Posted by Ancestry Team on May 30, 2017 in Campaigns, Holidays

Barry is a veteran genealogist who took an AncestryDNA test to help confirm his decades worth of research. However, an average research day turned into a life‑changing event when he discovered a parent‑child match.  It was more than three decades ago that Barry drove his pregnant friend to the hospital. What he never suspected was the baby born that day was his own daughter. Having no known biological children, he was in shock to discover he did in fact have a biological daughter all this time. They were reunited last Thanksgiving and discovered they had much more in common—they are both genealogists. Or as Barry dryly joked: “We both love dead people.”

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89 Comments

  1. Carole J Lowe

    Nothing like that here

    When I had cancer and had my hair shaved off, my deceased Father looked at me from the mirror I was facing and so did his Mother. No surprise about my parentage! Good story though!

  2. Rita Czuja

    My brother from another Mother whom I had no idea existed contacted me and requested my DNA..Surprized and happy to oblige I thru Ancestry found out we were related .My two younger siblings were as schocked as I..last month him and his wonderful wife came to visit us from California..we had a fantastic time and are only sooty our Dad passed.40 years ago and never got to meet him..He would have been proud!!!@

  3. Amy Sample

    I’ve started my testing & awaiting on my results! My question is how can I get the best results in finding my bio-mom/bio-dad ? As I’ve been searching since I was 16 and had nothing but closed doors ! Desperately seeking connection at 40 !! Wanting to fill a life time hole!! Thx A.Sample

  4. C J Mccoy

    My husband spent a lifetime not knowing where he came from and if he had siblings. Hopefully through children one day there will be a hit.

  5. Julie Waters

    Amy, not sure if you’ll see this reply, but upload your DNA data everywhere you can in case a match took a test someplace other than Ancestry. You can transfer your data to FTDNA and see your matches there for $19. You can upload to Gedmatch.com, Geni, MyHeritage and DNA.Land for free.

  6. Dennise

    This time last year I was an only child. I now have 3 half sisters and 4 half brothers. I am meeting the ones on the paternal side in June. A maternal side reunion is not happening.

  7. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Rita: That’s wonderful to hear that you were able to connect with your brother and that you had a fantastic time when you finally met and we’re sure your dad would be proud! 🙂

  8. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Dennise: We’re happy to hear that you’re having a reunion with the half siblings from your paternal side and we wish you all the best!

  9. Rebecca

    Through DNA testing, we discovered my husband has an uncle (Gary) we never knew he had. This was an amazing discovery for us, as my husband knew little about his paternal lineage. Uncle Gary was adopted, so he didn’t know much about his family. We have been able to fill indetails. This has been an exciting time in our family. Thank you for helping to make true life stories like this possible!

  10. Terresa Lewis

    I am an adopted child of an adopted child. I know my biological father’s adopted name, but that is all. I have over 100 4th cousins or closer from my dna test, but have no idea how I’m connected to most of them. I hope that one day a close family connection will help me to connect the dots!

  11. P.L. Langton

    Me and my wife came with DNA results that Ancestry said we were identical twins. I question the accuracy of these tests based on those results alone.

  12. Jessie Williams

    I have been doing this research for years. And I’m not having any luck on the last names I’m searching. I’m waiting for that moment of delight when I find someone. I have been a member of and on since 2006 maybe one day.

  13. India Taylor

    I am looking for my father and I don’t have any details for him but with my DNA results, I was able to find out that he was part Spanish. I can’t wait to start investigating my 4th cousins that came up in the results and maybe get closer to finding him.

  14. Ruth Gonzalez

    Would like to have my dad’s DNA tested. I am going to visit him July 3, and want to know if I can get a DNA kit in time. He is 87 yrs. old and I don’t want to miss this opportunity. My mom has already passed away and I did not have that opportunity with her.

  15. Sheryl Avery

    I have done by ancestry and family tree dna…Hoping to find my paternal side. My sister had her DNA done on ancestry also and it proved we are half sisters with no idea who my father is.

  16. Donne H

    Have been working on my genealogy for quite some time and traced maternal side back to 947 ad, however, DNA testing has connected me to several 3rd and 4th cousins but no closer. I know my mom & dad never married and only know his name…not having much luck with the last name Leonard.

