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For questions about using DNA to further knowledge of family history, relationships, ethnic origin, and overall ancestry. Most common tests include Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA.

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Calculating Genetic Distance

Is the Genetic Distance between two Y-DNA STR test results simply the number of str values that do not match? For example, if two people have the exact same values for all STR values except DYS413, ...
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Autosomal DNA match anomaly or false positive?

I've done autosomal DNA tests on ftdna for myself, my mother and paternal grandmother. I've transferred the results to MyHeritage, where I have a match with a person X with the largest segment of 27cM....
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What is the term for number of descendants, weighted by genetic relatedness?

There are terms for 1) number of children 2) number of grandchildren - but for longer timescales, where you would like to talk about the total genetic contribution still surviving, what terms are ...
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Distinguishing aunt from half sister using X and autosomal DNA [duplicate]

My dad died 4 years ago. But my grandfather (his dad) could be my bio dad. We have made a test with my aunt (his full sister) and we share 25,27% dna (1860,2cM 43 segments max136,2cM) With Geneanet we ...
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Which DNA test(s) is(/are) currently suitable for East Asians?

I think and believe that I am an East Asian . I've browsed to find out which DNA test(s) is(/are) suitable for East Asians but I have not found one yet. Can you help me?
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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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Interpreting dna results

On the combined siblingship index the number was 0.2486. The probability of them being half siblings were 19.9% and the likelihood of them not sharing a common biological parent is 4-1. I need help ...
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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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Is 64.2% / 4776 cM full sibling an outlier?

According to 23andme, my younger brother and I (male) matched 64.2% with 4776 cM. That seemed weird since our matches with our parents are the normal ~50% or just under. This is very much not my field,...
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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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Deciding between two competing theories - who am I anyway?

My great(5)-grandfather Daniel Cooper arrived in the US around 1695 (maybe he was born here, maybe born at sea), and while his descendants are relatively well documented, nothing is known for sure ...
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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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Father is a twin, closest DNA match is 1,723 CM's [duplicate]

My closest DNA match is 1,723CM's across 32 segments with the longest segment being 217 CM's. My next closest match is a cousin of the first match 886 CM's across 31 segments with the longest being 78 ...
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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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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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Why does 23andMe say there's "not enough information" on a few of my chromosomes?

I've been looking at the chromosome painter and my matches in 23andMe, and realised I have a few chunks of DNA that are greyed out and read "not enough information", and therefore don't ...
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DNA implications if my Gr Grandfather is also my Dad's father? (incest)

I am trying to find my family of origin. My dad died several almost 15 years ago before DNA was a common thing. He was adopted and never knew anything about his birth parents and he never wanted to ...
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331 cm Uncle - could it be different relative

On 23&me the DNA results came in yesterday and it exactly states "You & John share the DNA that was passed down from two of your grandparents (his parents)". We have 331cm in common ...
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Identifying paternal grandfather using DNA tests if birth name is unknown

My paternal grandfather was raised by others and took their name, but he was not officially adopted. I have no idea of his real name. Can I still find him/family with DNA test(s) and, if so, which ...
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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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Y-dna upgrade or SNP pack?

I took the Y-dna12 test first, it came out as J-M67 but I want to proceed to find out my subclade and I can't decide to either get the J2 - M67 & L24 SNP Pack or to upgrade to Y-DNA67. What would ...
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Does 23andMe limit matches?

Out of 1500 DNA matches, none are more distant than estimated 5th cousin (15 Centimorgans). Do 23andMe have a 15 Centimorgan cutoff, or a cutoff of the number of matches that is limiting how many ...
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Can two Paternal Y-DNA Haplogroups still be identical if they are processed on two different 23andMe Chips?

I have a male match on 23andMe that I'm fairly certain is a Paternal match through my Paternal Grandfather. As far as I understand it, I should have a (nearly?) identical Y chromosome to him. ...
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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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Do two halves make a whole?

Jack has a half brother. Jill has that same half brother. Jack and Jill are not related. Jack and Jill have a child. The brother becomes the half uncle to the child on his brothers side and on his ...
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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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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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Understanding half sibling test report

I had requested DNA analysis of my half sibling and have received the results. But unfortunately I am confused with results of the conclusion, meaning the conclusion which is in bold and the sentence ...
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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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Determining parent ethnicity

My father and I both took Ancestry.com DNA tests. His came back 100% European Jewish, while mine came back 37% Italian and 63% European Jewish. Does this most likely mean my mom is 26% European Jewish?...
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Is my match a first cousin or half sister?

My brother and I show up as full siblings (2310cM shared). He shows up to cousin #1 (thru our mother) 976cM shared and cousin #2 (thru our father) 813Cm shared. However, I share with cousin #1 920cM (...
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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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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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DNA Second cousin

My husband recently discovered that he is 52% European Jewish through an Ancestry test. He matched with a female second cousin that is 100% European Jewish. Is there a way to know which side (mother ...
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How is it possible to have an X-DNA/X-Match match on my father's side as a male myself?

On FamilyTree DNA, I have a match who is very clearly from my paternal grandfather's side. I am a male myself and thought it was only possible to have X-DNA matches on my mother's side. I thought my ...
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DNA vs Family Tree

I recently got a DNA match for my wife and it was suggested that this man is a 1st cousin once removed or 2nd cousin. When I pursued that branch of the tree to confirm the match, it seems they are ...
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Birth Record Missing: Joseph C. (POLEO) O'BRIEN 1921 - 1981

My project invlolves finding the proof of birth for: Joseph C. (POLEO) O'BRIEN (born, orphaned, adopted?) Apparent info (not certain) is: BIRTH 05 JUN 1921 • Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA DEATH 11 ...

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