23andMe: You ARE the Mother!

My mom and I have had a running joke since sending our DNA in for the Roots Into the Future Initiative on how it would be funny if it came back she was not our mother.  Of course we know that’s not the case, but the joke was more a reflection of her awe that from DNA the system can tell that we are so closely related.

Upon logging in to see the Relative Finder results, we see immediately that there are close relatives for her in the database.

After clicking on “Show Close Relatives” her two daughters, myself and my sister, show up. What was so cool was that neither Kelli nor I had marked her as our mother yet from our profiles. We then of course proceeded with marking our relationships so that 23andMe has it on file.  I did find it interesting that from my profile, it predicted my mother as either “Mother or Daughter” and I had to indicate she was my mother. I wonder why they could predict I was her daughter, but could not predict that she was my mother?

Of particular note though now that Mommy’s results are in the database I can start to divide my sister and I’s matches to either our maternal side or our paternal side.  If someone matches me (or Kelli) and my mom, then I know that match is through her side.  If someone does not match one of us but not our mother, then I know that match is on our father’s side.

Lastly, here is my mother’s Ancestry Painting – her African-origin DNA is 93%!  If my understanding is correct, most African-Americans in this country descended from slaves have on average around 20% European origin DNA, so Mommy is well below average here.

There are so many more things to investigate…..


Comments (2)

  1. Milnes


    I have been reading your blogs about your 23 and me results. Thanks for sharing your experiences! I have not tested with 23 and me yet. My parents and I have taken the family finder test from familytreedna. I tested first and I remember waiting for my parents’ results and thinking funny thoughts like “What if they just didn’t tell me that I’m not their child” Of course I knew that wasn’t the case because I look like all of my cousins, but reading your blog reminded me of those moments. Do you have a lot of matches on 23andme?

  2. taneya (Post author)

    Glad you like the posts! I will email you with a more in-depth reply.

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