  17. Lyria

    My husband’s mother had my husband in 1948 by an American G.I. when that person was stationed in Germany following WWII. Her husband was in a Russian POW camp, supposedly, and they divorced in 1952. She married another G.I. and moved with her son and new husband to the US. I have over 1,000 matches with one 1st Cousin Match. I know that 99% of these are for my husband’s bio dad because all other relatives are in Germany and I know about them. My mother in law is deceased and told us lies and never gave us any info about my husband’s father. Is there a systematic way to straighten this out. I sent a memo out to a couple of people asking for help and said I was not interested in hurting anyone and we just wanted info. That is how I got the 1st cousin match. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  18. Teresa Swartz

    This is wonderful. I am adopted, December 1952. I am in the New York State registry so my mother can contact me. She is 80 now, and I hope she does. I know who she is but I will not inject myself into her life, she may have never told as she moved away from her home town.

  19. Kelly

    Teresa Swartz, your mother probably knows little or nothing about all this new technology and how to find you. If I were you, I would contact her before it is too late. The worst that can happen is rejection, in which case you are no worse off than you are right now. But if you don’t do it soon, she could pass and you will never know.

  20. Philip Lilli

    I always knew I was adopted but that was it. In 2000 I happened upon an adoption doc that had my original birth name. Contacting the adoption agency provided me with non identifying info (single mother, etc). The dna testing has confirmed the last name (maternal) but there are so many relatives I don’t know where to begin. Gargiulo or Garguilo.

  21. Norma phillips

    Looking for info only on Margaret Foley Holt and children , Forrest, Teddy, and ” brother” Holt , in Florence Ma in 1940’s .

  22. Mary ureche

    I keep getting email messages that I am getting remarks on my tree, however, they don’t show up on my account?????

  23. Allen Harper

    I am like P.L.Langton, I question the accuracy of the DNA test I sent in which showed I didn’t have any Indian ancestry but I have copies of fathers grandmothers papers that show she was of Indian ancestry from North Carolina. So I too wonder just how accurate these test were.

  24. Liz Conner

    My DNA told me I have a father I wasn’t looking for. Im uncovering alot of disturbing information I wasnt prepared for or expected from my results. I hope this doesnt end horrible.

  25. Dinah sisson

    It’s been more than 8 weeks since I sent my DNA sample. Have not heard anything. I know you received it but that is all. Any idea when?

  26. Karen Feldi

    The. Loosest family member on my ancestry DNA results is a Jackie Miller pretty common name but unable to contact she hasn’t been on ancestry since 2015 not sure of my birth father’s name

  27. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Mary: We’re sorry to hear that you’re having issues with this. It might be the case that someone has deleted the comment after adding it but we would like to take a closer look at this so can you please call us at 1-800-ANCESTRY (1-800-262-3787) between the hours of 9am to 11pm EST?

  28. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Dinah: We’re sorry for the delay. At this time, we don’t know exactly when the sample will begin testing, but we hope it will be soon and we thank you for your patience! We are working hard to deliver the best results we can and as soon as it starts processing you will receive an email confirming this. You can also see the status of the test by logging in to your account and then click on the DNA tab.

  29. Joyce

    Through DNA and research, I have discovered my adopted husband’s birth father as well as 3 1/2 siblings. It took a very long time (abt 15 years) but it finally came together. Adoptees don’t be afraid the reach out to people to get answers. The worst they can do is not answer you or tell you to take a hike. As more and more people get DNA tests done, the answers will eventually appear.

    One thing that was crucial to finding answers was to build a mirror tree based on closer matches. Also getting obits on various folks was important as the person who was my husband’s father was not on 1920, 1930 Census as his birth mother had died and he apparently lived with someone other than his father. After the mom died the father was found on Census living alone. A few chldren were found via obits that were not on the census data where they lived. I suspect they are probably indexed under the last name of whoever they were living with. Good luck to all adoptees…it is satisfying to finally get answers.

  30. Janice

    Through an Ancestry DNA test, I was able to connect my first cousin with his daughter. He never knew about her. I had initiated contact with a strong 2nd cousin match but didn’t receive a reply. A month and a half later, I wrote to her again inquiring as to surnames in her tree. She replied and said she had no family tree because she was adopted. Based on the few details she’d been able to learn and share with me, I figured out that I knew who her father was. So I wrote back and said “I think I know who your father is” and said I wanted to check some details. After contacting my first cousin (who said “Are you telling me I have another daughter?), I asked him what he wanted me to do. So I wrote again to my new cousin and gave her the email address for him. After some email exchanges between them, I heard back from my cousin who was very excited at finding a new daughter! He has seen her numerous times since then (in fact, flew to meet her one week after discovery) and they have a great relationship. Going to meet her myself next week – what an experience! (This is the shortened story.) Thanks, Ancestry!

