Last week, he came forward! He is a first cousin of my mother and her brother. His father was a brother of my maternal grandmother. We did not know of each other until we connected at 23andMe. Why? My grandmother was the youngest of five children. Her mother, Anna Preston, died in 1921, soon after my grandmother was born. The four older children stayed together while my grandmother was sent to live with other relatives who were willing and able to care for a baby. They were not close and the death of my grandmother almost twenty years ago further separated us.
We'll explore the DNA studies available through this new cousin in upcoming posts. For now, my top genetic matches in the database are my parents, my maternal uncle, my maternal first cousin once removed, and my paternal first cousin twice removed.
|23andMe Relative Finder|
Top matches for me
The M indicates a match to my mother.
The P indicates a match to my father.