Who Do You Think You Are?

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Burlington County Times


November 11, 2017


For much of Dominic Gagliardi’s life, there were whispers in his large Italian family that the man he’d known as his grandfather was not related to him.

“He was such a kind man,” recalled Gagliardi, 43, of Mount Laurel.

His grandparents had three sons. Their youngest, who was Gagliardi’s father, was rumored to be the child of the married Jewish owner of a uniform factory in Camden, where Gagliardi’s grandmother had worked during World War II.

So, back in 2000, Gagliardi, a lawyer, decided to do some digging. With his permission, he swapped the insides of his grandfather’s cheeks and sent the sticks to a Texas laboratory used by courts for paternity cases.

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