Kentucky Connected - Part Three

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With access to so much data on the Internet, education, work and even people's daily activities are changing.

The Internet is quickly becoming an essential part of life for many Kentuckians.

Even though some are still reluctant to jump on the Internet band wagon, the state is requiring broadband availability by the end of 2007. This means even more Kentuckians will be affected by the Internet revolution.

According to Ann Mead, like many web users she's an avid user of the Internet but never imagined it could change her life.

Mead knew she was adopted but didn't begin searching for her birth parents until her adopted mother passed away. Mead said there were several reasons for her search. She wanted to let her birth mother know she's lived a wonderful life and she also wanted to know about her medical history.

Armed with limited information from a New York adoption agency, Mead started her online search.

Mead knew her birth name and sent out a dozen letters to men with the same last name in the New York area in hopes that someone might see a family resemblance. One man turned out to be her uncle.

Mead soon found out she had four other siblings with striking physical similarities and she also found out her birth mother had passed away in 1992. An emotional reunion soon followed where Mead met countless other family members.

Through genealogy, Mead found out several of her family members had heart related health issues and she said she doubts she would have started her search without the Internet. It would have meant inconvenient trips to the library, limited resources and a possible out of state trip.

Mead also said in addition to having a new and much bigger family she has found an outlet to help others in similar situations.

Mead is still searching for her biological father. She is petitioning a New York court to re-open her sealed adoption.

Even though Mead's search for her birth parents was a positive one there are no guarantees that search cases have happy endings. Mead said wanting to be found is a big part of this process.