This past weekend I learned that I have a genetic cousin that lives quite close to me – she is also here in Nashville! 23andMe predicts that we are approximately 4th cousins. Crazy thing is, she also turns out to be a genetic cousin of Kalonji’s also.
Since she does not match my mother, I know that she is related to me on my paternal side of the family. We have a DNA segment that we share on Chromosome 6 that includes about 3014 SNPs and has a length of 16cM. The dark blue is her match to me and the lighter blue is her match to my sister.
With Kalonji, she shares a DNA segment on Chromosome 7 that includes about 1500 SNPs and has a length of 12cM.
Because she is related to both of us, this means then that somewhere along the way one of my ancestors hooked up with one of Kalonji’s ancestors and she is a descendant of one of their children. How fascinating.
However, even better was the fact that we were able to meet today during a quick work break. She was on campus so I ran over to the hospital to meet her.
There is so much to explore on our family tress; this is only the beginning. I would love to one day figure out her connection to both Kalonji and I. In looking over her tree, I do see one surname of potential interest for my family tree, but nothing yet for Kalonji’s. Small world isn’t it?