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Getting Closer to Identifying My DNA Cousins on Chromosome 21

Getting Closer to Identifying My DNA Cousins on Chromosome 21

I’ve been fortunate to make a 3rd cousin connection on my Jones/Kelly line who I share quite a bit of DNA with. This cousin helps me divide my DNA matches into my maternal maternal column. Even still, it’s been difficult making sense of how I relate to my other matches. I have a small group that match me on a sequence on chromosome 21 and I’m getting a little closer to figuring out how we are related. A Cluster of…

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Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

That sound you heard? That was my DNA imploding. It was the moment I realized that my great grandparents who married in Hawaii were cousins. Distant cousins, but cousins none-the-less. I’m Off on a Tangent As many readers know, I have ancestors from the Azores Islands. I was working in the records for the village of Achada on my Mello line and became interested in a man named Manoel Pacheco de Rezendes. I wondered if Manoel was related to my…

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My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

For the most part, my DNA results have been a side note to my regular genealogy research.  I’ve worked out two matches in the two years since testing.  Most of my matches are vague, 4th to distant matches.  So, why did this one DNA match catch my interest? My DNA Match is French I will reveal only a little bit about my match as they have not answered my email and I will respect their privacy. When I saw the…

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Harry Jackson, Are You to Blame for My Weird DNA Matches?

Harry Jackson, Are You to Blame for My Weird DNA Matches?

I had my DNA tested with FTDNA about 2 years ago.  I go over my matches regularly.  I can see that my matches have ancestry from Ireland, Wales, England, the Azores, or France.  I don’t know the connections, but it is plausible that we are related.  Other matches make not sense at all. Then, there are matches like this one.  His roots are in Cuba.  Cuba?  I have quite a few whose roots are from Mexico.  Recently, I matched someone…

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GEDMatch Can Process FTDNA DNA Files Again

GEDMatch Can Process FTDNA DNA Files Again

You may have heard about the conflict between DNA testing company, FTDNA, and DNA tools website, GEDMatch.com.  If you aren’t familiar with GEDMatch, it allows for the comparison of DNA files with people who have had their DNA tested through different companies. A few weeks ago, they stopped processing files from FTDNA by FTDNA’s order.   You can read more about their concerns over privacy in Dick Eastman’s article “GEDMatch Suspends FTDNA Transfers.”  The two companies did get together, and I…

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