23andme ran a promotion last month for their ancesty edition. After sitting on the DNA sidelines for the past couple of years, I figured this might be a good time and price point at which to jump in. I ordered kits for me, my mom and my wife. My wife was sick when the kits arrived so hers was sent in a couple of weeks behind the others. Today I will write about the results of my Mom and I.
Some background. My Mom is from England. My Dad's side of the family is 100% Italian. My Mom's mom had no father listed on her birth certificate. Her grandmother also had no father listed. This leaves a pretty big hole in her family tree. One of my goals in asking her to take a DNA test is to attempt to identify who some of those ancestors are.
So here are the Relative Finder results. I have 86 cousins in RF, seven of those are predicted fourth cousins, the remaining are predicted fifth cousins. My Mom has 190 cousins in RF. 26 of those are predicted fourth cousins, the remaining are predicted fifth cousins.
We had a few people make contact within the first day or so after our results were posted. I have shared surnames and family tree info with a few people and we have exchanged some interesting messages, but thus far, no common ancestors found. In fact, what I am finding is that a fifth cousin is a fairly distant relative and finding a genealogical link between needs each of you to have your common line traced back about 250 years. I perhaps only have one line I can trace back that far.
One thing I found quite frustrating is that there is no easy way for me to reconcile the results from the two profiles with data in my account. Since those results are for my Mom and I, it would be interesting if I could see the intersection of our RF results or see all of my results that are not her results. This would be good info to have before making contact.
Being a geek, I wrote a program to sort through the RF results so I could see for myself how many RF results I have in common with my Mom. As it turns out 60 of my 86 are in common, and I have 26 that she does not share. My understanding is that southern Europeans are not as well represented as northern Europeans, so I suppose my 26 is not too bad.
From what I have read the success ratio for contacting cousins on RF is not very high. I only initiated one contact so far, and received a response, so I am one for one. I am sure that will change.