Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Does OriginsConnector sell autosomal tests?

A. No, there are already some great companies that sell tests. Please check out 23andMe, AncestryDNA or Family Tree DNA.

Q. Why don't I match my target ancestor at all?

A. You may not have inherited any of your ancestor's DNA or you may have an error in your genealogy. A parent or a sibling may have inherited an ancestral segment. Analysis can show lack of inheritance versus a non-familial event.

Q. Can I request that you add ancestors to your catalogue?

A. Yes, send your ancestor request to Please include your ancestor's name, spouse and birth & death details. We will try to determine your ancestor's autosomal haplotype and let you know.

Q. What is a non-familial event?

A. There are situations where a child will take on the surname of the parents and yet not be genetically related.

Q. What test results do you accept?

A. Raw data results from 23andMe, AncestryDNA or Family Tree DNA are accepted.

Q. Why don't I match my target ancestor 100%?

A. It is very unlikely that anyone will match their target ancestor 100% due to the nature of genetic inheritance.

Q. What is the difference between a confirmed match and a potential match?

A. When you match two or more data points within the analysis, it is a confirmed match. If you only match one data point, it becomes a potential match. As we learn more your potential match could be upgraded to confirmed or downgraded to no match.

Q. Does OriginsConnector show close relationships?

A. No, the focus of OriginsConnector is to make distant ancestor connections.

Q. Can you tell what branch of a family I am related to?

A. Not yet, with additional research the goal is to be able to narrow matches to specific family branches. When this goal is reached, customer results will be upgraded for free.

Q. Are my results affected if some of my ancestors married cousins?

A. Yes, you will have a higher probability of inheriting additional ancestral segments and receiving a stronger match.

Q. How many generations does OriginsConnector analyze?

A. The focus of OriginsConnector is to match ancestors from 10 to 14 generations ago.

Q. How does the OriginsConnector analysis work?

A. Everyone inherits segments of DNA from their ancestors that passes down the generations unchanged. We compare your DNA to our catalogue of identified ancestral segments.

Q. What will my results look like?

A. Please see our sample report.

Q. Other testing services say that we lose 50% of our ancestor's DNA with each generation...

A. New research and analysis has identified that there are minimum inherited segments (MIS) averaging 2.5 cM that stay intact and are passed down for generations. Other segments like the Western Atlantic Autosomal Haplotype may stay in our DNA for dozens of generations.

Q. What do my results tell me?

A. Your results will confirm whether or not you have inherited any DNA from your target ancestor(s). If you have inherited DNA segments, the report will indicate how many and illustrate which ones. The report may specify no inheritance. This is not an indication that there is a lack of relationship. A sibling or parent may have inherited the ancestral segment and could be tested.

Q. How do I see my results?

A. When your results are complete, they will be emailed to you as a PDF that can be viewed or printed.

Q. Can other users see my results?

A. User data is not available on the internet and cannot be seen by any other user.

Q. What OriginsConnector do for me if I'm adopted?

A. If you are adopted, you can select the one year subscription service which will compare your DNA to the entire database and any new ancestors added to the catalogue during that period. You will receive results for any ancestor that you match.

Q. How can I find the status of my results?

A. When you place your order, you will receive an estimate for the delivery of results. At any time you can contact us at to get an update.

Q. What happens to my raw data after my results are complete?

A. Your raw data may be used to improve the services that are offered. Please see the Terms & Conditions. At any time, you may request that your raw data be deleted by contacting us at

Q. How does a family tree help the analysis?

A. If you have selected the one year subscription, we focus on analyzing the connections in your family tree first. Your family tree can be used to refine our future services so that we can provide family branch details on your report.

Q. What is a minimum inherited segment (MIS)?

A. In our DNA, there are groups of genes that travel together. This is called genetic linkage. This group of genes is surrounded by non-coding DNA. The non-coding DNA and genes together form genetic segments that average about 2.5 cM.

Q. What is a familial autosomal haplotype (FAH)?

A. We have identified the inherited segments for each Ancestor in the catalogue. All of the segments combined become the familial autosomal haplotype.

Q. What is an ancestral locus (AL)?

A. Inherited segments are typically found at certain locations on the chromosomes. At OriginsConnector, we have identified these locations. Each location is a numbered locus (point on a chromosome).

Q. Why are some matches Common to All customers?

A. Some ancestral autosomal segments stay in our DNA for dozens of generations because we receive a copy from both parents and all of our children inherit a copy.

Q. Why are some matches Shared across multiple ancestors?

A. There are situations where customers can count two or more ancestors from the catalogue in their family tree. In cases of shared descent, it may be impossible to determine which ancestor the segment belongs. In those instances, the segment is attributed to both ancestors and your results indicate the Shared nature.

Q. Can you confirm Native American ancestry?

A. When an ancestral segment is confirmed and added to an ancestor's familial autosomal haplotype there is the potential to identify the specific ethnicity of that segment. The ethnicity of segments will not be included at this time.

Q. What is a 'gateway' ancestor?

A. Making a connection to a 'gateway' ancestor provides a genealogical stepping-stone to Old World family histories.