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What to do if I have found a DNA relative?

If we have found a DNA relationship between you and another person, you are more or less related to this person. The percentage of shared DNA specifies the quality of the relationship: Close relationship: If you share between 12.5% and 50% of your DNA with your relative, it means that this relative is one of […]


If we have found a DNA relationship between you and another person, you are more or less related to this person. The percentage of shared DNA specifies the quality of the relationship:
  • Close relationship: If you share between 12.5% and 50% of your DNA with your relative, it means that this relative is one of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, or first cousin.
  • Extended relationship: If you share between 0.78% and 6.25% of your DNA with your relative, it means that this relative is one of your first cousins once removed, first cousin twice removed or first cousins 3 times removed.
  • Distant relationship: If you share less than 0.78% of your DNA with your relative, it means that this is a distant relative that it will be difficult to identify.
You will then have to find the genealogical relationship between you and your relative. If this person has a Geneanet family tree, you can access it for free by clicking “View family tree” to view your relationship. If this person does not have a Geneanet family tree, you can contact him/her through your Geneanet mailbox to learn more about your relationship and your common family history.

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