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Cousinhood

What is a Cousin? Most of us have one or more in our modern nuclear families. We generally think of them as our aunt’s or uncle’s child. Some of us even are familiar with a second cousin who is the grand child of our grandparents but is not our sibling. But genealogists talk about more distant cousins and it’s often hard to distinguish what genealogists mean by the various terminology. I hope to clarify that here. MRCA To … Read entire article »

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23andMe – Show Close Relatives Button

23andMe – Show Close Relatives Button

Show Close Relatives The main reason adoptees and genealogists buy a DNA kit from 23andMe is to find relatives, preferably close relatives, to help them recreate or verify their family tree. Genealogists are generally trying to either break through brick walls — ancestors whose parents aren’t known — or verify that the tree they have is correct. Adoptees and Orphans have to start building their tree from scratch. The best and easiest way to do this … Read entire article »

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My Tale of Adoption in the Detroit Free Press

My Tale of Adoption in the Detroit Free Press

  I Started Out as a Small Adopted Child I got very lucky and met a reporter who was interested in my adoption story and in searching for my birth family through DNA testing. The reporter, Kristen Shamus, is a fellow French Canadian — we met at a French Canadian Heritage Society in Michigan meeting! Ms Shamus is a very thorough investigator. I really appreciate all the time she spent interviewing the various DNA testing companies and … Read entire article »

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A Pair of Odd Ancestry Matches

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23andMe Ancestry Composition V3

23andMe Ancestry Composition V3

New Ancestry Composition at 23andMe Recently, 23andMe came out with their third ethnicity calculator. As DNA mavens know, Ancestry DNA came out with a new version of their Ethnicity calculator this year and it broke down the African continent – something 23andMe has been promising for a long time. Finally in response, 23andMe has presented it’s breakdown for the African Continent. Congrats to those that are helped by that!I don’t know enough about non-European genealogy to … Read entire article »

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Parent/Child DNA Profile vs Siblings

Parent/Child DNA Profile vs Siblings

  There has been a question about what a parent child DNA profile looks like vs siblings. Here are two example shots. Be aware that the parent child example here also has a blue segment that is in common with me. I share no DNA with the siblings so there are no blue segments there. Even if a siblings shared exactly 50%, it would not be distributed the same as a Parent/Child is. It’s not JUST … Read entire article »

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