  31. Karen Waggoner

    Teresa Swartz — please reach out and contact your birthmother. The New York Registry has not been particularly helpful in reuniting people, nor is it well advertised. Contact her before it’s too late. There is little sadder than hearing an adoptee say that they finally contacted a relative only to find the relative was deceased.

  32. Sandy Snow

    I grew up with 3 siblings, but zero cousins, aunts, uncles, or grandparents. In the last 2 years, through DNA confirmations, I’ve connected with 1st and 2nd cousins, and we’ve unlocked some scandalous mysteries in our family. Solving mysteries is fascinating. We have one mystery left to solve (How two “McSweeney” names in our tree are related). Fun, and fascinating. Love it!

  33. Katie

    I am so excited to share our story! My husband is a twin and one of 6 adopted children in his family. On his 50th birthday our daughter asked him to take a DNA test just to see what nationality he is. He has never had any real desire to find his bio parents but I have always been so curious ! So we sent the test in and when the results came back I about fell out of my chair. My husband is 94 percent European Jewish . That is pretty close to being pure!! I called Ancestry to make sure this is correct. The person I spoke to said well both of his parents must be Jewish and I told him that he was adopted so we really had no idea! He said well according to his matches one of them is so close it has to be a mother, sister or aunt. So the search was on and with in a couple of weeks I was able to locate the birth father who happens to live in the same city. It would have been much sooner but they were out of the county on vacation. From this meeting we were also able to locate the birth mother. It is such an amazing journey and it has been so much fun getting to know the birth father and his family. The birth mother has not been as open but we are ok with that. This was not about upsetting anyone life it was more about getting medical information! We are in the process now of trying to locate birth family for 2 of his sisters. I love working this puzzle. To anyone who is on the fence just take the test and enjoy the ride!!!

  34. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Katie: That really is an amazing story and thank you so much for sharing this with us! We can imagine that it has been emotional for everyone involved and it’s great to hear how you all have connected with his birth father and his family and we wish you the best of luck with your further detective work and we hope you will be able to solve even more puzzles!

  35. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Phyllis: We offer the autosomal test which tests both the maternal and the paternal line so there will not be a difference between this. For more information about genetic inheritance and the ethnicity results please see this article 🙂 http://ancstry.me/2pND74K.

  36. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Sandy: It makes us really happy to hear how you have been able to connect with your cousins and how much fun you’re having solving these mysteries. We hope you will solve many more and make even more connections! 🙂

  37. Christine Lewis

    My 1/2 nephew and have done the AncestryDNA test it came back that he is my cousin rather than my nephew. His mother ( my sister-in-law) is my 7th cousin in my mothers’s side. But he is my half- brother’s son. Why doesn’t it show up as nephew?

  38. Michelle Lee

    I was born in Vietnan( turning VN war) . Been living in U.S. Since 1989 . I’ve done Ancestry DNA tests last year and completely shocked when I got my results. I’m not only get what I need to know but also found out I have a bunch of cousins, first, second, third . I knew all or them from my father side. Because I never knew who was my father . All I know my father was America Military service in my country. My mom never mention about him all those years. My first cousin I have DNA match she did inveteration for me and found out who my father is but unfortunately he is not interesting to take DNA tests to prove it. But all of my cousins who I’m matching with welcome me to the family. Ancestry DNA is really amazing!!!! They found me a large family I’m going to be 50 this summer never met a father, hopefully my father changing his mind and going to Ancestry DNA . I want to send him a DNA kit for Father’s Day gilf so badly but I know he won’t ship it back to Ancestry. I try working on it hopefully my father become ancestry member. That is my happy day ( 50th years old birthday)

  39. Brian

    He had NO idea that he could have been the father??? seems a bit odd. Was there an explanation to that?

  40. Julie

    Based on the article on Ethnicity, I am having a difficult time understanding how people (like those above who have found cousins, parents, etc.) find specific relatives based on DNA. Or, is it just through research through Ancestry (and perhaps other places as well) and then the connection is proven through DNA?

