A woman was shocked when she researched her husband’s genealogy and discovered that the pair were related – but it was ‘too late’ as they were already married and had a child.
Sharing her story anonymously, the woman said that she had been married for about a year when her partner discovered that he was part Native American.
The woman’s curiosity was sparked, as she too was part Native Americanmothe – so she did some research and looked into his family tree, but was shocked by what she learned.
After going back just a short way, she saw her own maiden name on the list, so she compared his family tree with her own and found a link – her great grandmother was his great grand aunt.
Taking to Reddit, she said: “I did some genealogy research on my husband’s maternal side of the family. I find his great-great-grandfather who is officially Seminole Indian.
“We are excited at this point because we find that his grandmother was also born in Oklahoma on the Seminole territory.
“Well, I decided to go back a Lil further and I become alarmed when I find my mother’s maiden surname down the line. I look into it further and find that they were born on Chickasaw territory in Oklahoma.
“At this point, my adrenaline kicks in and I immediately jump back to my mother’s family tree. And there I found her. The woman that connects us. My second great-grandmother, and my husband third great grand aunt.
“The first thing I thought of was my mother-in-law saying ‘I feel like she’s a part of me’ when we first met. Funny how that works.
“No going back now. We’re married and we have a daughter together. It really is a small world.”
After sharing her story online, the woman was inundated with comments from people who said she shouldn’t be concerned – reassuring her that it wasn’t as rare as she thought.
One said: “It’s fine, don’t flip out over it. People tend to generally stay in one geographic area, lots of people all around you are distantly related somehow. Practically can’t avoid it.”
While another added: “That’s actually kinda cool. I can see why it might disturb you at first. But your kid will have quite an interesting ancestry of being two tribes.”
And a third wrote: “My husband and I did this too but found out I’m distantly related to his best friend.”