Like Mother, Like Daughter

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For Mother’s Day this year, we asked our readers to send in their look-alike photos with the women in their families of different generations.

The results were incredible. We were blown away by the similarities in the photos received. Many resemblances are uncanny!

We were happy to reward Stephanie Brown with a MyHeritage DNA kit as the winner of the look-alike competition!

Stephanie Brown

From left, Elzabeth (Diemert) Brown with great-great-great-granddaughter, Stephanie Brown, born 133 years later.

Here are some of our other favorite look-alike photos we received:

Margie Wirth

“Here are four generations of women. We all have similar eyes. My hair was much redder when I was younger. I definitely got my hair color and thickness/texture and hazel-green eyes from my great-grandmother Maggie. I got my square face shape and nose from my great-great-grandmother, Mary. My profile and chin are similar to my grandmother. She also received the same hair thickness and texture from her mother.”

From left, Margie’s great-great-grandmother Mary Maher, great-grandmother Margaret “Maggie” (Maher) McKeown, grandmother Margaret McKeown, and Margie Wirth.

Kelly Bond

From left, Kelly’s grandmother Nana Wilhelmina Thomas, and Kelly.

Jessica May

“We are always told how alike we look!”

From left, Madeleine May and daughter, Jessica May.

Barbara Lopez

“My mom passed away two years ago and, while looking through old photos, I was astonished to see how much my mom looks like my daughter at almost the same age. Well, we at least all have the same expression.”

From left, Barbara’s mom Jane Ellen Lockwood at 21, Barbara at 43, and Barbara’s daughter Meghan at 21.

Michelle Devlin

“She is my twin!”

From left, Michelle’s daughter, Adriana at 3, and Michelle as a young child.

Peggy Lauritzen

“People have often told me how much I resemble my mom, but I thought they meant in my nature or my personality. I never saw the physical resemblance until I saw these photos of my mom and me, side by side.”

From left, Peggy’s mother Ida Stevens Clemens (1913-1984), and Peggy Lynne Clemens Lauritzen.

Katja Laaksonen

From left, Katja’s grandmother at her engagement party, her mother’s second wedding day, and Kaja.

Jessica Di Battista

From left, Jessica’s mom and Jessica (1993) and Jessica with her own daughter (2019).

Karen Lingat

From left, Karen’s mother c1930, and Karen c1970.

Jan Beattie

“She is a mini-me for sure. I had a photo of me at age four hanging in my daughter’s room. The first time my mother-in-law saw it, she asked when I had taken that photo of Melissa. Both my aunts call Melissa little Jan.”

From left, Jan (Cash) Beattie in 1956, and her daughter Melissa Beattie in 1983.

Samantha Evangelista

“I found this photo of my great-great-grandmother through a DNA match with a cousin!”

From left, Samantha’s great-great-grandmother and Samantha Evangelista.

Megan Terrell

“Our great-grandmother is still alive and had two daughters — one is my grandmother Rhonda, and the other is Karen — who both had all sons, including Rhiannon’s father. Rhiannon and her father share the same distinct facial features passed down from May, and everyone says Rhiannon will look just like her grandmother when she gets older.”

From left, Megan’s great-grandmother May Ballard Germer born 1934, and her second cousin Rhiannon Baker born 2018.

Jayne Sauley

“I could tell you many stories about my daughter and I being confused as twins from a distance or sisters — too many times. At 20, I had my firstborn within a year of marrying her father. From the moment I knew I was pregnant, I knew she was a girl. Everyone said to be prepared if she was not, but I knew from day one. You see, my mom was killed when I was 6. I think God whispered in my ear many years ago that I’d get the chance to do what she didn’t — to see my daughter grow into a young woman. All my life, I heard how much I looked like my mother, walked like my mother, even ate corn on the cob like my mother. Now my firstborn hears how much she looks like me; how I just “spit her out” how God didn’t break the mold and kept using it. It’s a beautiful thing to see my mom live on in her.”

From left, daughter Kaitlan Becker, and mother Dorothy Jayne Sauley.

Megan Ryan

From left, Megan’s grandmother and Megan.

Are there any fascinating family resemblances in your family? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Carol Hall


    June 1, 2019

    My mother and me. There is a picture that I think looks exactly how I look, only she has dark brown hair and my hair is red.

  • Atalanta Pendragon


    June 15, 2019

    The X chromosome is strong with this one. The same thing has happened in my family going back to my great, great grandmother (as far as I know, could go further!). If you put 4 generations of women in our family in the same room, it’s eerily like being in a room full of doppelgangers. You can definitely tell immediately that we all come from the same genetic tree!

  • Karen Shiels


    June 23, 2019

    Re, look alike.

    My maternal great grandmother Angela Callagan and my first Cousin Debbie Young look alike.Also, my My Aunt, Joan Young on my mother’s side looks exactly like my Grandfather’s sister Cordelia.
    It’s amazing!!

