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.”

What will AncestryDNA help you discover?




  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!!!@

    • 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! 🙂

  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, 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.

    • 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    • Lesley

      As I recall, we had to each do two swabs to send in when my husband and I did the tests at the same time. It was somewhat tricky to keep the swabs separated as they all look the same. Perhaps yours got mixed up when you sent them in?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

    • Theresa McVean

      Hi Lyria,

      I can answer your question about sorting out all your cousin matches to find your husband’s birth father by email if you’d like to send me your address.

      I did it to find my own father’s father under similar circumstances.


      • barb Crombie

        Hi THeresa – just read your reply to another woman who was trying to find her father’s father. My case exactly as well. I have Dad’s biological mother’s name but no nothing about the biological father. Would you be able to help me as well? Many many thanks in advance.

  16. 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.

    • Lesley

      But did you ever consider that she might also have been looking for you, and not able to find you? Likely, in her 80s, she might be overjoyed to hear from you.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Norma phillips

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

  20. Mary ureche

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

    • 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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

    • 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

    • 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! 🙂

    • 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 🙂

  29. 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!!!

    • 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!

  30. 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?

  31. 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)

  32. Brian

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

    • Liz

      My thoughts exactly! You’re driving the girl you had sex with to the hospital 9 months later, to have a baby, and you have no idea it might be yours? He either didn’t understand human reproduction (yet figured out sex), or the story is completely fake.

  33. 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?

  34. 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!!!

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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. ❤️

  39. 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?

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. Amy Sample

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

  47. 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!!

  48. 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.

  49. 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 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?

  50. 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 results flipped around after they had a big customer satisfaction survey.

  51. Carie

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

  52. Bonnie Adele Turner Moore Vernor

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

  53. 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.

  54. Kate

    Terresa Lewis — I hope you see this. Try downloading your Ancestry DNA into — 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

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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!

    • 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!

  60. 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.

  61. 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 As an avid genealogist for 40 years, I have had to rethink my heritage. It came as a total shock to us.

  62. 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!

  63. 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!

    • 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: We’ve also attached a link to another article here that we hope will be helpful:

  64. Vivian Goodman

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

  65. 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

    • 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: 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.

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  66. 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

    • 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: We’ve also attached a link to another article that we hope will be helpful: 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:

  67. 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?

    • 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? If it’s still not working after this can you please try to log in using a different web browser?

  68. Joyce Strohman

    People love to write about the surprises. I took the test looking for that hidden information and found that my DNA proved my research. I found that I had no different ethnicity than what my family told me. I connected with people I already knew were in my tree from several branches of my family.

  69. Linda Shrauger

    I have been in ancestry study for most of my adult life. Then I joined and really went to town. I took the DNA test and it confirmed what I had found in my research. No new surprises, but because of that test last month I am now in contact with a “new” relative. Thanks.

  70. Margaret Jackson

    I too question it DNA results. My mother and father were both Cherokee Indians, but my result came back with everything but Native American

  71. Melissa

    My sister and I submitted our DNA and the results were that we did not share the same father. My mother passed away on September 15, 1970 when she was 37 years old, so any information about my biological father would be greatly appreciated. According to DNA, I have a group of ancestors that I’m connected to and my sister isn’t. I’m assuming that this group may be from my biological fathers side. I’ve reached out to a couple of these 2nd cousins but they haven’t been active in a very long time. I’m hopeful that I may be able to find out the mystery of who my biological father is. I do know that I have a Heavenly Father, and I have peace in that.

  72. Marlea thanks for this platform. I’ve been reading the comments and am hoping to help a friend who is the adopted daughter of an adopted daughter, both from the U.K. I sent off her DNA test and am anxiously awaiting the results.
    I have an observation about the postings here regarding Native American DNA expected but missing. Both my mother and I were tested and were shocked when we had no Native American. I noticed multiple comments here in reference to the Cherokee Nation specifically which was supposedly our ancestry, too. Anybody else notice this in relation to the Cherokee Nation?

