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Woman Discovers She Accidentally Married Her Cousin While Pregnant With His Baby

A woman in Utah discovers that she unknowingly married her cousin and is pregnant with his child.

Marcella Hill, a shocked mother, shared her incredible discovery on TikTok and it quickly went viral.

See the video below:

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Funny story... I accidentally married my cousin. We had no idea our Grandma and Grandpa were 1st cousins. Oops. #funnystory #marcellahill #wakeherup #marriage #marriedlife #awakening #momsoftiktok #grandmasoftiktok

♬ original sound - Marcella Hill

While searching for baby names on the internet, the 41-year-old and her husband were sitting on the couch and decided to check out FamilySearch to see what they could discover.

Strangely, the couple noticed something unusual about the names of their grandparents and great-grandparents.

"So I've never publicly told anyone but I accidentally married my cousin," the TikToker explained.

"I was sitting on the couch looking for names for the baby that we were about to have and I was on [genealogy site] FamilySearch.

"Husband's next to me on his own FamilySearch and he's like, 'Oh that's funny, we have the same grandma and grandpa's names'.

"I look at this line and it's all the same as mine. So I think, 'Oh no no, you're still logged into my account'.

"Then we start looking at it and we realize my grandpa is his grandma's first cousin."

After contacting their respective grandparents, the couple was informed that they share the same great-great-grandparents.

"Sure enough, sure do. They lived together when they were growing up as children," Marcella said of their great grandparents.

"We (Marcella and her husband) are third cousins.

"And when I go to my family reunion, he gets to go to his too at the same time."

The viewers were taken aback by the revelation, with one person commenting:

"How didn't y'all realise this at the wedding?"

Another joked: "So in a way your baby is it's own 4th cousin.

"3rd cousins not a huge deal, you're good. hilarious though," a third said.

While someone else said: "I think you should have just not told anyone."

"Say you're from Utah without saying you're from Utah," another joked.

In the United States, it is legally permitted for second cousins to marry in all states.

However, in approximately half of the states in the United States, marriage between first cousins is considered legal.

According to Utah state laws, it is prohibited for first cousins to marry unless both individuals are 65 or older and a district court has determined that either party is unable to have children.

Marcella described how she ended up marrying her cousin in a different TikTok video.

"We got married at a courthouse after work on a Wednesday," she said.

She continued: "Let's say we had the wedding, and my grandpa and his grandma were there, and we found out that we were third cousins at the wedding, what were supposed to do?"