Here's a fun little question for those who've taken a dna test on ancestry or one of the other sites.
We all have a list of dna matches. Some we can figure out where they fit into our tree, and some we cannot. But here's my question.
What is the closest relative in terms of shared DNA that you cannot fit into your tree. You may have an idea, but simply can't find the exact place they fit.
For me it's a cousin with a shared 42 centimorgans.
FYI, I took my test on ancestry.
Do you have any puzzlers out there?
Talking of puzzles, this brings me to a larger puzzle I have.
For mine, we'll call them A. I have a rough idea where they fit into my tree, simply by looking at relatives in common. They are related to one of the parents of my GGG grandfather "Seth Basye"
As two of the cousins in common, with A are descended from one of Seths, siblings.
But here's the thing, me and A have 41 people in common. in fact there's a group of at least 10 - 15 or more people who all show up in each others relatives in common.
And several of them are 4th cousins and closer.
A - 42 centimorgans shared.
B - 42 centimorgans shared
C - 39 Centimorgans shared
D - 38 Centimorgans shared.
E - 36 Centimorgans shared.
A may be the closest relative to me, but B - E all share the same DNA with each other and all share ancestry with other people related to my Basye family.
We're all descended from the same family, and I suspect it's a very Large family, with numerous siblings who had children. This family probably originates in either Virginia or Maryland.
Now I mentioned Seth Basye, well almost nothing is known about his paternal grandmother. I don't even know her first name. I think this very mysterious ancestor, whom we'll call Y. Is the connection to this mysterious family group.
And here's the other thing, more and more people keep getting added to this mysterious family group. Just another one was added today. I'll bet there are parts of this very family group here on wikitree. It's a brick wall with a giant family behind it.
But for me, it remains a mystery. I'm going to have to start going through trees and try to find which family they share in common.
But back to my original question, Who is the closest relative to you on your list that you can't place. For me, it's opened a very large mystery.
What about you?