  41. Polly

    I have been on Ancestry for quite a few years now and realized a couple of years ago that I’m pretty good at figuring out adoptees biological parents through researching the trees of their cousin matches. You have to go through alot of your dna matches and write out a tree for them on paper (and when the are no trees you sometimes have to research a tree for a match) later compare these and find the common ancestor, that should be one of your ancestors in your tree. After you find that ancestor you work backwards, so you go through each of their children (minus the one that connects you to your dna cousin match of course) and follow ea family back to see which one could be the right one to match up with where and when you were born. Each time I have done this it always leads back to one family or one possible person. I have had 100% success doing this. It takes alot of time but the answers are right there connected with all of your dna matches, you just have to take the time to do the research. Nothing gives me more happiness than to connect families especially ones that are still living!!!

  42. Elizabeth

    I, too, need to know if it is possible to have Indian ancestry when my DNA shows I do not. My mother insists that we do! She has consented to having her DNA tested and I’ve ordered the kit. Is it possible that she will test positive when I did not? If she, too, tests negative, is it still possible that her Great Grandmother was a full blooded Cherokee, as she was told all of her life? She is now 95. Thanks for answering back!

  43. Herlett kennedy

    I really enjoy reading all the comments i too plan to do my dna to find family members on my fathers side. His name was Percival Kennedy. And from jamaica.

  44. Judi Camasi

    To adoptees – I absolutely agree with the person who said do it now; don’t wait. I have been fortunate to have 30+ years with my bioparents, but my sister isn’t interested in searching. If she changes her mind, I hope it’s not too late.

  45. Christina Pope

    I wish my father was alive today. I was a child born in the early 70’s. Peace and love and sharing that was plentiful. Because I was the only blue eyed, blonde haired child in my mother’s family, there was a suggestion of who my dad was. Through the years of his life, he would tell me that he needed no blood test to confirm what he knew. But, sadly, I did. He passed away when I was 25. At 43, I took the DNA test on ancestry. I didn’t have much hope of learning anything, because I didn’t know much. But, I did know his mother and father’s names. 2 months ago, I received an introduction to my 2nd cousin. Her mother was my dad’s aunt. We had been matched through her mother. I found that my dad was the baby of 9. I have a family that is huge! And as I sit here with tears rolling down my cheeks, I can say, I met my Uncle Charlie. (My father’s brother). I feel like my life has come full circle. I cannot describe what a completion it is to know who you are. Low and behold, I am of Scandinavian descent. The blue eyes and blonde hair (more red as I have aged) has finally been a mystery solved. All because I hoped that that little bottle of spit might help me. It completed me. Thank you. I just wish my dad were alive to tell him how sorry I am. And assure him that I would never question our relationship again. I thank Ancestry for giving me a family who lives less than 45 minutes away. I would encourage everyone to do this testing. You never know what you’ll find. ❤️

  46. Vickie Owens

    I love reading all these comments. I hope to have my DNA done soon. My sister adopted out a child 56 years ago, closed adoption. Is there any way of finding her? Does anyone know?

  47. Katherine Watson

    I knew from my dad that I had an older half/sister. She found him (and us) about 1982. Ancestry confirmed it later. My full sister is a genealogist, and is really into all this. I find it interesting. Wish everyone had a family like mine. Loving, accepting and willing to talk.

  48. Becky

    Like @Allen Harper and @Elizabeth, my husband’s DNA test showed no Native American ancestry even though he has been told all his life that both his parents are about a quarter Native American. Both of his parents look very Native American. This makes us a little skeptical about the accuracy of the DNA test.

  49. Lois

    I, too, wondered about the accuracy of the DNA test when the paper trail we were following said that my “cousin” and I were related, but the DNA test did not match us. I read an article about how the further back the common ancestor is, the less like you are to have a match because of the dilution of the genes through the generations. The article advised having another family member tested. I asked my first cousin, and he matched both me (of course) and the other woman. The paper trail was correct. She and I simply did not get the same genes. Don’t give up on DNA. Just do a bit more to get your more immediate family involved.

  50. Renee

    @Elizabeth Have you been able to confirm the connection through building a family tree? I think the results would show up as “Native to the Americas” this would included DNA from native born north and South Americans (searching Indians will only show you people from India 🙂 ) My mother is from South America and my DNA results read as 30% Native American

  51. Jamillah harris

    My father died when i was nineteen, I waisted alot of time I could have spend with him, I want to get a dna test now that I’m 40 but he’s dead. my father was at least 22 years older then my mother when I was concieved, but the diffrence in age has nothing to do with the blood in my veins. Both of my parents are decendants of South africa and none of us is able to visit, and its not easy to make contact on my budget. I no already all parts of the world where I have genes, but I would like to see what this site can tell me.

