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Susan and Charles Elder

When Charles Elder was a child, his biological father left the family. Years of searching eventually proved fruitful and Charles was able to discover why his father left and what became of him. Charles also found dozens of relatives who now make his family whole again.


Charles Elder spent many years of his life angry at his biological father who left him, his sister and his mother when Charles was a young boy. Throughout Charles’ life, questions about his father were unanswered and the full story of his biological father remained a mystery. As Charles grew older, the more determined he was to find the truth. That determination paid off and with the benefit of luck and maybe even fate, Charles was able to track down blood relatives, each helping unravel the mystery and complete the family picture.

Susan Elder calls her husband’s tale a “love story” and that becomes apparent as Charles begins to discover his complete family history. Charles’ effort to identify and connect with relatives of his biological father was a passionate pursuit and rewarding in the end. The multi-layered story is described in great detail and has the makings of a movie script.

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