Questions tagged [autosomal-dna]

For questions about autosomal DNA testing for genealogical purposes. Autosomal DNA is the majority of the DNA in our chromosomes, and is passed by both mother and father to child. This includes tests provided by AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and FamilyTreeDNA's FamilyFinder.

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Assessing likelihood of incest using AncestryDNA results

My mother was raped by her father sometime in her adolescence. There was a trial and he was acquitted, but it is generally known and accepted in our family that the rape did occur. I don’t know if the ...
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Finding common ancestor

There are two people: #1 Male; age 20; born 2000 #2 Female; age 79; born 1942 They have: Autosomal match: 299.3cM. Largest segment: 58.9. Gen: 2.79 X-DNA: 109.9cM Largest segment: 66.4 There is ...
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Determining likely relationship for DNA match of 1,148cM

Was not looking to discover my father wasn't my bio dad. Now I have a match claiming I'm his half- aunt. I'm hoping that I'm NOT his parent’s half-sibling but instead their half-cousin. Is it possible?...
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Using AncestryDNA to verify if sister also aunt

My bio dad adopted my sister. We share the same mother. I recently found her birth certificate, and on it was grandfathers name. It was in German so I do not really understand it all. Our mother has ...
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Using DNA to find biological father

I have done both 23 & me and Ancestry trying to gets leads on who in the world my birth father could be. My mom truly can’t recall. I found a first cousin or potential great aunt I think. She ...
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Making sense of low DNA match for half-siblings

My DNA match on Ancestry was thought to be my half sister. After my test came back, 713 cMs across 20 segments, 10% shared DNA, longest segment 136, that says my Grandfather would be her father, but ...
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How do Genetic Percentages in Common Compare to Possible Familial Relationships?

I recently was contacted about a deceased half-sister who is 11 years older than me. I did a 23AndMe test, and it shows us as 1st cousins with 13.57% shared DNA. An adoption agency lists my mother as ...
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Half uncle cM match to niece/nephew not same as reverse match

My mother's half brother and I both submitted DNA samples to Ancestry. His came back 393 cm related to me. Mine came back 795 related to him. Why would there be such a large difference?
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Understanding DNA match of 2,559cM to grandparent

I received my DNA results from Ancestry. My first DNA match ended up being my paternal grandpa. We shared 37 percent of our DNA and 2559cm. If that seems high, what could be causing so strong of a ...
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DNA matches half uncle

I was wondering if anyone could answer this question I have. I have DNA match with my half uncle ( fathers side) , and I also have a half great Aunty - mother’s side. My sister has a slightly higher ...
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Would half siblings share the same DNA links to extended family

I've matched with either a half sibling\aunt or niece on MyHeritage - we chatted and it seems like we share the same father. However, I have links to a 1st cousin once removed or second cousin, for ...
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3rd Cousin DNA with a person

I share a DNA match with a male person of 152cM coming up as a 3rd cousin. I also share a match with his half brother but much Lower at 45cM. These two share the same father but different mothers. I’...
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What is the relationship based on shared DNA

We are trying to find out information regarding my mothers biological father side of the family. My mom was adopted in 1945 and later in life discovered her biological mother but not her biological ...
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Distinguishing half siblings from first cousins (possible fathers are brothers) using shared cM

Regarding half siblings, sent my DNA to Ancestry came to a match of half sibling at 1530 cMs @ 99% half sibling however was in contact with such match and he is claiming my father or one his two ...
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Unknown dna match [duplicate]

I’m new here and I just found out who my biological father was. Why I’m here is on ancestry.com a new dna match came up with 1,012 centimorgans with 36 segments longest segment is 100 centimorgans. ...
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Determining AncestryDNA Match relationship [duplicate]

I had my DNA tested through Ancestry.com. My closest match shares 2041cm. Is it safe to say this is probably a half-sibling? Are other ways of confirming this relationship?
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Matching one cousin more than double their sibling

I have a 1883 cM match with my first cousin. I have a 762 match with his brother, and a 4462 match with my sister. Is there an explanation?
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Understanding DNA match of 1,723 cM

I have a DNA match of 1,723 cM with a male 6 years younger than me. His father is one of a twin, could my match be not my half-sibling but my 1st cousin.
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Sharing 52% DNA with mother

I received my 23 and me results and it says I share 52% DNA with my mom. Is this possible?
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Understanding relationship with Shared DNA of 1,501 cM across 50 segments [duplicate]

My husband and I recently did AncestryDNA. He came back with a DNA match (shared with his mother) that simply says "close relative". He has no idea who this person is, and his mother claims ...
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Half Uncle possibility -fathers side

I recently conducted a DNA test on ancestry.com and I received a strong match with a guy I don’t know . 758cms across 23 segments longest segment 86cm. He is 57 years of age and my father is 70 and i ...
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ALL 23andme matches link via one grandparent?

I have spent hours today looking at my 23andme DNA matches, and while I have not checked every single one, it seems to me that ALL of them descend from ancestors of my paternal grandmother. I am 100% ...
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2 unknown grand fathers

I have known for a long time that my fathers father is unknown. Unfortunately, I have learned that my mothers father is unknown also. I have recently received my DNA results but the nearest match is ...
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Shared DNA when MRCAs are Cousins

On average, 2nd cousins are expected to share about 1/16 of their DNA. If parent-child share 3600 cM, then the 2nd cousins would share on average 1/16 of that or 225 cM. The 2nd cousins share a set of ...
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Does DNA match of 1,781 cM suggest half siblings? [duplicate]

I have been contacted by someone who says we are half sisters due to our DNA match. Our DNA is 1,781 which apparently is a high match. Would this make us half sisters? I am an only child and she is ...
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Understanding why first cousins may share only 360 cM

I have taken a closer look at the info on my 23andMe match with my known 1st cousin. It says we share 360 Centimorgans, and the Centimorgan charts I've looked at suggest this is potentially outside ...
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Is 1,147 cM match for half sibling or cousin

I have an 855 cM match with a mystery 1st-2nd cousin. My cousin has an 1,147 cM match to the same mystery cousin. Is it possible the 1,147 cM match could be a half sibling?
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Can my half uncle's, half sister be my 1st cousin once removed?

