December 21, 2014

23andMe And The 1004 DNA Relatives

When I began doing genealogy decades ago it never really was on my radar that we would be able to find and connect with cousins using our DNA. Now, here we are and our cousins are not only found, but verified by documentation and genetically. We had my husband Jim’s DNA tested through 23andMe some years ago, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many cousins of his paternal and maternal side have also used 23andMe as well and been able to contact us easily.

What We’ve Found

Many things we expected to see were English, Irish and French percentages that would be quite high. What we weren’t sure of was whether or not there was any Native American in Jim’s DNA. Just last year when his profile was updated by 23andMe it showed that there is a 0.1% of Native American blood in Jim’s paternal side of the family. We know now that what we suspected was true, but we’re still on the hunt for the elusive ancestor who brought that DNA into the family.

 What? We Have Jewish Ancestors?

Another surprising bit was that there’s also a 0.6% of Ashkenazi Jewish DNA in the line as well. As it pertains to the Wilkerson line, that was probably a mixing of DNA with some of the family’s northern European lines. As the 23andMe page explains it, “You share DNA history with 23andMe customers that have reported full Ashkenazi ancestry”.


And last, but not least, Jim also has 2.8% of Neanderthal DNA. I find this very interesting, and not because of any humorous aspect, but because, to me, it says the Neanderthals might not have survived to be a recognizable human in present time, but their mixing of DNA with other humanoids says “we adapted”. Who knows what they truly looked like? I mean, after all, “someone” had to be attracted to them, right?

It’s All Relatives

23andMe reports that, as of now, Jim has 1004 DNA relatives; 6 second and third cousins, and 344 fourth cousins. Over time, this number will likely increase. We have made contact with the closest ones with surnames like Boyert, Miller, etc. There are probably many more with whom we could connect, but their DNA profiles are private and not shared.

Ancestry Offers Labor Day Weekend Free Access To Immigration And Travel Records

Have you ever wondered if your ancestors traveled back to their home country, or went on vacation to tropical climes? Maybe you haven’t had the chance to investigate when or where your ancestor immigrated to the United States. This weekend Ancestry offers you a great opportunity to do all of the above.

Who will you be searching for?


FREE access on Immigration and Travel Records for a Limited Time at Ancestry!

 

Free Access To International Marriage Records On Ancestry Begins April 16

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Save The Date – April 16th! 


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Mark your calendars for April 16th and visit Ancestry to search the International Marriage Records for your ancestors! I’ve marked my calendar already! Who will you be searching for?

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Elyse Doerflinger on Genealogical Organizational Skills

Quite some time back, in the mid-1990’s I began my serious genealogical research on my families and even though I tried to be organized it’s easy for it to get out of hand. Elyse has presented a 7 minute video and how to get organized, and if you are just beginning genealogy, or are über experienced, it’s worthwhile information that she presents. After a few seconds you can skip the promo ad.

You can also find Elyse at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog. Enjoy!

 

 

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