Most White Americans Can Be Identified Through Genealogy Databases

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An interesting use of DNA databases. And perhaps a bit disturbing!

asked in The Tree House by Patrick Barnum G2G6 Mach 4 (46.5k points)

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An interesting article.  Thanks for posting.  It's reporting on an article posted in Science.  The abstract says, "We project that about 60% of the searches for individuals of European-descent will result in a third cousin or closer match, which can allow their identification using demographic identifiers."  Two things about that strike me as odd.  I would think that Americans of European-descent having a 3rd cousin match or closer would be more like 90+% rather than 60%.  Also, the assumption that 3rd cousin matches can be readily identified by "demographic identifiers" will come as a surprise to those of us who try in vain to find a link to many of our 3rd cousin matches.  I guess I need to hire those people to work on mine.

answered by Kerry Larson G2G6 Mach 7 (76.3k points)
selected by Ted Sarvata
I agree Kerry - they make it sound so easy - I wish!

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