I’m not a royal-watcher, but you’d pretty much have to be dead to not be aware that King Charles III is being crowned this Saturday, May 6th.
Have you wondered if you’re related to Charles? Or someone else?
It’s easy to find out on WikiTree.
Go to King Charles’s profile, here.
Notice that under “DNA Connections,” a WikiTree user has entered the Y-DNA of the line of King Charles via an academic sample uploaded to mitoYDNA. That’s interesting!
Tsar Romanov and King Charles III both descend from a common ancestor and are first cousins twice removed (1C2R.) You can also see more about Nicholas Romanov II in the FamilyTreeDNA Discover tool under haplogroup R-M269, in Notable Connections.
Under WikiTree DNA Connections, I notice no one has entered King Charles’s mitochondrial DNA information. Of course, King Charles inherited his mtDNA from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
If you know of anyone who carries Queen Elizabeth’s mitochondrial DNA through her direct matrilineal ancestors, by all means, enter this information. If you don’t know how, you can click on help at the bottom of the page or click here. WikiTree has lots of truly helpful volunteers.
You can also enter your information if you’ve taken an autosomal, Y-DNA, or mitochondrial DNA test and are descended appropriately from the person represented in the profile.
Here’s an example from my ancestor, Phebe Cole’s profile. I entered where I tested, and my GEDmatch number.
You can add your DNA test information by clicking on the “Add” button in the top header, then DNA Test Information here.
WikiTree DNA Benefits
WikiTree is a wonderful place to:
- Upload your DNA to the relevant profile, where it will be populated up the tree appropriately
- Obtain DNA information, including haplogroups, about your ancestors
- Discover cousins who descend from that ancestor and who have tested their DNA
- Discover cousins who may not have tested yet, but might be willing
I use WikiTree regularly to fish for Y and mitochondrial DNA information about my ancestors and to see if I match cousins listed as descendants of a common ancestor.
WikiTree works in the opposite direction from the DNA testing vendors.
At the testing vendors, you find the match and then need to determine how they are related. At WikiTree, you check your ancestor and will find a list of cousins who descend from that ancestor and who have DNA tested. You already know at least one way that each person is related to you. Finding cousin matches by ancestor is part of my triangulation process.
Are You Related?
No known DNA testers or don’t match – no problem.
You can determine whether or not you’re genealogically related to any individual on Wikitree.
Just sign in to your account, and select the profile of the person you want to check.
Scroll very near the bottom or do a browser search for the words “your connection.”
Just click on “Your connection” or “Your genealogical relationship.”
Collaborate is Key
WikiTree is crowd-sourced, so be sure to verify your connection pathway results. If the path isn’t accurate, you can correct the inaccurate person or connection. We are all doing the genealogy community a HUGE favor by ensuring this collaborative tree is accurate.
If you’re unsure about a connection, check the sources and evidence for each generation. If you need information, contact the profile manager.
Add a comment, ask a question, add an image, or provide additional information and sources on any profile.
I regularly update my ancestors’ profiles with additional information when it becomes available. I appreciate everything others have shared with me over the years, and I want to be sure the information about my ancestors is as accurate as possible.
I don’t know about you, but I’m in this for the long game – for posterity. Leaving as much accurate information, including Y and mitochondrial DNA, is the very least I can do for my ancestors. After all, we wouldn’t be here without them.
So, are you related to King Charles? Is your distant cousin being crowned on Saturday?
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