Everyone should know what a doppelgänger is...hopefully. If not, here is a general definition of what a doppelgänger is: a look-alike or a double of a living person, mainly thought of a harbinger of evil, that is considered to be a paranormal phenomenon.
While I was doing my research on the FILIPEK line one day, I found some family photos of the original FILIPEK family. I was so excited that I had found some old photos of my ancestors! I was filled with butterflies, knowing that I finally found out what my family from Czechoslovakia looked like. I did not know what to think! I was quick to save the pictures to a flash drive that way I would have them to look at later.
Later that night, I went through the pictures that I saved to my flash drive to take a closer look at my ancestors. Then, that is when I noticed the doppelgänger...
Here is the conversation that I had with my mom that night:
"Hey Mom! Come over here and look at this!"
"Yeah, what's up?"
"Who does this look like to you?"
I couldn't believe it! I found his doppelgänger! Not only does this show I had the right family, but there were be two more sets of doppelgängers within my family.
Now, time to reveal my family member (right picture) who is the doppelgänger of the man in the picture above to the left, who is Josef FILIPEK (one of my 2nd-great uncles): my own father!!!
I showed the picture to my father, and asked him who Josef looked like and he said, "I don't know." I then told him that both myself and my mom said that Josef looked like him. He then said, "Okay, I can see a resemblance."
Now like I said earlier, there were two more sets of doppelgängers that would pop up during my research. Here are those pictures:
First set of pictures: my Uncle Preston FILIPEK and my biological grandfather Raymond FILIPEK
Second set of pictures: myself and my mom, Linda DEBE
You will never know if you have doppelgängers in your family until you find picture of the ancestors and compare them to your current living family.
I am an amateur/novice genealogist, that is just going through life while doing family research. I was "bit" by the genealogy bug at young age by my mom. Once I was bit, there was no turning back.