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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Looking for 3rd cousins among 4th cousin matches

So I was wondering if its possible in any way to get a hint if someone showing as a 4th cousin match could be a 3rd cousin? From my understanding you can't, but I want to ask if anyone has done this ...
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Have I found both biological parents, one biological parent or should I keep looking?

My husband's mother was adopted without any records (1910 NYC). I located her biological paternal family along with several possible brothers through DNA. I cannot locate her biological maternal ...
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Using Collaborator status of AncestryDNA to see tree owner's shared matches to one of their matches?

At AncestryDNA, about two months ago, my sister set me as a Collaborator on her DNA test which is linked to my tree, and I just checked to see that I still have that Collaborator status, and as far as ...
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Is the relationship an aunt /niece or half sister to my mother?

I am a genetics beginner: A little back story: My mother was adopted at birth. She found her birth mother and siblings back in the 90s. The birth mother was deceased at the time, and we also ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Understanding 1,537cM match to person and 1,950cM match to their uncle

I have a match with a female that is a few years younger than me (she is in the 60s). She and I match at 1,537 cM across 47 segments. Her Uncle (Paternal Uncle, as far as I know) is a match with me ...
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Half siblings or double cousins?

MB= my brother (1/2 sibling) MC=cousin (our mother's sister's daughter given up for adoption-no longer married to SS) DC=cousin to both of us but either 1/2 sibling to my brother or double cousin) AS= ...
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Dealing with sibling surprise?

My Husband's DNA through Ancestry.com shows his first match at 1922cm's over 45 segments. This person has a small tree (750 names) going back about 4 generations. My husband also matches 5 other ...
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Understanding Native American DNA at gedmatch.com?

How come gedmatch.com shows my alleged Native American DNA, but ancestry.com, FTDNA.com and 23andme.com does not? Does anyone know why that is? What is the difference between gedmatch database and ...
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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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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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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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2nd cousin showing up as DNA match

I recently discovered I shared a DNA match with a lady of 341cMs of whom I don’t know. I’ve since made contact with her and some missing gaps discovered. She has a half sibling (1972cm) - brother , (...
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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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Combining sibling DNA data for easier research

I have DNA from four of my siblings (they were tested at three different places). I'd like to find a way of easily combining our raw DNA data into two files -- even if the files weren't sorted by our ...
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Unlinking Tree & DNA on Ancestry

I have my Ancestry DNA results linked to my Tree. If I choose to unlink, link to a different person or different tree will I lose any of my notes, groups etc? I assume not, but thought it best to ...