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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Different genetic relation strength through maternal vs paternal line?

Is there a different genetic relation strength through maternal vs paternal line? In other words: am I more related to my mother than to my father or are they exactly equal? Or another way to ask it ...
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2nd cousins. One 4%, one 8%?

I’ve recently been matched to two second cousins by DNA. However one shows a 4% match and the other one shows an 8% match. One is on my father’s side and one is on my mother’s side. Why, or how is ...
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Can half sibling category actually be full sibling?

I was adopted and used AncestryDNA to help in my search. Recently, I received an alert that a had a match to a "Close Family". People in that category include Aunts, 1/2 siblings. Is there ...
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Interpreting ethnicity from DNA testing

Ancestry DNA testing confirmed that I am 23% Chinese. My mother has no Chinese DNA. My fathers mother has no Chinese DNA. Does that mean my father is 50% Chinese and his father is 100% Chinese? ...
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Contacting AncestryDNA match?

I have a match on Ancestry.com with someone who I believe is a nephew who was given up for adoption. I sent 3 messages through Ancestry.com but no response. Do you know of any other way to contact ...
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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 ...
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Is this close family member on AncestryDNA a half sibling?

on ancestry.com i got a "close family" match, with 1,430 centimorgans shared across 58 DNA segments - it says it could be a niece, aunt, or half sibling (range includes 1st cousin, but i have read ...
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Why is the total shared Centimorgans 52.7%?

Can you please tell me what I have done wrong in my calculation? I added all the Centimorgans from my Gedmatch chart and it gave a total of 3587 which is 52.7% It should have been 50% only. The ...
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Intrepretation of DNA detectable relationships

While quite a number of questions have been asked and answered regarding DNA and relationships, I'm not certain that this question has been asked. I have a 5th cousin that has been identified by ...
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How many centimorgans should I share if second cousins marry?

My first cousin's daughter had a child with my sister's son. The child was given up for adoption. I'm matching someone on Ancestry.com with 1124 centimorgans. Not sure if this is the child and cannot ...
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Explaining how all DNA matches are shared with Half sibling?

I have DNA matches from Ancestry, FTDNA, GEDMatch, and My Heritage. My half-sister also tested with Ancestry. It confirms we are half siblings and share the same mother. I do not know who my father ...
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Triangulation with DNA Results - is something amiss?

My 1st cousin 1xR and my Aunt and I have all taken Ancestry DNA tests. For clarity sake I will refer to the parties as "Z", "N" and "R" "R" is related (by document) to "N" as nephew and Aunt "Z" is ...
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Are 1,053 shared cM likely to be a cousin or a half sibling?

I found a 1st cousin not connected to my mom and my dad was an only child. She has 1053 cM on 40 DNA segments. I have heard people say 1st cousins can also be half-siblings? If she is a first ...
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Why would my Full sibling results 99.7% be so close to my half sibling DNA result 99.6% with my sister

I recently had sibling DNA testing done with what I thought was my half sister. Our full sibling results were 99.7%. And our half sibling results were 99.6%. I called Genex the company that did the ...
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When will early 2016 23andMe kits be uploadable to GEDmatch.com?

I have a cousin that took a 23andme autosomal DNA test and they reported: I am having trouble uploading my raw data . My 23&me data was purchased more recently so it will not let me download. ...
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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 a DNA match of 1967cM across 72 segments be a first cousin?

My husband had DNA testing through Ancestry. A woman of about the same age shares 973 cM across 45 segments. We determined that she was probably a first cousin; a child of my husband’s paternal ...
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Might 3.46% American Native DNA come from 10 generations back?

If DNA shows 3.46% American Native, then how far back in generations did it come from? I am told it was from a 10 generations back.
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Understanding first cousin and grandson/grandfather relationships at 23andMe

I have 2 first cousin matches on 23andme.. both named ‘John’. Their relationship is listed as grandson/grandfather. With that age difference and relationship they both cannot be my cousin. I’m adopted ...
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Half Siblings and DNA Matching

My sister and I are half-siblings. We have always know this and my mother reportedly had an affair during WW2. This was confirmed with ancestry DNA as we only share 1603cM. I'm trying to filter out ...
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Does age factor in when calculating relationship on DNA match

A result of 193 cm from 100 year old, matched up to a 35 yo. Does the age of the participants factor in? The sample also showed cross match. The relationship is estimated at 2nd to 3rd cousins. Does ...
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Identifying half brother using AncestryDNA?