  • DELIA J WELLS


    June 27, 2019

    Just amazing to see . What a great idea!

  • Dawn Eyre


    June 27, 2019

    My first cousin born in 1837 and I look quite a bit alike. My father was astonished when I sent him the photo.

  • liz bang


    June 27, 2019

    I have the exact profile of my maternal great grandmother which is interesting as we both have protruding lower jaws and in my case lower teeth in front of upper teeth so I had a plate to push uppers forward. Our noses are the same too. I don’t look like my grandmother but have some of my mother’s traits.

  • L. Oliva


    June 27, 2019

    The odd numbered children take after their fathers as long as there’s been no miscarriages. Even numbered take after their mothers so some of these photos are not so surprising. It’s the generational skips that are fascinating.

  • Dr. Maureen Riley-Behringer


    June 27, 2019

    I like to think of geneology…as a way to get to know our unknown family members and as a way of unearthing simple connections across generations like handwriting.

    Among a couple of our male relatives who’ve shared names across generations, signatures on draft cards and marriage licenses are amazingly similar. For example, our paternal grandfather died long before me/my generation’s births. There was little talk and few pictures of him, making him an interesting family member to explore.

    When I pulled up his draft card and marriage license application from the early 1900s, we learned several interesting things. But, the first thing that leapt off those pages were his signature — our grandfather and father had almost identical signatures. We placed our dad’s draft cards/marriage license from the 1950s and 60s side-by-side to our great grandfather’s and they were eerily similar!

    We are now looking at other parts of our tree where family members shared names and signatures are available for comparison. This is something fun in addition to all the other great learning going on during this process about our family members!

  • Joanna


    June 27, 2019

    So myself and the two oldest daughters (19 and 21) of my BFF are in my kitchen in Kansas looking through an old photo album of their dad’s ancestors in Iowa. When we got to a pic of the dad’s grandmother, we all blurted out in unison “Robin!”, their 10-yr-old sister, supposedly BFF’s only child with her 2nd husband. Well, bone structure and facial features don’t lie, and my friend had to admit she had one last fling with her ex shortly before her wedding to Hubby #2. Robin herself was thrilled to find out she was no longer the half-sister, as she’d always felt more connected the older girls’ dad than to her (supposedly) own dad, from whom my friend was now divorced, and he to her.

    In my own family, my Cousin Duane, my dad’s nephew, is the spitting image of one of our paternal great-uncles. Both sport the same uni-brow and other facial features, something we’d never have known without old studio portraits taken in Sarpy Co NE circa 1870.

  • Robin


    June 27, 2019

    My Mother and my daughter not only look alike, they have the same personality!

  • Becky Grassl


    June 27, 2019

    As a 1 or 2 year old, i look just like my father at that age who looks like his grandfather who looks like my 3rd ggrandfather. Im not sure how i should feel about looking like the men in my family.

  • Patty Almond


    June 27, 2019

    I have a niece, Christina, who at age 6, looked exactly like my grandmother, Elizabeth Weber. I actually took a photo I had of Elizabeth at about that age and paired it with a photo I shot of Christina wearing a similar expression. People can’t believe the resemblance!

  • Hélène


    June 28, 2019

    We were at my Mum’s place with our 2 yr old grandson from Ireland. My Mum pointed to the photo of her mother and oldest brother who died of the Spanish Influenza at 2 yrs old in 1918. The resemblance and poise of m grandson’s great-great uncle were astounding! I wish I could post the photos here.

  • Barbara Harvey


    June 29, 2019

    My son, born 1969 and my grandfather born 1880 are so alike! Same aquiline nose & hair line .It is the only known photograph of my grandfather who died in 1918.

  • Elizabeth Newcombe


    June 30, 2019

    Hello. I am naturally right-handed, and in my teenage years I discovered by accident that I can write backwards, quite naturally, with my left hand! I can close my eyes and write something, hold it to a mirror and it looks exactly like my right-handed writing. No-one else in my family, that I know of, have/had this little inherited? quirk. Leonardo da Vinci wrote his notes in mirror-writing when he didn’t want others to read them. I wonder how many people out there today have the same peculiarity.

  • Sandra Lee


    June 30, 2019

    I was born left handed like my Aunt.
    I began to use my right hand at age 7 when I broke my arm. Now I am ambi-dextrous in many ways.

  • Mary A Grindol


    July 25, 2019

    I have always realized that I looked very much like my mother and my maternal grandmother, but recently a relative pointed out how much I look like my deceased first cousin on my mother’s side, Leona. She, of course, was also a granddaughter of my grandmother. I am now 83 and have outlived my mother by 11 years and my grandmother by 9. Only Leona lived longer – to 93, and I have a sister nearly 93 who I also resemble.