• How closely can you be related and still get married/safely have children?

    Me and my boyfriend have the same last name and so I have been doing a lot of genealogical research and found out that my 6th great grandfather came here from England with his family including his brother, who is my boyfriend's sixth great grandfather. I am not good calculating cousins so what is our familial... show more
    Me and my boyfriend have the same last name and so I have been doing a lot of genealogical research and found out that my 6th great grandfather came here from England with his family including his brother, who is my boyfriend's sixth great grandfather. I am not good calculating cousins so what is our familial relationship and how safe would it be to have kids if our relationship gets to that point?
    8 answers · 1 day ago
  • Hello with Iberian peninsula can you have some African DNA too?

    Best answer: Yes. The Moors occupied Spain for several centuries.
    Best answer: Yes. The Moors occupied Spain for several centuries.
    6 answers · 1 day ago
  • Which DNA test kit to get?

    I have been doing research on the DNA kits they have available through ancestry as well as some other companies but I was wondering from anyone that has done them what the better ones are. I found praises for multiple ones but I still don't know which one to get. I'm looking between Ancestry, My Heritage,... show more
    I have been doing research on the DNA kits they have available through ancestry as well as some other companies but I was wondering from anyone that has done them what the better ones are. I found praises for multiple ones but I still don't know which one to get. I'm looking between Ancestry, My Heritage, 23&Me, and Family Tree DNA.
    5 answers · 1 day ago
  • A family member mentioned something to me, and I am confused (Genealogy Question).?

    An aunt of mine, who I have known for some time, she is 69, she told me a story of she has found a family member, who has a complicated situation. They have a brother, aged 35. (All of the people mentioned here are relatives to me, apart from the woman). The 1st brother has one child with this woman, but it... show more
    An aunt of mine, who I have known for some time, she is 69, she told me a story of she has found a family member, who has a complicated situation. They have a brother, aged 35. (All of the people mentioned here are relatives to me, apart from the woman). The 1st brother has one child with this woman, but it didn't work out (They are now separated). Their child is now 8. The woman apparently fell in love recently with the 2nd brother (Aged 28), and they now have another son, who is aged 5. I am wondering with what relation, the two young children would be to one another?
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • Where can I find free death records?

    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • My mom submitted her DNA to ancestry.com. She has no matches to any other ancestry DNA members. Has anyone heard of zero matches?

    Best answer: Sure. Your mom's an alien. (Making you half alien.) Let me guess...your grandparents were "born" in New Mexico right? And your dad worked at Area 51 in Nevada right?
    Best answer: Sure. Your mom's an alien. (Making you half alien.) Let me guess...your grandparents were "born" in New Mexico right? And your dad worked at Area 51 in Nevada right?
    9 answers · 1 week ago
  • What is this in my DNA test?

    Best answer: Non-Slavic. Probably Samoyed or one of the other small ethnic groups in the Siberian region
    Best answer: Non-Slavic. Probably Samoyed or one of the other small ethnic groups in the Siberian region
    4 answers · 6 days ago
  • Are Jews really a Race / Tribe ?

    Best answer: Yes. Jews aren’t a race we are a big family that will adopt in sincere converts.
    Best answer: Yes. Jews aren’t a race we are a big family that will adopt in sincere converts.
    25 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What would you guess my ancestry is?

    I m half Chilean and half Albanian, so what do you guess would be the percentages of my ancestry? I want to do something like ancestry.com but I thought it would be fun to try and guess just to see how accurate I am. If anyone is Chilean or Albanian and did a DNA test please let me know what you got. I know there I... show more
    I m half Chilean and half Albanian, so what do you guess would be the percentages of my ancestry? I want to do something like ancestry.com but I thought it would be fun to try and guess just to see how accurate I am. If anyone is Chilean or Albanian and did a DNA test please let me know what you got. I know there I see a lot of diversity even within one ethnicity but I m just curious
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • My mom is English, my dad is half Irish, what am I?