What we believe to be my half-uncle (16% shared DNA | 1,118 cM), has a believed half-sister (1,660cM). My relation to the 'half-sister' is (8% shared DNA | 541 cM) which would most likely make her my ...
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An Odd Set of cM Match Amounts

I can't resolve why the following strange set of match results is occurring. We have a fairly simple set of known relationships as shown in this tree: All the DNA Testers are shown in green. Jenny ...
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How can two different generations of one family be a half sibling to an outsider?

My full paternal uncle and I enough cM with an outsider to both be listed as half siblings to an unknown male. My uncle shares more cM with that unknown male than I do (a female). Both my uncle and I ...
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Clustering of DNA regions at the grand-parents level

My father is born of unknown father and did a 23 and me DNA autosomal test. I thought I could use this test to potentially identify some relatives on this side but only very distant ones (at best 3rd ...
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Full sibling vs half sibling

Initially one of my full siblings and I received dna results from ancestry.com. which showed that our shared dna is 1752cm, and we were matched under close family - 1st cousin. I was a little ...
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23andme shows a man as my dad's cousin, but ancestry.com shows him as my dad's brother

I did 23andme, and so did our mystery man. Two of my grandfather's brothers also did 23andme, as well as a number of the kids and grandkids of my grandfather's brothers and sisters (my grandfather ...
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DNA half-sibling

My brother did an Ancestry DNA test last year and last week got notification of a new close relative match. The man matches at 1695cM which indicates grandparent/grandchild/uncle/nephew/half-sibling. ...
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What is the cut off for a half-sibling and first cousin in CM's?

I am adopted and was searching for my birth family and found a cousin and since then I had someone in the family helping me with the search. I found someone who I think is my half-sibling. She did a ...
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Trying to narrow down biological grandfather

I have been working on finding my biological grandfather. The closest DNA match I have to my father (who has taken a test) is 1015cM. I've narrowed down his father to either her father or her uncle. ...
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What would the cM range be for persons sharing the same mother and the fathers are brothers?

I had a swab test performed to establish sibling-ship through DNA Diagnostic Center (DDC) wanting to confirm what I thought was certain paternity with myself, male sibling and and mother (father ...
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Can 2,025 cM shared indicate full Siblings?

My brother and I did ancestry tests at different times. We had 2,025cM over 39 segments. Longest one was 158. As I looked at our matches all I could see was my moms side of the family. It was saying ...
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Mapping DNA relationships on paper

I have recently started digging into my DNA matches. I have several closely related matches. I was born in Montana and my grandma was married to a man who has no biological relationship to me. However ...
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Determining if half brother was product of incest

I have worked on my tree through Ancestry.com for many years to include furnishing my DNA. My brother's daughter started a tree through Ancestry and gave her DNA also; the results shows her as my half ...
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Understanding daughter's 314 centimorgans with half nephew

My daughter just learned she shared 314 centimorgans with a boy we believed was her half brothers son. I have just sent in my sample as the supposed father of her 50 year old half brother. We are all ...
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Is there anything wrong with using small DNA segment matches as evidence?

Many people find relationships with other people that they only share a small amount of DNA with, e.g., 10 cM or less. They then, after researching the other person's tree, find a common ancestor and ...
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AncestryDNA is changing again? What's going on? (July 2020 edition)

AncestryDNA is changing the way they match users, and which matches will be shown to you. Matches that share 6 to 7.9 cM will be eliminated. In addition, since AncestryDNA rounds up segments from 7.5 ...
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Can niece not connect to my paternal line but her daughter connects to my maternal and paternal side?

My niece is a dna match 2112 cM over 80 segments. She only matches on my maternal side of the family. Her daughter is a dna match of 1118 cM over 46 segments. She matches both my maternal and paternal ...
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Half brother Or someone else?

I was given an AncestryDNA test as a Christmas gift and I took the test. I was matched with several people that I didn’t know but I assumed they were people on my dad’s side who I knew absolutely ...
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Explaining older sister sharing 1,961 cM as close family or 1st cousin

My older sister came back "close family-first cousin". What does this mean? Shared DNA 1961 cM across 74 segments
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Matching less than 6cM on Ancestry but almost 15cM at GEDmatch

I am communicating with someone who appears to be a 5th cousin once removed. According to AncestryDNA my cousin shares 10cM across 1 segment with my paternal uncle, but is not a match to me (at least ...
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Can 1,782 cM shared indicate Half Siblings? [duplicate]

Could a person with 1,782 cM actually be my half-sibling? This person is listed as close family to me, yet I do not know them. My cM is the same as this person's. I do have 6 paternal half ...
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How can a 3rd Cousin be a DNA match to my mother AND my father’s side?

On Ancestry I have a match at the 3rd cousin level and we have common matches with both my mother and fathers side. New to this and that is confusing to me. Sorry if I am missing something obvious!
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Child of possible incest

My sisters, two aunts and several cousins (on maternal side) did the 23 and me DNA test. One of my aunts (the younger one) showed up as a half sister to me (we share 1,942 cM and 44 segments) and my ...

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