  73. k mason

    I have a distant cousin who shares a female ancestor (my g grandmother is his g g grandmother): ancestry’s DNA helped me further along the line of thinking that said female ancestor’s husband was not the father of distant cousin’s line. I believe the probability is high because the ethnicity results for my brother and I are quite different to cousin’s. yes, I u/stand that we don’t have the same DNA etc etc. I first discovered cousin’s story when visiting the great grand parents’ home town in 1973 -the base child was given his step father’s surname at his baptism when aged 3, abt 8mths after the ggs marriage at the same time as their (?) daughter’s baptism -in preparations for migrating to Australia. we have much documentation regarding this story.
    no – since the DNA results, I haven’t spoken any further to cousin about the suspicions. if I was in his seat, the same situation, I wouldn’t be saddened to learn but I’m not sure how cousin would react – I will tell only if I’m asked. I feel this is a bit like how some people feel when finding a convict ancestor- exciting and different but others may not feel good about talk of an unknown father.
    exciting also to have people contact me with possible common ancestors in my tree since our DNA results -I’ve added data to my tree as a result.
    thanks to ancestry and DNA
    I’m pondering still on how to find a father (of cousin’s ancestors) with no name – even with all the stories here I see only a black hole 🙂

  74. Helen T.

    Much like Elizabeth who wrote on 6/20, my husband had a big surprise when his DNA test results hit the fan, so to speak. A woman we’d never heard of contacted him through, when they were shown to be 2nd cousins. She had researched a huge family tree, but she said his name was totally unfamiliar among the cousins. After studying her public tree, we noticed the name of a man his sister had mentioned 30 years ago as an old boyfriend of their mother. Bingo. At first husband thought the test was “just wrong”, then more and more matches and cross matches proved his bio father was not the dad who raised him (and three older sibs), but the great Uncle of the 2nd cousin who had reached out to ask what their connection might be. Also, husband’s niece (dau. of sister he was raised with) took the test to see what would turn up. Her results gave further proof that he and his sister are half-not-full siblings: the niece has several relatives on who are connected to her through the man who is now proven NOT to have been husband’s father. The good news: many of the large family now known to be paternal bio relatives of husband have been warm and cordial and accepting. He has quite a few half-nieces and half-nephews, but sadly all the half-sibs from bio dad are already deceased, as well as all the parents and non-parents he had. It has been a good experience, but his ethnicity is not what he thought. Very interesting! We are both thankful for the DNA testing experience. Life is richer for the addition of the wonderful new relatives!

  75. Robert Iram

    It really works found my sister she took the dna I took the dna we were very close matches it’s been over 50 years just starting to get to know each other like wow it’s awesome I recommend to give a try

  76. Roger Watson

    Can someone please explain how the original story in this thread is possible if he didn’t have sex with the pregnant friend he drove to the hospital? How did it happen?

  77. Judi

    There were no big surprises with my DNA results, but I have learned a lot about my family- especially the paternal-maternal and maternal-maternal-maternal branches that I never gave much thought to. Also, I provided kits for my mother and siblings (my father had passed or I would have tried to get his too). Through them I found the answers to some new information regarding genealogical work my aunt and uncle had previously done on the family, using only the paper trails. For instance, 4-5 generations back, I discovered that an uncle that they could find no records on, had moved from Missouri to Mississippi & Louisiana, married, had a bunch of kids, etc. I discovered this from one of my sister’s DNA matches- not my own. Also, from another sibling’s DNA, I discovered that an aunt from the same era that we though had no children, did indeed have some. Even if you think you know your family history, DNA is a very helpful tool.

  78. Trevor

    I thought that “Father shares life changing discovery made possible with AncestryDNA” was a shoddy story. A man is having illicit sex with a friend. She calls him and announces that she is ready to deliver, but neither of them connects their affair with the pregnancy. Duh.

  79. Janice

    Dear Ancestry, I want to know how I can share my DNA discovery story with you. The short version is that I found a previously unknown first cousin, once removed, daughter of my cousin who he knew nothing about. I would love to share it but not in the comments section. Thanks very much.

  80. Jeff Lester

    I also found a daughter that I never knew existed this past January because of Ancestry DNA! In my case, I never knew the biological mom was pregnant, so it was quite a shock to suddenly have a thirty-two-year-old daughter, a son-in-law, and THREE granddaughters!!! Given the fact that I was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 1993 and told I would be she lucky to see my 30th birthday in ’96, it is a miracle I was around for this discovery. Not to mention, my daughter and I discovered that I am not listed on her original birth certificate so if not for the happenstance of us both using Ancestry DNA, we never find each other! On May 26th, my daughter flew in from Alaska, her husband is stationed with the Army there. We spent a glorious week getting to know each other and she got to know her three sisters. My newly discovered daughter was adopted at birth and was raised as an only child so this has been a speculator journey of discovery for her. Thank you Ancestry for making this miraculous event possible!!!

