This week, my cousin NeNise Smith’s DNA results were calculated by 23andMe. She told me several weeks ago that she had taken their DNA test. As predicted, she appears in my Relative Finder database! Recap: 23andMe asserts that their “relative finder finds relatives by comparing your DNA with that of other 23andMe users. When two people share identical segments of DNA, this indicates that they share a recent common ancestor. Relative finder uses the length and number of these identical segments to predict the relationship between people.” (Source: 23andMe.com)
I am especially excited about NeNise’s results because now I can compare our results to a mutual cousin, Lenro Morgan, who took 23andMe’s DNA test last year. NeNise, Lenro, and I all share two sets of ancestors – Robert Ealy & Jane Parrott Ealy and Lucy Kennedy Cherry and the father of Lucy’s oldest children. (See this post This is Frustrating! for an explanation concerning that father). Three children of Robert & Jane Ealy of Leake County, Mississippi married three of Grandma Lucy’s children.
Robert Ealy, Jr. – Mattie Kennedy = Lenro Morgan’s great-grandparents
Martha Ealy – Albert Kennedy = Melvin Collier’s great-grandparents
Paul Ealy – Adaline Kennedy = NeNise Smith’s great-great-grandparents
This is how our DNA results compare:
The average DNA sharing between third cousins is: 0.78% (See chart.)
The average DNA sharing between third cousins once removed is: 0.39% (See chart.)
But, what is particularly interesting is to see on which of my 22 chromosomes I am related to NeNise and Lenro:
DNA enthusiasts, feel free to share other observations from this DNA comparison. I love gaining additional knowledge and thoughts from others.