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Sisters meet for the first time in 76 years after Ancestry.com discovery

COLUMBUS, Ga - Two sisters came face-to-face for the first time in 76 years, all thanks to an Ancestry.com discovery.

Patty LaRue and Betty Skinner were both born in Ellerslie, GA, but were raised miles apart and neither one knew about the other.

Their mother gave LaRue up for adoption when she was 4 months old.

LaRue's granddaughter, Brenna Barkema, was digging into her grandmother's roots on the popular website when she made the shocking discovery.

The 76-year-old had an older sister living in Columbus.

"It kinda picked up from there, and found out that I had a sister. I had no idea," says LaRue.

The two were born 6 years apart.

83-year-old Betty Skinner was raised by their mother in Georgia, and LaRue was raised by her adoptive parents in Iowa.

Barkema began laying the groundwork for the sisters meet for the first time ever. They flew from Iowa to Georgia Thursday to spend the weekend as a family reunited.

"I was excited, very excited. It's been a long time coming. A lot of hugs and kisses.." says LaRue.

LaRue saw photos of her birth mother for the first time in her life.

"This is a picture of our mom, Mattie Pearl. And the resemblance is just, she and I, we are the only two left," says LaRue.

The two learned they shared a love for cooking and red lipstick. 

"I've seen pictures for the first time of my mom, and just not knowing who she was, what she looked like, and when I did see her... Wow, it just kind of blew me away!" 

The family says they are thrilled to have found each other, and it's all thanks to Ancestry.com and Facebook.

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