Sunday, March 27, 2011

23andMe Results - Two Months In

It's been two months since I received my DNA results from 23andMe so I thought it was about time for an update on how things are going. The simple answer to that question is "not as well as I would like" but I'm learning about this process and a little progress has been made. With over 600 initial matches I had envisioned having lots of new cousins by now but that hasn't happened yet. (Patience is not my best event.)

I now have 746 matches, up from the initial 614. 23andMe gives a "Predicted Relationship" and also a "Relationship Range" for each match. Forty-six of those are predicted as 3rd to 7th cousins with relationship ranges anywhere from 3rd to 10th cousins. The rest are predicted as "distant cousins." Some of the distant cousins have ranges of 4th to 10th, some have no range at all listed. 

My best match is a predicted 3rd cousin with a range of 3rd to 4th cousin. You know I really want to hear from them but, so far, no response to my March 13th request. That has actually been the case for most of the requests to share information that I've sent out. Early on I was getting requests from others and was spending time trying to figure out our matches I so only sent out a very few requests myself. Once that initial round of contacts slowed down, I took a little break from 23andMe to get some other work done. If you don't pace yourself, this could almost become a full time thing.  

As of today, I've sent out 38 requests to share information and have heard back from nine of them. Most have been sent out this month so, hopefully, they just haven't had a chance to respond yet. I wish 23andMe had an option for a person to indicate they have no interest in genealogy and don't wish to be contacted. That would eliminate them getting unwanted requests and would also let those of us interested in the genealogy aspects of the test know not to waste our time hoping to hear from someone who is never going to respond.

At this point, I've only determined my relationship to two people. One was predicted as a 4th cousin with a range of 3rd - 10th cousins. We are actually 5th cousins, 3 times removed through my maternal grandfather's maternal line - at least that's the only relationship we have uncovered. The other was someone I actually know. We live in the same town and I already knew exactly how we are related. We are also predicted as 4th cousins with a range of 3rd to 10 cousins. We are definitely 3rd cousins once removed through my maternal grandmother's maternal line.

This is going to be a long term process.


  1. I kinda expected you to have a whole ton of new family members by now as well - you'd think that everyone getting tested through 23andme would have the genealogy interest. I hadn't really thought about the fact that many would have been tested for medical reasons. Crap, that's kinda disappointing.

    I still haven't been tested, it's still on my to-do list. :)

  2. Kellie, I didn't think about that either before I took the test. It's still been interesting and, hopefully, responses will pick up.

  3. A lot of people are quite sporadic with their research and have little "bursts" of activity now and again, so don't be disheartened. I'm really interested to hear how you get on :-) Jo