I spoke last week about my DNA Conundrum and its problems. Well, one week on and in true Victor Meldrew fashion, ‘I don’t believe it’ after a distant cousin’s details were forwarded to me. This one though stood out above all the others I have seen to date.
Welcome to Cyril Kwartanga Mbutha from Nigeria. A 6th to 8th cousin through matching DNA with mine. Well, I am surprised and I wonder which side of the family we are related? He doesn’t look Welsh, but that’s just me making an assumption. There’s no common ancestor either to shine a light on how we might be related.
Looking at the ethnicity mix of my new cousin Cyril it is listed as 10% Irish, 15% Senegal, 15% Ghana, and 60% Nigerian. Not even a Gnat’s kn**cker of Welsh in there. I am tempted to contact him to see if he is as surprised as I am that we are ‘brethren’.
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Of course, there’s still the question of which ancestor he is related to. If it was a male Jones then he would surely have the surname Jones, but if it’s through the female line then I wonder who would have ventured to make a new life in Africa. It could be that the DNA traces back to long before the late 1700s which is as far as I have traced to date.
For now, I think I will avoid contacting him, it could cause more problems than I already have regarding my genealogy. I never anticipated my DNA would give me such a headache. I know people who have found whole generations of trees through taking the test, new cousins, and even people who have found that they were adopted, but I have never known of anyone finding a distant cousin from Africa.
I shall leave it here for now, but if I do find any more out I will certainly post about it here. Meanwhile, last week’s blog is here: My DNA Conundrum.
And of course, Ancestry’s website.