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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1) Judy Russell wrote Those spreading genes two weeks ago, highlighting the countries that her close DNA matches (with 20 cM or more) are currently residing, based on her Ancestry DNA matches.  

2)   On the AncestryDNA Match List page, you can select “Close Matches” in the “Shared DNA” button.  Then click on the “Location” link to see a world map with that set of matches.  You will have to count some or all of them by hand.  

3)  Can you work with your “Close DNA Matches” and find the countries that your close matches are residing?

4) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own blog post.

Thank you to Judy Russell for writing her post, and to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting this topic.

Without looking at the map, I’m guessing almost all of my close matches reside in the United States. Since travel makes it easier for families to move around the world, one might expect to find cousin matches spread out around the world. If I had one or more immigrant ancestors who arrived after 1900, I might expect cousins living overseas. However, all branches of my tree were in Kansas prior to 1900 and in the United States prior to 1810 with most here prior to the revolutionary war.

Another issue that is going to complicate this process is the number of matches I have.

Total MatchesClose Matches
Me122,8624,356
Brother138,6885,488
Brother127,2034,602
Mom82,7743,216

My Map

Brother Map

Brother Map

Mom Map

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