In honor of National Sisters' Day, we teamed up with British Airways
to unite two sisters from Texas, for the first time, with their long-lost sister in the UK.
Mandy Shore was born in Britain during World War II and was raised by her adoptive parents. When she began researching her family tree Mandy discovered that her mother was a single woman who had lived near an American air force base but her father continued to remain a mystery for many years. That mystery began to unravel after Mandy took an AncestryDNA test.
To her surprise the AncestryDNA database revealed that she had two half-sisters on her father's side, who were living in Texas. After connecting over email, Lynn Garner and Ann Burrage were able to complete the puzzle for Mandy. Their father had been an American G.I. and as the war ended he moved to Texas, married, and had two daughters without ever knowing about Mandy.
Understanding the value of family ties, British Airways and Ancestry came together to provide Lynn and Ann with flights to visit their newly discovered sister in Britain, but the surprise came sooner than expected and the wonderful moment in which the three sisters meet for the first time was captured in a video that debuts today. View the video:
Want your Chance to Discover London'
Inspired by the story of these long-lost sisters, British Airways is offering the chance to explore the rich history of the UK with a chance to win one of three round trip tickets for two to London plus hotel accommodations for four nights.
To give other families the chance to have the trip of a lifetime, British Airways and Ancestry have launched a social media sweepstakes where three people will be able to win a pair of roundtrip Club World (business class) tickets on British Airways complete with four nights at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel
. Enter below for your chance to win.
Note: There are three separate entry periods August 4-August 26, August 27-September 11, and September 12-September 30 with one winner being selected for each entry period. This blog post will be updated with the eligible entry form for each entry period. All U.S. residents are eligible to enter once during each entry period. Official sweepstakes rules can be found here
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