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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Generational Loss of Data with DNA Testing

I have personally done the Y-DNA, the add-on Y-block with FamilyTreeDNA, mtDNA, and new FamilyFinder/AncestryDNA (via Ancestry) which i plan in transferring to FamilyTreeDNA just recently as a base ...
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Interpreting X DNA?

I guess I need a "dumbed down" explanation of these things, since I don't understand the explanations I've read. First, I have a 3rd cousin match from Ancestry who uploaded his info for me on ...
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Distinguishing half sibling, uncle or half nephew using Ancestry DNA?

My husband did ancestry dna to find any info on his biological fathers side. He just got a “close family” match with whom they share 1440 cM across 49 segments. Is it possible to be a half sibling?...
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How can I determine the likely relationship based upon autosomal DNA shared cM?

Given two tests that share some cM of autosomal DNA, how can I easily find the predicted relationships that such shared cM would suggest? E.g., a 2,200 cM match suggests it could be either: ...
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Autosomal DNA Chromsome Browser - Is there such a thing as a 'family trait' of shared segments?

I realize the passing of genes is approximately 50/50 (reference Generational Loss of Data with DNA testing) with each generation and which genes are passed are commonly referred to as 'random' based ...
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Working with autosomal DNA results

I have the automsomal DNA results for myself, 3 full sisters and 1 half-sister. We all share a mother, and we all tested with familytreeDNA. Our results are uploaded to gedmatch.com. Our parents are ...
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My Father passed away - next test(s) on what remains of his DNA sample?

I posted this general question over at the forum on FamilyTreeDNA. Though I received a reply, there is still no answer to my question, so I thought I'd try my luck at posting here. Anyhow, in early ...
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Determining where particular parts of ethnicity percentage from DNA come from in family?

I completed a DNA test, and the results stated that I am 77% African 20% European 2% Native American and 1% Asian. From the results of this test, is there anything in the results that would tell me ...
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How to interpret a reasonable X DNA Match, but no shared cM Autosomal result on GEDMatch?

I recently uploaded one of the Autosomal DNA results I manage to GEDMatch.com and ran the X-Match routine and came up with a puzzling result. The strongest result by far on the test has 37.2 shared ...
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Is ancestry.com DNA test accurate with respect to native american descent?

Both myself and my wife believe we are descendants (each on the order of 1/16) of native americans, yet for the Ancestry.com autosomal DNA test, the ethnicity estimate shows nothing for native ...
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What settings to use in GedMatch to confirm a seventh generation relative sharing DNA?

I have a relative, Nancy Ann Trigg, who is 7 generations removed from me, so I expect I have one part in 2^7 (128) of her DNA in my autosomal DNA test. I want to confirm this relation and found ...
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What is expected shared cM of double third cousins?

I've come across double third cousins, who are third cousins through two different routes as the same two families had two separate marriages between them that leads to this situation. For DNA ...
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What is expected shared cM of cousins with only one shared grandparent?

Related to What is expected shared cM of double third cousins?, what would the expected range and average shared cM be? In this case, I'm seeing 64.0 cM over 3 segments. Looking at the table, that ...
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What would the starting shared cM number be for abnormally close relationships in Autosomal DNA test?

I have seen in the examination of family trees where individuals sharing a great grand parent marry and have children, somewhat commonly in pre-American Civil War, which I would think would create ...
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How to get an elderly person to provide saliva sample for DNA?

I have an Ancestry autosomal DNA kit that we are trying to get a 95 year old woman to take and having trouble. I provided the hints that 23andme offers to my cousin that is trying to administer the ...
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Possible half-sibling based on matching Centimorgans

I have been using Ancestry.com for years. A year back I submitted my DNA test. I have had quite a few matches that land in the distant relative to 3rd or 2nd cousin range. Recently, I was notified ...
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Shared centimorgans of first cousins with different paternal grandmothers? [duplicate]

On average, how would range of shared centimorgans compare between first cousins who have same paternal grandmother versus first cousins with different paternal grandmothers, same paternal grandfather ...
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How is this relationship likely to be 'identified' by a DNA testing company?

I have recently made contact with a putative (half)-first-cousin with whom I may share a grand-father. There is not a definitive documentary trail that confirms her grandfather and mine are the same, ...
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Why might number of Shared Ancestor Hints go down on AncestryDNA?

I only received my AncestryDNA results a few weeks ago, and so I am still learning about its functionality. One of the options that I find the most useful is its Shared Ancestor Hints because these ...
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Does 1,864 centimorgans indicate half-siblings?

My sister, daughter and I all took DNA tests for fun. My sister and I show up on Ancestry as "close family," and share 1864 Centimorgans, and we do not share any relatives that my daughter and I share ...
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Does AncestryDNA match of 1,697cM indicate half sibling or aunt?

I just received my AncestryDNA results. It shows I have a close family match with a woman who would be my grandmother, aunt, or half-sibling. We matched 1,697cM with 51 shared segments. It cannot be ...
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Is AncestryDNA match of 2,063 cM a half sibling?

I am new to AncestryDNA and my results came back with my top match having 2,063 centimorgans out of 62 segments saying close family. Would this be a half-sibling? The match is a few years older ...