An Ancestral Doppelganger is Discovered!

This afternoon I read the post on the Olive Tree Genealogy blog about her recently discovered family resemblance and couldn’t resist commenting about the resemblance between my father-in-law and his ancestral doppelganger Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky.

A while ago, while I was researching the Shelby family which included the original Welsh Quaker immigrant Evan Isaac Shelby (8th great grandfather to my father-in-law), his son Brigadier General Evan Shelby (7th great granduncle) and Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky (1st cousin, 8 times removed, and born in 1750), I was immediately struck by the resemblance between my father-in-law and Governor Isaac Shelby.

Here are the photos.

What do you think?








Considering this relationship spans seven generations, it is quite amazing!

In another instance, I was doing some research for a friend who was curious about what happened to one mysterious great great aunt who had a past around which there had been rumours. Upon researching, I discovered that she was actually the birth mother of a girl who was raised by another family member, believing this person was her own aunt.

At the time of the child’s birth, this woman worked as a domestic in the home of a wealthy entrepreneur in the late 1800’s and became pregnant, having the child out of wedlock.

Knowing how often the domestics were taken advantage of by the men of the house, I looked into it further, believing he might be the baby’s father. I was sort of surprised (but not too much) to find a picture of this gentleman’s grandson and great-grandson – and there was a definite resemblance! In this case it was not quite as striking, but was there nonetheless around the mouth and eyes.

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A fifties' child, mom, wife, avid genealogy researcher, web contributor and author/owner of four blogs including Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest Nest, Top Web Blog Tips, Job Bully, and our extensive family genealogy database site at Blythe Genealogy.

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  1. Wow that is really a look-a-like! I’m so glad you posted on my blog so I could read your story and see the photos.

    DNA is fascinating, and it’s amazing the physical characteristics that get passed down. and down. and down!

  2. Jana Last says:


    I want to let you know that your blog post and blog are listed in today’s Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Joan Bos says:

    A couple of years ago I was contacted by a woman who was related on my mother’s side through common ancestors who married in 1819. (She was also related to my father’s side through a common ancestor around the same time.) The point is that she looks a lot like my mother.

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Empty Nest Genealogy
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