Genetic Ancestry: Sharing Your Results
With the latest version of their product, 23andMe tests over one million SNPs all over your genome. That’s a million points of data about what makes you who you are from a biological standpoint. That’s pretty impressive just knowing that. When you factor in that the testing kit, the processing, the analysis, and one year of updated results come in at about $260 USD, it starts to become more compelling from a consumer standpoint.
Now, consider that you have the ability to share your results with anyone in the entire world, and then you can compare how closely you match another person genetically. Now that starts getting particularly useful for genealogists.
The first and easiest way to go about sharing your genetic information is using the tools within 23andMe. Go to any profile on 23andMe with sharing enabled, and invite them to share.
Once you start sharing with people that match a part of your genome, you can then view where the match falls in Family Inheritance mode.
Of course, you could also just download your raw data to your computer, and then share it with anyone you’d like. If you’d like, you could even upload it to a website, and share it with everyone, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.
What if a large group of people started linking their DNA information from their Geni profiles? The potential for finding new relatives is massive. In the coming years, genomics will become even more important to genealogy on the whole as it starts doing our work for us.