  52. Lynwood Titungton

    I just found my daughter after 30 years ,I would like to get dna to confrim , also to see if she is compatible for kidney transplant if possible .Thanks.

  53. Amy Sample

    So I’ve received my DNA test results & matches !! How do you know the difference between maternal & paternal side matches?

  54. Amy Sample

    Polly hopefully you will see this message I’m looking for my bio-parents after 40 years, if you can be any help to me please contact me here through the ancestry messages @ Amy Sample !! Please & thx in advance!!

  55. Michael Confused

    Am I the only one confused about this story? This guy really had no idea he could have been the father to the pregnant women next to him? I’m concerned.

  56. Mary

    I’m very happy with my results, although there were no surprises because I look like all my siblings and both sets of grandparents. From working on my acom family tree for several years, I’d also met 2nd and 3rd cousins online; we all knew who our ancestors were, yet we were the ones -this year- doing DNA testing! I recognized them when I looked at my “matches.” The “communities” matched well, also. The nice thing is that I have many new matches and, although they’re noted as 4th-6th cousins, I still have much sourced info I can share with them. I mailed my test May 1st and received results on June 11th.

    I have one disappointment. A close relative received her Ancestry.com results the end of March and shared them online with me. Hers included large continental maps with light circles drawn around the countries of her ancestors. At least one page printed out well. But my map is a narrow, horizontal rectangle, with a very dark blue background. The circled countries are mashed over with orange, uneven blobs. Nothing I could print out! Also, a long essay, with encyclopedic pictures was attached to hers on the right, and she can scroll down and read about the history of individual countries and important events, such as the Irish famine causing many to leave Ireland. I’m disappointed that, for the cost of nearly $100, I have nothing for my files but a page with a small pie chart on the lower left. Is there a button I missed clicking on? Or is this the new version?

  57. James

    DNA tests are fine for finding lost relatives and discovering family surprises (like I did), but don’t put too much stock in the National Ancestry part of them, the results are based on subjective information. I’ve taken several tests at all the major DNA testers and the results vary widely among the different companies. Indeed even my ancestry.com results flipped around after they had a big customer satisfaction survey.

  58. Carie

    That is really ridiculous that he had no inkling that he could’ve been the father to his “friend’s” baby.

  59. Bonnie Adele Turner Moore Vernor

    Looking for Susan or Susie Turner Maiden name. Father Harvey Alan Turner
    Mother Clara Murray Turner Moore

  60. Greg Rees

    I have a new found cousin thanks to Ancestry DNA. I shared her story and other family members felt sure our cousin was the daughter of a deceased family member. She ran into a road block with the state of Colorado. They wanted both parents full names and she had only her mothers full and the fathers first name. Colorado said no deal. Any one else run into this? The plus side she is still our cousin and we are glad she found us.

  61. Kate

    Terresa Lewis — I hope you see this. Try downloading your Ancestry DNA into GEDMatch.com — it’s free and you’ll see contact info for your closest matches. Some people have even downloaded their trees as GEDCOM files. I had a distant 5-7th cousin-match on Ancestry and he told me he was adopted and all he knew was that his father’s side was Puerto Rican. After trying to find out how he and I were connected back in Colonial New England, he finally stopped me and said “I really want to know who my father was.” His Ancestry DNA was downloaded onto GEDmatch and within 4 or 5 hours I was able to figure out the best matches for him to reach out to by email. He found his birth family, right in his own city. It’s worth a shot! –Kate

  62. Carol

    I know that some of my ancestors were Indian, but my DNA test shows that DNA was not passed to me. The person questioning their test has to realize that none might have passed to him. My sister shows about the same results I do, but the indian ancestry shows up in hers.

  63. Kara-Lee Hite

    @Christine Lewis: I’m wondering if it’s possible that he’s listed as a cousin since you’re related to his mother. They may not be list both ways you’re related on the DNA results, ie. cousin and nephew. Just a thought.

