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Residents find family and fortune

Cameras rolled as Patricia Fontaine and Margaret Shaughnessy stood side by side in a Newton hotel conference room in February of last year marveling at how much they resembled and sounded like the other.

Fontaine, of West Roxbury, and Shaughnessy, of Newton, are cousins who grew up only a few miles apart but were meeting for the first time in what was the culmination of a trans-Atlantic chain of events that started in the unlikeliest of ways — with the death of a woman in Galway, Ireland, in 2008.

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