  81. Joann E Keiter

    Please send me 2 kits for my grandsons dna. Both have native american heritage, one Cheroke and one Apache. Can you help me with places of Tribal research for both tribes. Joann keiter

  82. Hubert Rutland

    I have a young lady who thinks her father is my half brother. If she has her DNA tested will it resolve our question? I have heard that rumor all my life . He and all his siblings have passed so I have no one left to ask.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Hubert: Hi Hubert, if this lady takes our DNA test and is in fact your half-brother’s daughter, she may appear as a DNA Match. The following article has some helpful tips on getting the most from your DNA Matches:

  83. Vivian Gilles- Heinz

    I am Trying to Find My Ancesters that lived in Luxemburg. The Last Name is Gilles. There were 12 children in the Gilles Family. The Problem is I Don’t know Their Names except the Last Name “Gilles” and that they lived somewhere in Luxemburg.
    Could u Help Me? I Live in Evansville, IN 47712
    My Dad, Woodrow Frank Gilles, was born in Owensboro, Ky.
    I would love to Find out where in Luxemburg, the “Gilles” Lived at (City) & their Names were??

    Thank You So So Much!!

    Vivian Gilles Heinz

    • Marc

      If you are interested in genealogical research in Luxemburg, I would recommend you check out, look for the tree from Rob Deltgen, which is the largest on file. The site is operated by a genealogical association. However you will also find out that Gilles is a pretty common name in Luxembourg. The site also provides some information (in German and French) about where to look up for the history of emigrees from Luxemburg.
      Good luck to you, Marc

    • Marc

      If you are interested in genealogical research in Luxemburg, I would recommend you check out, look for the tree from Rob Deltgen, which is the largest on file. The site is operated by a genealogical association. However you will also find out that Gilles is a pretty common name in Luxembourg. The site also provides some information (in German and French) about where to look up for the history of emigrees from Luxemburg.
      Good luck to you,

  84. CharleneMcD

    I have a half sister that completed a DNA kit several years ago through a cousin on her fathers side. She is listed on her cousins tree which has been linked to mine, and she is listed on my tree as my half sister. We have the same mothers, different fathers. However, in the DNA matches she is listed as my cousin. Both trees have the same parents, however, for some reason they are not connecting together to reflect the correct information. I would love to have her connected correctly to my tree.

  85. Pamela

    My husbands mother was adopted in New Zealand 1915, we found her birth mothers name but father was shown unknown on birth cert. I had my husbands DNA done in hope we might
    find a DNA match that was not related to those in his tree which could lead to his unknown Grandfather’s line.
    Imagine our surprise when a 3rd cousin turned up in USA, my husband is also related to some of this mans cousins DNA matches and from these I have been able to sort out which side of his family my husband comes from. I also had my husbands sister and our daughters dna done and they all match up as cousins to this man and a number of his matches which is great. I have drawn up a mock tree of his family and ancestors to try to see which members to research but its pretty involved and we are really hoping for a closer match to appear to make things easier. We live in hope that his mother might have had some half brothers or sisters and they or their family will get a DNA test done. Of course being World War One his unknown grandfather may have gone to war and been killed never to have other children. Its great to find the missing link in his family and know it ties in with his ethnicity.

    I also had my DNA done and have just found an unknown 2nd cousin match . It looks like her Dad was a half brother to my Dad and after receiving his photo the resemblance is quite strong. That meant that my grandmother had a baby in 1901 before she married in 1905 to have 5 children. This cousin had her dna done just to see if any matches came up on Ancestry that could lead to discovering who her grandmother was. What a shock she had when she read my public tree to discover a name there that her Dad had mentioned was his actual mother before he passed 38 years ago, though they did’nt really take much notice then. We are still in the process of trying to find birth details etc to confirm this so I can add them into to my family tree.
    Having our DNA’s done on ancestry has shown our ethnicity which is great, but the DNA matches are obviously producing lots of surprises for many people out there.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Pamela: Thank you very much for sharing your AncestryDNA experience with us! We’re glad to hear how DNA matches have helped you and your husband learn more about your families. We wish you the best of luck with your further research.

