While exploring my husband’s ancestry, I’ve discovered a Gedmatch.com tool that finds people who are related to BOTH of us. The implications of this are fabulous, provided that those related, want to share their research and provided that they know who their ancestors were. I’m sure that people will agree to share about themselves, otherwise, they wouldn’t have uploaded their raw data to a DNA sharing website.
Here’s what happened. I put my and my husband’s kit numbers into the tool and a list of people who share our DNA came up. It looks like there are forty or more names, in descending order. So I took the very first name, the person who shares the most DNA with my husband and I and I googled it. Voila! That was easy because it’s a very unusual name. This fellow has a Facebook page. He doesn’t have much on his page but one of the few things jumped out at me: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New York. My ancestors were in Hoboken, New Jersey in the 1700s. Funny, isn’t it? My husband’s going to get a kick out of this, so will our new “cousin.” And we just might learn something new about our family tree. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes. Available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X5F7YP