Saturday, August 13, 2016
Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: How Many Autosomal DNA Matches Do You Have?
Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission: Impossible music, please!):
1) Have you had you autosomal DNA tested by a genetics company? Which companies?
2) How many autosomal DNA matches do you have at each company, by approximate relationship?
3) Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or Google+. Please add a comment to this post so folks can find your information.
I have had automsomal DNA tests done through AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, and Genes for Good. I have uploaded my raw data to GEDMatch.com.
Here is my match information.
• One 1st cousin (actually a known aunt)
• One 2nd cousin (actually a known 1st cousin)
• Three 3rd cousins (one of whom is a known 2nd cousin once removed)
• 327 4th cousins
Family Tree DNA
• One parent (my father)
• One aunt/uncle (an aunt, different from the one on Ancestry)
• One 2nd to 3rd cousin (the same 2nd cousin once removed who is also on Ancestry)
• Forty-three 2nd to 4th cousins
• 506 3rd to 5th cousins
• 1,088 4th to remote cousins
• 2,589 5th to remote cousins
• 25 with fewer than 4 generations (among these matches are the 2nd cousin once removed, the 1st cousin from AncestryDNA, and the aunt who tested through FTDNA, along with a couple of other cousins whose names I recognize)
• 748 with 4.0 to 4.4 generations
• 1,227 with 4.5 to 4.9 generations
Genes for Good allows you to download your raw data, but so far it can't be uploaded anywhere else.
I know that an important reason I have so many matches is the endogamy common among Ashkenazi Jews. I will probably never determine the connection I have with anyone past 3rd cousin, and if I figure out any of the 3rd cousins I'll be doing well.
Going through this has been helpful in a few ways. First, I realized I have not transferred the raw data of my aunt who tested through AncestryDNA to FTDNA. I also have not transferred her data nor that of my father to GEDMatch. These are both necessary steps to take, as I am trying to determine the biological father of my paternal grandfather.
Second, while looking through the lists on the different sites, I recognized several of the names who appeared as new matches. I need to check those out further.
Third, I noticed some names were on all three sites, which means we should be able to compare our information more effectively. And that means I need to get back to doing more work with my DNA results!
And last but not least, I finally found something where my numbers are higher than Randy's!