  64. Roberta McAlduff Medal

    Help, for my b’day my son gifted my Ancestry kit. All I received was the pie diagram. I am told there is Cherokee in me!!! I need more help and can’t even get my password from AncestryDNA. Also have a brother “adopted” who knows his paternal father but can’t find the biological mother. HELP

  65. cj thomas

    It happened to us! My 92 year old mom,last known member of her line, met her 1st cousin this spring, because of DNA testing I did at the same time my unknown cousin submitted a test. Now I have really great cousins everywhere and the majority of us work in health care fields. How weird is that!
    Do it, test yourself and your family.
    I can’t think of anything more healing than the knowledge gained by seeing you are really one of a huge diverse world.

  66. Ron Tracewell

    Adoptees who are searching, read this, it may help you.
    I was adopted At birth (1945), records were sealed. I had a possible birth name from an old hospital record/receipt my adopting mother gave me (baby Brabo). Lots of pre-DNA searching (phone books) decades ago, no results. My wife (a circuit court employee) suggested I write the presiding circuit court judge of the county I was born in (Multnomah, Oregon), as “A judge can do just about anything s/he wants to”). I did write, explaining my search and possible bio surname. About a month later I received a reply. My letter had been referred to that courts Family Court Judge. That judge wrote me that while she could not legally release a copy of my sealed birth records to me, she herself could examine the records. She ordered my birth records and had them delivered to her office. She opened them, read them, then told me (in her letter) all the information in them! I learned my birth mothers name (now deceased), where she was employed, that she had a 5 year old son (including his name), that my father, unnamed, was a 44 year old man of Swedish descent. From all this info I found my (1/2) brother! Thru him I found and met a 1/2 sister and another 1/2 brother! All 4 of us had the same mother and different fathers. I am now searching for my bio father. He was probably Peter McFall, a man my brother and mom were living with when brother was 5 and about the time she became pregnant with me. The search is on for Pete McFall, who was born around 1900 and was from Oregon! Wish me luck!

  67. Lois

    My grandmother lived in an orphanage and I have her parents names. I have been searching since 1992 and can’t find anything on them. I was hoping DNA might help me find relatives, and it likely has but many of the people who submitted DNA have not posted any family tree to find possible relative names. However, I have found many of my parents cousins through DNA. Lambert Huebbers and Magdalana Fries. My grandmother was born in 1861 in Buffalo NY. Her name was Catherine Huebbers and her siblings were Mary and Frank.

  68. Elizabeth

    In July 2015 I requested a gift of Ancestry DNA from family for my 51st. It changed my world. How I perceive it can mean to be good or bad. I found by doing my DNA that my legal father was not my biological father. When talking to my mother she confessed. It turns out that my younger siblings also have the same biological father as me. Our biological father was much older (we knew he was a family friend as small children) and is now deceased. We have one 1/2 brother that is deceased and one 1/2 brother still living (86 years old). My legal father is deceased. Our living 1/2 brother refuses to acknowledge we are related. However, I have met several cousins via Ancestry.com. As an avid genealogist for 40 years, I have had to rethink my heritage. It came as a total shock to us.

  69. Bonnie Lippincott

    For those of you that are looking for “Indian” bloodlines . . . remember that your family may be able to prove with documents that they are registered as Native Americans, but those people came from somewhere else long ago. Research ancient movements of tribes and you will see that although they were here when the colonies were first formed they came from somewhere else, to begin with. If you plug your DNA into another search, like GEDmatch and look at each chromosome you will see some matches for “Native Americans.” Also, remember that Native American can also mean South America. My husband is 18% Native American, but it is from his grandmother who was born in Chile. Research the history of where your family lived and what was going on around them during those years. Who knows, your many time’s great-grandmothers could have been kidnapped by the Indians and that’s where your family came from!

  70. Vivian Goodman

    Reading all the comments about everyone reuniting with past family members is heartwarming! I purchased my DNA late may, it’s been received but not being processed. I’m 49 I e been searching for my dad all my life. Unfortunately my mother and I accidently ran into him when I was 10 in Milwaukee wis!! I had no clue who he was but my brother did! My brother said, “mother, that’s carl, (favis) Vivian s dad! My heart skipped a beat!! I look just like him, he pro.used to pick me up the ne,t day. I waited from sun up to sun down,he never showed! You can only imagine the hurt I felt. My mother said that he was a good man he wa Ted to keep me, he even followed her from co I gton Tenn to Milwaukee Wisconsin! For years I thought my brother and I shared the same father, until that day! As the years went on, my brother would tell me that my dad would come around often!! This blown me away, as you can imagine!! My mom has minimal info about my dad only his name, Carl davis, no birth date nothing!! This past father’s day, I broke, I came unglued, I almost lost myself! The pain is too great! I wa t to look in the face of someone and know that I belong to them!! My 24 yr old son.purchased this for me onMother’s day!! I pray that only good things come from this… btw, when I asked my mom a out him, she proceeded to tell me, that her past is her busuness, I respo ded, I’m a product of your past!! She kicked me out! I spite of it all, ive succeeded In life only by the grace of God!! I’d like to share that with my father!

