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These People Were Born Generations Apart, But They Look Almost Exactly Alike!

They say history repeats itself, and after seeing these photos, we’re inclined to agree. Genetics, as you probably know, are powerful forces that express themselves in all kinds of ways, even in our own families. But if you think physical resemblance is limited to parents and kids, think again.

My Heritage recently held a competition to see who looked the most like their ancestors, and some of the results were downright uncanny.

Father and Son

Father and Son

Great-Grandfather and Great-Grandson

Great-Grandfather and Great-Grandson

Olaus (born 1871) and Max (born 1991)

Olaus (born 1871) and Max (born 1991)

Great-Aunt Ida (born 1898) and Great-Niece Caroline (born 1981)

Great-Aunt Ida (born 1898) and Great-Niece Caroline (born 1981)

Grandfather Henry Daniel and Grandson Casey Edward (both photographed at age 21)

Grandfather Henry Daniel and Grandson Casey Edward (both photographed at age 21)

These two women are four generations apart!

These two women are four generations apart!

Great-Grandmother Michelle and Great-Granddaughter Lucy (born 87 years apart)

Great-Grandmother Michelle and Great-Granddaughter Lucy (born 87 years apart)

Grandfather and Grandson

Grandfather and Grandson

Grandmother Jackie and Granddaughter Caroline

Grandmother Jackie and Granddaughter Caroline

Great-Grandfather Louis (born 1917) and Great-Grandson Matthew (born 1995)

Great-Grandfather Louis (born 1917) and Great-Grandson Matthew (born 1995)

Great-Grandfather Benjamin and Great-Grandson John

Great-Grandfather Benjamin and Great-Grandson John

Most impressively of all, these relatives were born more than 200 years apart, and they’re still rocking the family resemblance!

Most impressively of all, these relatives were born more than 200 years apart, and they're still rocking the family resemblance!

On the left, we have John Brownlow, First Viscount Tyrconnel, Knight of the Molt Honorable Order of the Bath (born 1740) and on the right, descendant John Brownlow (born 1953). How awesome is that?

Now that cameras are everywhere, future generations will know exactly what their ancestors looked like but as you look more deeply into the past from where we stand today, visual records become scarce. In the future, the fact that someone looks just like their great-great-great-grandmother might not seem so impressive, but for now, it’s still pretty amazing.

Dig through some old family photos and see if you can find the past version of yourself! You can also see more look-alikes in My Heritage’s Pinterest album.