12 responses to Who Left Diane Bell on an Amish Porch 40 Years Ago? Abandoned Baby Mystery Answers Coming Tonight (Updated)
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    Comment on Thanks for the Heads Up (December 11th, 2017 at 10:44)

    Thanks for the Heads Up

    Thanks for the posting. Now I must watch also.

  • Interesting story. I was surprised to see the Amish didn’t adopt the baby. I hope you will share the outcome of her search when you find out.

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    Gina R
    Comment on Wow.. (December 11th, 2017 at 11:23)


    I cut the cable cord so I won’t be able to watch TLC. Hopefully in time a book will be written or show on
    You tube.

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    Comment on "Long Lost Family" Online (December 11th, 2017 at 13:04)

    "Long Lost Family" Online

    The series is available at TLC.com. It may take a few days for tonight’s program to be posted.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Good mystery! (December 11th, 2017 at 14:06)

    Good mystery!

    I hope I remember to watch. A TRUE mystery is always interesting to see solved. With so many of us interested in our own ancestry, it may give the rest of us some tips on how to solve our own “family mysteries”.

    Do the Amish (Old Order, progressive, etc.) routinely register births and “adoptions” with the “state”, etc. (for example, if the family kept this baby as their own) that would make it easier to trace lineage? So many MORE mysteries!

    I’m curious about the outcome!

    Alice Mary

    • Apparently there are cases of Amish who don’t get birth certificates, but I think that is a rather uncommon situation. Here is a forum post from Joe Keim’s Map Ministry site on the topic: http://www.mapministry.org/forums/index.php?/topic/943-how-do-i-get-a-birth-certificate-i-never-had-one/

      I’ll be interested to see to what extent this mystery is actually resolved, and if she actually did reconnect with any blood relations. In the video above you can tell it would mean a lot to her. I guess we’ll find out soon!

  • I’ve updated the post above with a link to a follow-up story on Diane and what was learned in the episode. Looks like she’s pretty happy with the way things have turned out.

  • I watched the entire program (2 hours, if I remember correctly), investigating 3 different families’ heritage. (Too long, in my opinion!). What was said on the show is that Diane’s Dad was a wife abuser (her Mom said she was drowned in a water trough as punishment for not filling it quickly enough–among other things). When her Dad was away from home for business, her Mom left, fleeing to another state–it SEEMS this might be when she dropped off Diane on the Amish porch. They didn’t say for sure. She went on to have another daughter (Dawn, born in 1979, while Diane was born in 1976). Family members said Diane’s Mom kind of “disappeared” for a few years in the 1970’s–seemingly when she became a mother.

    This was the first time I watched this program. It seems as though the predominant opinion was that these kinds of secrets should NOT be kept. I tend to agree. I knew of a family who adopted 2 boys in the 1960’s (from different families) who were never told they were adopted until their father died (they were in their late teens/early 20’s) It was an awful experience for them and their mother and the rest of their family who were sworn to secrecy for years (I knew their cousin). Today’s more open adoptions certainly seem more humane for all involved.

    I am glad Diane found out what she did, and was very glad to see how much she and her sister resembled one another and “connected.” May God bless them both, and all the newly-introduced relatives.

    Alice Mary

  • All other points not withstanding, and I hope that it all works out great for her.

    That said, I couldn’t help but notice where she was raised; Lititz. Possibly the nicest looking, and one of the most interesting towns we have ever visited.

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