Being born is a lot like rolling up a character in an RPG, but instead of magical powers and divine gifts from the gods, we tend to get muggle-worthy stuff like uncle Roger’s elaborate eyelashes and great-grandma Betsy’s charming smile. However… How-e-ver!
From time to time, the Universe gets lazy and decides to reuse old assets, copy-pasting the same genetic information. It might think that nobody will notice because it’s been at least one generation since it’s used that particular genetic code, but it’s darn wrong. That’s how people end up looking so much like their relatives, it’s spooky and has us wondering about secret government cloning facilities (the truth is out there!).
The r/AncestryDNA subreddit is a place for people to share their heritage and genetic ancestry, as well as to document how you might be the spitting image of your relatives, some of whom might still be alive while others lived hundreds of years ago. Check the photos people posted to the community down below and, as you’re scrolling down, upvote the ones that impressed you the most. Be sure to write a comment or two about who you resemble the most in your families, dear Pandas!
A Friend Of Mine Took This Picture At A Clinic. Rare Condition From Mother To Daughter
I Never Understood Why People Said I Look Like My Dad Until We Found This Picture Of My Paternal Grandma
My Son On The Left And My Dad On The Right W/My Little Sister
Founded in the summer of 2017, the ‘AncestryDNA’ subreddit boasts 31.7k members, but has only 2 moderators. In our experience, that’s a sign that the community is very friendly and that the mods are able to keep everything in check without any additional help.
The rules there are pretty self-explanatory: be civil, don’t advertise random stuff. The subreddit also asks that its members don’t have others play ‘guess my ethnicity’ games, as there’s a megathread on another Reddit community dedicated to that. Bored Panda has reached out to both the r/AncestryDNA team, as well as the ‘Ancestry DNA’ firm for further comments and to confirm whether the two are directly linked or if the subreddit is a fan project.
My Father And I At 29
My Norwegian Great-Grandmother And I Favor Quite A Bit. According To My Test (And Genealogy Maps) My Scandinavian Roots Are Only 26%, But Her Genes Must’ve Been As Strong As Her Back!
It’s not just our immediate family members that look just like us, however. Strangers can look identical to us, too. Many of us have had the uncanny realization that we've seen our doppelganger whether on the street or on our TV screens. It might not be a wacky coincidence, however. Geneticist Arthur Beaudet from the Baylor College of Medicine said that “people who look identical almost certainly share more DNA than two random strangers who don’t look alike.”
In other words, if you ever meet a person who has an uncanny resemblance to you, say ‘hi’ because they might be your long-lost cousin (or a clone, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves). Meanwhile, I’m just hoping that Keanu Reeves and I are actually related. That would be… breathtaking.
My Whole Life People Have Told Me "You Look Just Like Your Mom When She Was Your Age". I Never Saw It But When I Found This Old Picture Of My Mom (L) When She Was Little... I See It
Me At Age 30 vs. My Dad At Age 14
My Paternal Grandfather And Me, I Always Thought I Looked Nothing Like My Dad Until I Saw His Dad
3-Generations Me In 2019 (Left), Mom In 1992 (Bottom), And Grandma In 1974 (Top)
My Friends Newborn Baby Was Born With The Same Birthmark In Her Hair As Her Mother
I Often Hear How I Look Like My Grandmother...thoughts?
My Maternal Grandmother And Me! Genes Are Funny
Would Have Never Known I Was A Doppelganger Of My Great Grandmother (1894-1961) Without Ancestrydna. Today I Connected With My Fourth Cousin Who Sent Me This Photograph. I'm Shocked
Ancestry Helped My Father Find Out Who His Father Was! My Father(Left) Was Born In The 60’s And Grew Up Not Knowing Who His Biological Father Was. After Buying Him A Dna Test We Found Out His Father Had Passed Away But Dna Does Not Lie! Am I The Only One Who Thinks They Could Be Twins?
My Niece And My Sister, Her Aunt, At 6 Years Old
Paternal Cousins Results
Me Compared To My Young Dad And Grandpa Today Traits
My Great Grandfather And My Dad - Genetics Are Crazy!
Me And My Great Great Uncle
Me And My Great Uncle (Now vs. Wwii)
My Grandmother And I At Age 2
My Dad And I Reconnect After 40 Years. Thanks To Ancestrydna For Matching Me With My Aunt Who Is His Sister So That We Could All Reunite
At Age Fifty I Found My Biological Father With Ancestry Dna. When We Started Comparing Pictures, This Pairing Really Stood Out
My Great Grandfather (B. 1890 - D. 1965) Was Raising A Family Of 5 And Taking Care Of His Parents At My Age Now (24) All With A $50 A Year Salary In The Deep South
Picture Of Me And My Grandmother (Dad's Mom) When She Was In Her Twenties. People Say I Have Similar Features To Her. I Think She Was So Beautiful. I'm Of Mixed Ethnicity Btw
Note: this post originally had 70 images. It’s been shortened to the top 29 images based on user votes.