    Best answer: The convention many people use, and some of the regulars here object to, is that you are 1/2 of what each parent was, your parents are 1/2 of what each of their parents were, and so on. Where you were born doesn't matter; if it did, people born in Antarctica would be penguins. The other part of the convention... show more
    Best answer: The convention many people use, and some of the regulars here object to, is that you are 1/2 of what each parent was, your parents are 1/2 of what each of their parents were, and so on. Where you were born doesn't matter; if it did, people born in Antarctica would be penguins. The other part of the convention is that you add common heritages. So, you are 1/4 Irish from your dad's dad and 1/4 English from your dad's mom, and 1/2 English from your mom. Adding the English, we get 3/4 English and 1/4 Irish.
    14 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Are my Ancestry dot com DNA results accurate? I think this was amazing!?

    Best answer: Accurate to what the company have in their database on that day, get it done another day and you will get different 'results' again accurate to what they have available....... they do NOT tell you who your ancestors were or where they came from, so are not 'accurate' for that, nor do they massage... show more
    Best answer: Accurate to what the company have in their database on that day, get it done another day and you will get different 'results' again accurate to what they have available....... they do NOT tell you who your ancestors were or where they came from, so are not 'accurate' for that, nor do they massage you fantasy about 'aliens' from films
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Do you think that my Ancestry.com DNA results are cool?

    Best answer: Yea.
    Best answer: Yea.
    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Am I related to everyone with my last name?

    Best answer: Surnames were originally started in the far east. There the surname is the first name not the last name. Surnames were started in Europe about 1200 A.D. and the purpose was not necessarily to identify a man as a member of a family but to better identify him on records, frequently for taxation. When they got... show more
    Best answer: Surnames were originally started in the far east. There the surname is the first name not the last name. Surnames were started in Europe about 1200 A.D. and the purpose was not necessarily to identify a man as a member of a family but to better identify him on records, frequently for taxation. When they got through it wasn't impossible for legitimate sons of the same man to wind up with a different surname and still some could have shared his with others with no known relationship within the same kingdom or nation. In some cases it was a another century or so before the same surname was passed down to subsequent generations.

    So, while you might not be related to a person with the same surname in that family line you got your surname but related to him in another family line with a completely different surname. Understand normally you got your surname from only one person in each generation you go back but your ancestry doubles each generation and pyramids big time, 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents and so on. Oh by the time many people get back to the 1200s, they have 20 something times great grandparents, (that is 20 somethingg great in front of grandparents I can't remember the exact number) but if each were a different person they would outnumber the population of the world at that time. Get back to Charlemagne, many younger people can in 40 generations. That would be your 2 parents, 4 grandparent and up through 38xgreat grandparents. If each of those 38x great grandparents were a different person they would total over 1 trillion people. The world's population is estimated to be about 40 million at the time and would be far less for the tiny continent of Europe. So you see chances are you are related to most people you pass on the street every day. Be careful who you flip off in traffic. They probably are your cousin.

    In 1811 the Emperor Napoleon decreed everyone should have a surname and that is when most of the people of the Netherlands and the low countries of Europe took one. The Dutch thought they would be temporary and in a spirit of humor they gave themselves comical and sometimes disgusting names. The joke turned out to be on them when they found they would be permanent and had a hard time getting those names changed. Wikipedia at one time had some samples of those. Just think if you had a Dutch ancestor in your direct paternal line and you would certainly be happy if he changed his name if playing around he took the name "Poopsies." That was one of the names.

    The biggest mistake many people take when starting their genealogy is tracing surnames in their family. You start with yourself and work back one generation at a time, documenting everything as you do. Also the spellings of names were frequently at the mercy of some clerk or official who wrote a name down the way it sounded to him. There was no standardized spelling in the U. S. until the mid 19th century.
    This means you might be related to a person in your direct paternal line with a completely different spelling and not related to someone with the same spelling.
    13 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • On my DNA test I had European Jewish, Iberian peninsula, Greek/Italian, Caucasus, South Asia could this be Sephardic Jewish?

    Best answer: It's normal. I always though I was 100% Russian. A DNA test revealed that I am 75% Russian, 15% Swedish, and 10% Spanish.
    Best answer: It's normal. I always though I was 100% Russian. A DNA test revealed that I am 75% Russian, 15% Swedish, and 10% Spanish.
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • In the 1940-50s, did you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply for Social Security?

    Best answer: Legal resident aliens can pay into it and draw out of it today. Whether they could back then is another question. If curiosity is killing you, you could write to the SSA.
    Best answer: Legal resident aliens can pay into it and draw out of it today. Whether they could back then is another question. If curiosity is killing you, you could write to the SSA.
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago