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DNA Relatives: List, Map, and Surname Views

List View  |  Map View  |  Surname View

List View

The main view of DNA Relatives offers several options to search and sort through your matches. You can search for any keyword using the search field. You can sort your matches by relationship, percent or number of segments shared, contact status, name, age, haplogroup, or recent additions using the Sort menu. 

The first row is always you! This lets you see what your matches see.


Map View

The Map View offers you the chance to display your matches on a world map. This can be incredibly helpful for anyone on a genealogical hunt who must triangulate between multiple different sources of information about their ancestry. In this case we show how your relatives cluster on a world map, which in turn can help you target your search for relatives.

Map View references the information your DNA Relatives have listed in the Family Locations section of their profile information.




Surname View



Click on a surname to see your DNA Relatives filtered by that name.

Closest relative

This column indicates the distance of your closest DNA Relative with a particular surname in their profile.


This column indicates how many of your DNA Relatives have a particular surname in their profile. Only surnames that occur five or more times in your matches are shown.


The Enrichment column shows you how common a particular surname is among your matches, compared to the entire 23andMe database.

We include this Enrichment value because without taking the baseline frequency of a name into account, most lists are dominated by common surnames.  You can think of this list as ranked by "uniqueness" among your matches.

Enrichment is computed via a one-tailed binomial test. The 23andMe-wide frequency of a given surname is the reference frequency. The number of occurrences of the surname among your matches and the total number of surnames among your matches are the counts in the binomial test. This results in a p-value; we then report -1.0 * log10(p), so the bigger the number is, the more unusual it is that it was at such high frequency among your matches.

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