Back in April, I shared my genetic test results from 23andMe. That post focused on the health side of the test. At that time, I didn’t really pay much attention to the ancestry side of the application. My thinking was that as more people signed up, my relatives would be found and connected.
So today I revisited the ancestry side and found I have been genetically connected to 993 other 23andMe members. The relationship distance is between 3rd and “distant” cousin. I think “distant” means greater than 6th cousin. To protect the privacy of my “cuzs”, I’m not going to post a screenshot with their names. Instead, below I’m sharing a map view of where 23andMe has found my relatives so far.
23andMe has not found a single relative of mine in Asia, Africa or South America. Either that confirms that I really am 99.5% European or that 23andMe isn’t as popular in those continents. The maps do show I have a 5th cousin in Novosibirsk, Russia.
Those in my family that have looked into the genealogy have said our roots are mostly in England and Germany. Drilling into the European map confirms that.
When I drill into the detail for the USA, I see the heaviest concentrations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. This is completely in line with what I know about my family’s genealogy.
It will be interesting to monitor the map as more and more people sign up for the test.
PS – I just checked the health side again. There are still running new tests against my genetic profile. Another test in August further confirmed my Decreased Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.