  86. Julie Metger

    I am well as my identical sister. I’ve seen and read the documentation from the adoption agency based outta Hagerstown Maryland that we were adopted out of Baltimore Maryland and my sister and I were kept together. Thank God. However I wish we had been separated but that’s a whole other story all by itself lol. Anyways I have tried to go to the courts to open the records. It turns out that our biological family went over and beyond to make sure the records could not be unsealed. (Gee thanks.) But actually I want no relationship with them. I’ve heard enough about them already. Married but not to each other. And it wasn’t a one night stand.. This went on and on for YEARS!!! DISGUSTING! My only intention is trying to find the rest of us.. From what I understand … There 7 ( at least) of us. Shame on them. Smdh . Pathetic really. Because the only identical twin I have is beyond not nice and extremely violent as well. I’m 42 now and I seriously long for a normal brother or sister or plural that aren’t crazy that could b part of my life b4 I die. My health isn’t the best. The only FACT I DO have was given to me by total mistake at the Social Security Office here in Hagerstown Maryland. I was born in Bsltimore at Saint Agnes Hospital on January 12 th, 1975. I’m 42 now and as my twin is too of course! Lol. If I could get a glance or maybe just one meeting with my biological parents… I think I’d b ok with that. However, my main interest is finding my half brothers and my half sisters!!! Oh btw…. My identical twin sister Gina… Loses her social security card constantly and one time I went with her to get a new one and this time seemed to take a way bit longer than the other times. By the time that they claimed to b done. We just grabbed them and left. While sitting in the car… She was driving.. I was looking over everything. It had occurred to me that something was different about these.They had copies of papers attached that I know for a FACT she shouldn’t have received, due to the fact everything had been sealed so we could never find them. (Gee, thanks)! But anyways we at least got our REAL mothers name printed out on it!!!! It said her name was Mary E. Martin from Balitimore. THAT is literally THE only fact that we are positive is correct. Please help us. Even if it’s just advice or a mere suggestion . PLEASE. God Bless You All and thank u from my whole heart. I’ve been looking for just soooooo long. And I
    Also pray that u find what each and everyone of u are desperately looking for! Good luck!!!

  87. Flower Star

    Ancestry, 13 July 2017

    Thank you so much for the service you provide. I found my half-sister yesterday who had been put up for adoption over 50 years ago. I had a strong 1st Cousin match, but I knew I didn’t have a female 1st Cousin or at least not one that I knew of. I messaged her back and forth for a few days and she finally asked if her biological mother’s name was the same as mine. It was! I only had my DNA up on the site for 4 days! Amazing! Thank you Ancestry. You provide an irreplaceable service to all of us who love family.

    Flower Star

  88. ML

    im 50 years old. adopted at a few months old in New Orleans LA. Just got results . I scroll down in the DNA match section and read Parent/Child match. It says…Relationship- XXX XXX is your Mother !!! This happened Fri morning- I think i am very lucky- Am now processing next step- whether to and what to possibly say if I send message to her- Think Ill wait ..Wife and 3 kids are screaming “send a message”…they dont understand how crazy this is.. unbelievable! Any suggestions, or similar experiences? (my wife thinks that since my “Mother” joined ancestry DNA, she definitely was looking for me…Im not so sure)

  89. MaryJo Pietromonaco

    Right after my 57th birthday, I got my Ancestry results back. After a lifetime of wondering and questioning, I found out my 100% Italian father was not my father (I have 2% Italian). In confronting my mother, I was more shocked by how easily and freely she was with not just information, but photographs too! And news of a half-brother who lived only down the road. It’s been almost three months since I found out, and met my 1/2 brother five weeks ago. Uncanny the resemblance. My father died in 2001, but planning to meet my aunt (father’s sister) in October when I fly back east with my 1/2 brother. No one in his family knew. As far as I can tell, no one in mine knew either, although I guarantee my grandmother & aunt suspected. Explains SO much of my childhood!!! My dad (who raised me) supposedly didn’t know…. he passed in 2015 so I’ll never know for sure and pray he didn’t.

  90. alice wade

    Will this AncestryDNA test help me identify who my real father is? The man I always thought was my father is now deceased and there has been some question as to whether he really was my father. My mother is also deceased so there is no one left to ask that would know for sure.

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