# Understanding shared match of 1,177 cM?

## How many shared centimorgans is significant?

For example, you’ll usually share about 120 centimorgans with a 3rd cousin, but it’s possible to share as few as 90 or as many as 200.
What does the match confidence score mean?

Approximate amount of shared DNA (in centimorgans) Possible relationship
200—620 2nd cousin
90—180 3rd cousin
20—85 4th cousin
6—20 Distant cousin: 5th cousin — 8th cousins

## How many cM of DNA do cousins share?

Note that a given relationship, such as first cousins, can share varying amounts of DNA because of recombination (“shuffling” that occurs at conception). You usually share about 850 cM with a first cousin, but that number could be as low as 553 or as high as 1,225 cM.

## How many centimorgans do half first cousins share?

The amount of DNA shared with a half-first cousin falls between 215-650 cMs (centimorgans). Any amount less than 515 cMs signifies an almost certain half-first cousin relationship, since the DNA shared between two full-first cousins should fall between 515-1300 cMs, approximately.

## How many centimorgans do 3rd cousins share?

23andMe

Relationship Range in percentages Range in centiMorgans
2nd cousin once removed; Half 2nd cousin 0.6% – 2.5% 45 cM – 186 cM
3rd cousin 0% – 2.2% 0 – 164 cM
4th cousin 0% – 0.8% 0 – 60 cM
5th cousin to distant cousin Variable Variable

## What does 23% shared DNA mean?

This means you share 23 pieces of DNA with mom, and 23 pieces of DNA with dad. In other words, you share 23 segments of DNA with each parent. Each of these segments is really long – an entire chromosome! Our parents also get half their DNA from their mom and half from their dad.

## Can you share DNA and not be related?

Yes, it is possible to share a small amount of DNA with someone and not be related. In other words, it’s possible to share genetic material and not share a common ancestor or any identifiable genealogical connection.

## What does a 25% DNA match mean?

Centimorgans (cM) are units of genetic linkage between two given individuals. For example, if you share 1800 cM with an individual, that means you share around 25% of your DNA with them. A strong match will have around 200 cM or more.

## Can a half sibling show up as a cousin?

Can a half-sibling show up as a cousin? While the amount of DNA you share is different between half-siblings and cousins, your half-sibling still may show up as a “first cousin” because your centimorgans may be within the 1,300 range.

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