‘This is the best Christmas present’: Best friends of 60 years discover they are actually brothers through Ancestry.com

  • Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have been friends for over 60 years
  • The two men first met while in grade school in Oahu, Hawaii, but Macfarlane never knew his father and Robinson was adopted
  • Each men searched for answers about their families via Ancestry.com and took a DNA test for the website
  • But the results left them in shock as they discovered they shared the same X chromosomes and realized they were brothers thanks to their mom
  • Both men are elated with the discovery and say it’s the best Christmas gift ever

Two men who have been best friends for over 60 years discovered that they are actually brothers after taking a DNA test through Ancestry.com.

Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane recently made the shocking discovery after taking a DNA test through family history website Ancestry.com, KHON2 reported.

But the pair have actually known each other and been friends for the majority of their lives after initially meeting in the sixth grade while growing up in Oahu, Hawaii.

‘He was the party-er, I never went to or did any partying in high school,’ Macfarlane said.

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Alan Robinson (left) and Walter Macfarlane (right) have been friends for over 60 years. But the two men just recently discovered that they share more in common and are actually brothers
Robinson (right) and Macfarlane (left) recently made the shocking discovery after taking a DNA test through family history website Ancestry.com.

The two were both born and raised on the island and even played football together at Punahou.

Macfarlane explained that he never knew his father and Robinson was adopted.

‘I had a younger brother that I lost when he was 19, so I never had nieces or nephews,’ Robinson said.

‘I thought I’ll never know my birth mother, I’ll never have any nieces or nephews.’

Over the past few years, Macfarlane searched for answers about his father through the internet and social media, but he didn’t have any luck.

He finally turned to DNA matching websites for families.

‘So then we started digging into all the matches he started getting,’ Macfarlane’s daughter Cindy Macfarlane-Flores explained.

But the pair have actually known each other and been friends for the majority of their lives after initially meeting in the sixth grade while growing up in Oahu, Hawaii. The two were both born and raised on the island and even played football together at Punahou

Macfarlane (left) explained that he never knew his father and Robinson (right) was adopted. They both unknowingly took a DNA test via Ancestry.com in search for answers and realized they shared the same X chromosomes

At the top of the list was a person with the username Robi737 and the test showed they had several matches including identical X chromosomes.

‘As a nickname everybody called him Robi and he flew 737s for Aloha Airlines, he was a pilot,’ Macfarlane-Flores said of Robinson.

Ironically, Robinson also used Ancestry.com to find out answers about his family.

The two friends then spoke on the phone and figured out they shared the same birth mother.

‘It was a shock,’ Macfarlane said.

They were both shocked at first once they figured out they were really brothers and said it was the best gift ever for Christmas

‘Yea it was shock, definitely and then we thought about it and compared forearms,’ Robinson said.

‘Yea hairy arms, that did it!’ Macfarlane shouted.

The two friends turned brothers, who are 15 months apart in age, shared the news with their friends and family on Saturday night.

‘It was an overwhelming experience, it’s still overwhelming. I don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to get over this feeling,’ Robinson said.

The two men now are making plans to travel and enjoy retirement together.

‘This is the best Christmas present I could ever imagine having,’ Robinson said.

‘It really is a Christmas miracle and we’re just so happy that we found it,’ Macfarlane-Flores said.

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