14 People Who Got a Surprise With Their DNA Results Share Their Stories

I think that most people who decide to spit in a little tube and send it in to be analyzed just think it would be fun to find out what countries our ancestors hailed from – if the stories our parents and grandparents have always told are correct.

Some people who are adopted or who suspect they haven’t been told the whole story about their conception or heritage, might do so with a few more hopes.

Then there are people like these 14, who went in expecting a bit of fun and ended up with whole new families instead.

14. Is…is someone going to tell her?

My cousin took a test and goes on and on about how she’s almost completely Irish. Our grandpa was German.

I’d heard from my mom as a kid that my aunt’s biological father was probably her friend’s father.

I’ve looked the family up on Facebook and my aunt looks just that friend.

My cousin seems to have no idea of any of this.

I don’t think my aunt does either.

13. That’s an understatement.

Same here. At the age of 60, I discovered who my real father was and that I have 9 half-siblings.

He was a bit of a dog!

My father and I chatted a lot until he passed away last year.

One of my sisters lives nearby and we’ve spent quality time together.

12. Gonna have to find a new brag.

My ex-husband’s family were proud of their Dutch heritage and claimed to be one of the founding families of the historically Dutch Holland, MI.

His ancestry results didn’t show any Dutch ancestry.

Instead, he had primarily English/Irish ancestry.

11. A happy ending.

Not me, but a friend never knew who his father was (mom had a weekend fling in college and never contacted the guy after) and his wife helped him use ancestry.com to try and track him down. My friend reached out and the guy was obviously surprised, but flew across the country to meet him.

They have a great relationship now, the dad attended his wedding, and they try to get their families together a couple times a year or so

10. Sacre le bleu!

One of my best friends has a very French last name and her family was always very proud of their French heritage.

Until her dad took a DNA test and found no French in their background

9. This sounds awful.

A friend discovered that her father was not really her father.

Her mom had an affair and she was the result. It tore her family apart.

Her “father” did not know he was not really her father.

Note: she was 45 years old when this happened.

8. No one wants to hear that.

That my father is a registered sex offender (parents are divorced).

7. A brother!

Not me, but a family friend.

He did the test and found out he had a half-brother. Turns out his dad had an affair a while back, and that kid was a product of that affair.

6. People never change.

My dad and Aunt found out they had an older brother!

Long story, my grandfather had a fling before he met my grandmother, never even knew he had a son, went and lived his life and some near 60 years later, BOOM!

Ancestry test, here you go!

So another really good story from this one.

5. Aww, I love this story.

A full 100% older brother. My mother got pregnant by my father before the were married. Scandalous in 1960. So, with my father’s knowledge of the situation, mom left town, and lived with my aunt until the birth.

Mom gave the baby up for adoption, and then returned home.

A couple years later, she married my dad and had three more children together, including me. Fifty five years later, after both my parents had died, my aunt let it slip that me and my siblings that were not the only children of our parents. To paraphrase from Star Wars, there is another.

My sister took a DNA test, and a couple of year later she got a hit. Soon thereafter, we met our new big brother and his family (wife, kids) and have become quite close.

4. This is all very mysterious.

So, I did the health DNA one 18 months ago because I wanted to see if I had the breast cancer gene, as there is several incidences on both sides of my family. Got my results and became very confused, it claimed I had no Italian despite my father’s grandma literally coming over from Sicily in 1920.

It took me a few minutes to realize what that actually meant. My parents have been together since my mother was 14, I was born when she was 17, and my father joined the military and married my mother. Called my mom and she literally said “that’s interesting.” Then she asked me not to talk to my father and she would explain everything the next time I visited. She did not, and just refused i talk about it.

Honestly, I was just shook. I did not see it coming and it was never even presented to be a possibility to me. My sister ended up doing a DNA test and it showed that we were half siblings. I went no contact with my mother 4 months ago, due to this incident and several others.

I haven’t told my dad but I realize at some point the truth is going to come out, my sister matched with some of my fathers relatives while I did not so if anyone checks that shit, they’re gonna be asking questions.

3. Surprise!

My dad has a cousin living in Utah. The family has always lived in Pennsylvania.

For the timing to work, his grandfather hooked up prior to coming to the US in 1918 or his grandmother had a kid and gave it up when she was like 14.

Either way, that kid would have been my Dad’s aunt/uncle which we never knew about.

2. More family to love!

Not me, My wife

A few years ago my wife and I both took the 23 and me test. One of her matches came back with 23% which is high for someone non-family. She messaged him and they started talking. He was about 10 years older, said he was adopted and the only thing he knew was some basic biological info. From his age that would have put her mom at 14 but her mom never said anything about it. So the two options were her mom got knocked up young or Grandma had a secret love child.

So she asked her youngest Uncle who said when he was a kid he remembered his sister going away for a few months because she was “sick” and the family just pretended it never happened. He also said that before his mom (my wives Grandmother) passed she told him all about it.

So my wife now has a Brother, a sister in law and nieces and nephews.

1. Well that’s insane.

My son is my 4th cousin.

(We adopted him as an infant from an agency.)

Fun to find that we are actually related!

These kinds of stories are so fascinating, don’t you think?

If you’ve got one to toss on the pile, please do so in the comments!