I took the ancestry.com DNA test, and have matched to several 1st cousins. recently I was notified of a match that simply says Close Family member. Our match states we match DNA of 1554cM and 49 ...
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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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Identifying maternal grandfather through autosomal DNA testing?

How can I identify who my maternal grandfather was through autosomal DNA testing? My mother was born in 1928 and is deceased. She had no full siblings. I have taken a DNA test on Ancestry.com, ...
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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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Does 439 cM shared suggest half uncle rather than half first cousin?

I am trying to determine if my half sister had a different father than the one she grew up with. I was given a name of who the father could be. He has passed away but his son took a DNA test on ...
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Distinguishing grandparent from uncle for 1,768 cM match?

Ancestry DNA says: Predicted relationship: Close Family–1st Cousin Shared DNA: 1,768 cM across 68 segments But how does it distinguish between an uncle and a grandparent? It appears that the ...
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Understanding half first cousin DNA results when no match?

We have strong reason to believe we know who my aunt's half first cousin is. However, he is not matching her with autosomnal dna test on ancestry. Its fair to say ok forget it but there are so many ...
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Deducing relationship from DNA results for two matches at two different websites?

My father was adopted and, while I’ve had my DNA tested, he is not quite ready to do so. I’ve found some fairly close matches, one that shares 9.8% (692.7 cM) and another that shares 14.4% (979 cM). ...
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DNA match higher with a younger generation of the family

I have a 107 cM match with Eli. His mother is Lily and Lily's brother is Henry. Henry's son is Henry Jr and his grandson is Kevin. I have a 235 cM match with Kevin. Kevin is one generation younger ...
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Half siblings using cMs (centimorgans)

I used ancestry to obtain my results. I found my 1st cousins and aunt on my father's side. The process of elimination resulted that this one young lady has to be my sister but she came up my 1st ...
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Does 1,366 shared cM indicate half-siblings?

I recently did Ancesty DNA to determine a match between me and a possible half sister. The results came back, and we share 1,366 cM of DNA. As I’ve learned, this is on the low side for half siblings ...
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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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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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DNA/Half-Sibling or First Cousin, Based on Fairly High Shared cMs

Brand new at this and don't have good grip yet on cMs ranges for relationships, especially when number falls in between stated ranges for relationships. Both my dad and I have taken DNA tests from 23 ...
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Ancestors missing from ThruLines?

At AncestryDNA, until a few days or so ago, all my expected direct ancestors were listed correctly by ThruLines. Now when I look at them some of them have gone missing. For example, today I can only ...
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Using AncestryDNA to work out whether mother or father is parent of half sibling?

How do I work out from viewing my shared matches on AncestryDNA which one of my parents is the parent of my half sibling?
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Does 1,864 centimorgans indicate half-siblings? [duplicate]

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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Half-Sister/1st Cousin Shared DNA

I'm curious to know what the shared DNA would be between half-sisters who are also first cousins. If the mother of both sisters had an affair with one of the sister's father's brothers what would the ...
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Does 1,845cM shared indicate possible half sibling?

I was adopted in 1958 when I was 14 months old. I have finally found my birth mother and also that I had 2 half-brothers. They told me that mom had had another baby when that she gave up for ...
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I don't know who my dad is but I have DNA paternal matches

I have DNA matches on Ancestry.com but none high enough to be my father. However, all the matches point to a common name as our ancestor. The highest match is 959 over 42 but the person it matches ...
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Understanding close family match from AncestryDNA?

I took the AncestryDNA test. It came back with: Close family male, 2022 cM shared across 60 DNA segments. 1st cousin match female, 1194 cM shared across 48 segments. It turns out the female 1st ...
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Missing expected Norwegian ethnicity in Family Tree atDNA results?

I just received my Family Tree atDNA results which show 97% British Isles. This seems to be a major error because it shows my Dad's lineage (BI) but completely leaves out my mother’s lineage which is ...
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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% ...