Posted by Anna Swayne on July 23, 2014 in AncestryDNA

You can’t predict when a DNA connection will happen, but when it does it’s definitely worth celebrating.  Take these two AncestryDNA users who not only work together, but sit back to back to each other. Both took the test and found out they’re not only co-workers – they’re cousins.

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Who would have thought? “It was a fun surprise to see Stephanie come up as a cousin. We have known each other for years and now to find out we are cousins…wasn’t sure the test could do that,” said Jodi (on the right).

“After I saw Jodi come up as a match we then had to dig into how we were related, just to make sure. Who was our common ancestor? Because of the surname feature we were able to look a little deeper in where the connection could be.”

Since they both linked their trees to their AncestryDNA results and saw that the surname Tibly was in each tree, they decided to look into that line. After a little research together, the connection was discovered. They share 3rd great grandparents. Stephanie shared a picture of the common ancestors they likely inherited their shared DNA from. (See the pictures of MaryAnn and John Tilby below.)  Jodi was able to share the stories she knew about how they immigrated to the U.S. The exchange left Jodi with new family members to add to her tree and extend her family lines.

jodi steph jodi steph_ancestor

New-found cousins will be celebrating Cousin Day by going out for ice cream. What will you be doing?

In honor of Cousin Day, share with us by uploading a picture of you and your cousin!

Anna Swayne

Anna Swayne has 9 years of experience in the DNA genealogy world. At Ancestry, she leads efforts in developing education to help our community maximize their experience with AncestryDNA. She believes there is real power behind DNA and the story it can unlock for each of us. When she is not talking DNA you can find her hiking or cycling in the mountains or cooking at home.


  1. Candice

    I was checking out my DNA matches recently and there was a new one at the top of the list. It said the woman was my 1st cousin. Then magine my surprise to see it was a cousin I already knew. It was my first cousin’s daughter!

    I have made contact with several cousins through and been given a treasure trove of photos and information and even my great grandfather’s diaries from the late 1800s thru the 1930s.

    My sister says I have an addiction and it’s genealogy! I sure do!

  2. Perline Porter

    Just wanted to share my story of finding my biological father through DNA testing after 30 years of looking.
    I recently found my father and wrote a book about my experience, “My DNA Search for My Roots”, by me Perline Porter, available on amazon and all book stores. It is a exciting and very interesting story how I was told my dad was someone else and I searched and found out I was not related to them. Through the X chromosome match I was able to find him and finally met my new half brother and sister for the first time. I am totally into the DNA testing and have accomplished my lifetime dream of finding family.

  3. J Lee

    “the common ancestors they likely inherited their shared DNA from.”
    They need to triangulate to be sure. That requires a bit more luck and a lot more work. For best results, transfer your DNA raw data to GEDmatch.

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