Jonathan’s birth. He wondered, could this be one of my cousins in the pictures? But then he remembered, that his oldest two cousins were only 2 years older than him. They would not have been alive in 1948.
As he flipped through the photo’s Jonathan’s imagination was running wild. He began to wonder about the impossible – that he had a sibling he never knew about. It just did not make sense to him that his mother would have so many photos with someone else’s baby he thought. But he couldn’t believe that his mother could have another child and would never have told him. Then it finally hit him. He flipped to a picture of his mother breastfeeding the baby at the hospital. His jaw nearly broke through the attic floor. And when he flipped over to see what his mother had written on the photo, it was undeniable. Clearly written in his mother’s handwritting it said “June 10, 1948 – breastfeeding my 5-day old angel, Timothy Zachary Williams.”
Jonathan’s heart skipped a beat. “Oh my God!” he screamed out in shock and bewilderment. Jonathan’s wife, Claudia rushed up the stairs. She found Jonathan laying on the floor shaking, with a photo on the floor next to him. She picked it up and immediately knew!
It took 3 days for Jonathan to recover from the shock. Jonathan considered the possibilities. One possibility was that his mother gave birth to Timothy before Jonathan was born, and Timothy had died. If this was the case, perhaps Jonathan’s parents did not want to tell him for some reason. The other possibility was that Timothy was given up for adoption. Jonathan knew how loving his mother was, so he couldn’t imagine her giving a child up for adoption. But then again, he knew that his parents had a very tough time financially in the years before he was born.
Jonathan felt his whole life that “something was missing.” Could it be that it wasn’t SOMETHING missing but SOMEONE, he wondered. If his brother was still alive, he was determined to find him.
Jonathan was hopeful. He knew that many adopted children keep both their first and middle name, and only take on a new last name. He prayed that this was the case for Timothy Zachary. Jonathan also had one other value piece of information. The breastfeeding picture said “my 5-day old angel” and was dated June 10, 1948. Therefore, his brother’s birthday must be June 5, 1948.
Jonathan was dismayed to discover that every adoption agency told him that their records are private and could not give him any information at all. However, Jonathan knew he would find his brother. He went online and passionately began his search. He did endless Google searches, and browsed through every Timothy Zachary on Facebook and social media sites, but still had no luck. He spent 4 full days searching to no avail. Jonathan was determined he would find his brother and could not conceive the possibility of giving up. One late night, Jonathan was about to call it quits for the night. It was 2am. “I better get some sleep” he thought, and began closing all of his web browswer tabs. The last browser tab was a news site. He was so consumed by his search for his brother, he had not even looked at any of the headlines. As he nearly clicked the X to close the window something caught his eye! A headline on the news site jumped out him, it read “New Site Reveals Information, Even Google Can’t Find.”
He immediately clicked on the article headline and was instantly jolted with energy. According the article, a site called TruthFinder, was making it easy to find out information about anyone. On this new site, you could find public records, birth records, background reports, arrest records, addresses, phone numbers and lots of other information that is very difficult to find. In fact much of the information that TruthFinder has collected is not available anywhere else online.
Of course, Jonathan clicked through to TruthFinder immediately and began searching. In less than 20 minutes, after searching every state, Jonathan had solid leads. There were 5 people with with his brother’s first name (Timothy) and middle initial (Z) that were born on June 5, 1948. He was lucky that his brother’s middle intial was Z, as otherwise, he would have much more people to sort through.
Jonathan was ecstatic. TruthFinder had their phone numbers and addresses. “One of these guys is my brother, I know it!” he told his wife before going to sleep for the evening. Despite going to sleep late, he woke up at 8am, rejuvenated and determined. He grabbed his phone and started dialing!
He could not contain his excitement! The first number he dialed, a woman picked up. “Is Timothy there?” He asked, hoping that the information he found was accurate. “Yes, he is, can I ask who is calling?” “Hopefully his brother!” Jonathan replied. “What? Timothy doesn’t have a brother,” the woman answered. “Is Timothy adopted?” Jonathan asked. “As a matter of fact, yes,” she replied. “And do you happen to know if he was born on June 5, 1948 in Hempstead New York?” “Oh My God! Oh my God!” she exclaimed. She ran to her bedroom and shook her husband awake. Timothy was stunned and astounded to learn that not only did he have a brother but he was only 10 miles away for decades! They didn’t talk long before Jonathan was in his car and heading over to be re-united.
Jonathan and Timothy have been inseperable ever since! It has only been a few short weeks so far, but they are so close, that you’d swear they have always been by each other’s side. All of this would not be possible if not for the magic of the internet. Specifically it was the TruthFinder site that allowed Jonathan to locate Timothy.
You can find so much information on that site that is impossible to find anywhere else. People use the site for searching background checks, addresses, public records, phone numbers, arrest records, marriage records, birth records, and so much more. You cannot find a lot of that information on Google alone. And if you are like Jonathan, you want ALL the information you can when looking someone up or trying to find someone. Also, many people like to do a search on their own name on the TruthFinder site. People are often surprised to see what information about themselves is publicly available.
To search any name (including your own), click here to check out the TruthFinder site. It is quick and easy to find the information you are looking for!