  71. Vivian Goodman

    Looking for the family of Carl Davis
    Covington Tenn
    Possible birth yr. 1943 or43
    My mother’s name is Johnnie Mae goodman

  72. B ev

    I was disappointed I am adopted my DNA showed I was Irish Norwegian and United Kingdom which is so funny I have black hair since birth black eyes and dark sallow complexion

  73. Trilby Patricia Rixon

    I heard about this web site, so I want to try it out, my Father is from United kingdom, he was a British he settled down in India he passed away in 1950, I was very small to remember any thing, all I know how much I remember his name was Harold Harper I have no clue about his family, I don’t have any dates about his birth date, if some one could help me to find his family if it’s possible, but if it’s not possible that is fine, I am just trying this web site, I don’t know any thing else please,
    Thank you

  74. Mary Regts

    I rang Ancestry in Australia a few months ago as my sub (maybe the one connected with FTM was due to expire) and I was becoming confused as I had had the autosomal test with Ancestry done also. I was told I didn’t need a sub to access the ancestry DNA site but have not been able to access it anyway. My password is not accepted. So where do I go from here?

  75. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Mary: We’re sorry to hear that you’ve experienced these issues. We have edited your post to remove personal details for privacy reasons. It is correct that you don’t need a subscription to be able to access your DNA results, you can simply log in and click on the DNA tab but we of course need to first make sure that you’re able to log in to your account. Can you please try to follow these steps to request a new password? https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/ka215000000TzxzAAC/Resetting-Your-Password-1460089702174-2955. If it’s still not working after this can you please try to log in using a different web browser?

  76. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Trilby: We understand that it can be a bit tricky to find more information but we do recommend to try it out. Although we don’t do the research for you we do have the tools for you to research your family history. We recommend that you start with yourself and build your tree from there if you haven’t already done so. The attached article will go over some great steps: http://ancstry.me/29A77se. We’ve also attached a link to another article that we hope will be helpful: http://ancstry.me/29ywn2X. Please note that you will need a free trial to access records from subscriber-only databases. You can set up the 14 day free trial and then you can cancel this within the 14 days if you do not wish for this to renew into a paid subscription. We also attached a link here with some more information in relation to our AncestryDNA test: https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/ka215000000MTcEAAW/US-About-AncestryDNA.

  77. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Ryleigh: Thank you for your positive feedback, we really appreciate it and we’re glad to hear that you like our site! 🙂

  78. Member Services Social Support Team

    @B ev: We’re sorry to hear that you’re disappointed. We create your genetic ethnicity estimate by comparing your DNA to the DNA of people in our reference panel. The AncestryDNA reference panel contains 3,000 DNA samples from people in 26 global regions which go back up to 10 generations. The test goes back 500-1000 years. We would also note that Ethnicity does not necessarily respect National boundaries so it is not possible in all cases to distinguish between certain countries (England, Scotland and Wales for example). If you click on the region in your DNA results it will also show you more information here. We attached a link to an article here that explains more: http://ancstry.me/1On7OIu. We also have a number of helpful articles available from the DNA results page. These can be accessed by clicking on the question mark icon located in the top right of either of your results pages. There are 8 great articles here (on the ethnicity page). We hope you will find these helpful.

  79. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Vivian: Thank you for sharing your story with us. We’re sorry to hear that you have not been able to find him yet and we hope this will help you and we also hope that only good things will come from this. We recommend that you start with yourself and build your tree from there with the information that you have if you haven’t already done so. The attached article will go over some great steps: http://ancstry.me/29A77se. We’ve also attached a link to another article here that we hope will be helpful: http://ancstry.me/29ywn2X.

  80. Member Services Social Support Team

    @Ron: Thank you for sharing your story with us! It’s amazing to hear that you were able to find your half-siblings and we wish you the best of luck with your further research and hope that you will be able to find what you’re looking for!

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