Online search turns up long lost grandmother

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Betty Iverson, 86, talks Monday, April 1, 2013, in Taft, Calif., about her long lost family contacting her through an online search via Ancestry.com.
TAFT, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Desa Harper recalls spending the better part of her life searching for her grandmother, a woman she'd heard about but never met.

She and other family members exhausted the traditional search methods of using birth, marriage and death records. Then, Harper opted to try a service she saw on a commercial, Ancestry.com.

Harper decided to sign up for a six-week free trial of the genealogy website. That didn't turn up anything, but the family still decided to pay for a subscription.

That extra week was all they needed. In Week 7 of the online search, the family located the grandmother, 86-year-old Betty Iverson, who is living in Rhode Island.

Just days after their online breakthrough, the family is sitting in their Taft living room with Iverson.

“It's like you died and gone to Heaven and your dreams come true,” Iverson said about the family connection. Iverson will spend the next two weeks in California before returning home to Rhode Island.