Sharing is Good

23andMe is all about empowering you to really get to know your own DNA. But we also have tools that let you share and compare your data with family and friends. All you need to do to share your genome with another person is send an invitation from the Genome Sharing page of your account. You’ll need a person’s username, which can be found by searching with a first name, last name, or email address. (Only people who have added their full name to their public profiles will be searchable. If you know someone who’s signed up with 23andMe but isn’t searchable, you can just ask for his or her username directly.) Not sure whom to share with? Why not start with 23andMe founders Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey? Both are ready and waiting to accept your invitation to share genomes at the Basic level. 23andMe board member Esther Dyson is also willing to share. She’s accepting both Basic and Extended sharing invitations. She’d like to hear about who you are and why you’re interested in sharing. Drop her a line at and be sure to put 23andMe in the subject line. At the end of this post, there’s a list of more people looking to share. If you’re interested in sharing your genome with friends you just haven’t met yet, leave a comment here at The Spittoon. Include your full name, the level of sharing you’re comfortable with, and a little bit about yourself or what you hope to learn. And make sure to add your name to your public profile so people can find you! (While you’re at it, why not also add a profile picture so you’re not just another gray silhouette?)
  • Matt Crenson Basic “I’m looking for people who might be distantly related to me, especially on the paternal side. Unfortunately, my paternal haplogroup is the incredibly common R1b1c.”
  • Iram Mirza Basic “I’m maternal haplogroup U5, I love my Ancestry Painting, and I can’t stay up past 9 pm!”
  • Anne Holden Basic “I have a very rare maternal haplogroup (H11) and I’m really interested in finding other H11’s so we can see how our ancestries compare!”
  • Alex Coonce Basic “I’m interested in seeing the true power of sharing.”
  • Becca Ling Basic “It’s fun to compare ancestry!”
  • Andro Hsu Basic “I’m looking for fellow Asians, and for any long-lost Spanish relatives.”
  • Rachel Cohen Basic “I am interested in finding others with my maternal haplogroup, K2a2a. Specifically, I’ve heard that Ashkenazi Jews often have half identical segments on the Genome Comparison Feature. I want to see if anyone shares segments with me.”
  • Lawrence Hon Basic
  • Rajiv Mahadevan Basic
  • Erin Davis Basic
  • Denali Lumma Extended “I am happy to share my genetic data because it is simply what I was given at birth, not what I have made of myself. I would also be curious to see the genetic data of others willing to share.”
  • Oliver Ryan Extended
  • Jonathan Hansen Extended
  • Could you implement friend messaging?

    I know it’s an easy feature to implement your python stack, and I know you employ a crack web team, and you even already have an account “inbox,” so I assume there must be some strategic reason why you don’t allow users to message each other beyond simple “other priorities.”

    But really, there’s no point in sharing data with people you don’t personally know (i.e. the 23andMe internal team) unless one may at LEAST exchange messages in-system.

    At minimum, if you have some development philosophy of culling feature-bloat, you could use craigslist-style proxy email addresses. That might appease whomever makes these sorts of web app design decisions if the answer was already “no.”

  • Oh, my user name is “andrewyates,” and I’m comfortable with Extended access.

  • jasonbobe

    Username: jasonbobe

    Happy to share at extended level.


  • fingernails

    I’m all for a dystopian future in which everyone knows who has what stupidity genes. Count me in.

    Name: Abhinav Nellore
    Access: Extended
    What I hope to learn: Well, I’d previously hoped to learn that I’m not made of DNA, that all you guys are organic automatons, and that the teenage solipsist I used to be was on to something. Now I just want to learn more about genetics research.

  • the phantom skier

    I’m currently happy to share with anyone at extended level.

  • the phantom skier

    I have just realised the search feature doesn’t work for nicknames. Look under “Sloan” instead please. John

  • jimcmillan

    search for james mcmillan, sharing extended

    I am curious about how close of a match I can get for a kidney transplant. The best so far is 87.54% similarity.

    just kidding.

  • Mich Glitch

    I want to share people with
    paternal prefix J2b1
    and maternal prefix H6a.

    I have Russian, German, Ukrainian and Polish origins.

    Any level accepted.

    The best similarity for moment is 74.46%.

  • Mich Glitch

    Search for Michael Temosh, sharing extended.

  • napobo3

    Leon Kull, sharing extended.
    Paternal: J1
    Maternal: N1b
    gMaternal: H6a

  • almelina

    I am willing to share.
    Maternal: H2a1
    Paternal: Not known, but of Swedish origin

    Search for Cheryl Morris. Extended sharing OK.

  • R1a1 J1a

    I am very excited to get a glimpse at my genetic information ! I expect much greater knowledge and good, as more people on this planet join their efforts to unravel the meaning of the information in all of us.

    As my username makes it apparent, my Paternal Haplogroup is R1a1*, and my Maternal Haplogroup is J1a*

    Per current knowledge, the health conditions I am likely to develop in my lifetime are the following:

    (1) Glaucoma (due to TT at rs2165241)
    (2) Gallstones (due to AG at rs4994)
    (3) BMI over 30 (my current BMI is around 25) (due to TT at rs3751812)

    I’d be very interested to share genomes with either same/similar Haplogroup and/or any of the condition risks mentioned above.

    But I’d be also happy to share at the extended level with anyone derived from PoP & MoM 175,000 years ago.

  • lbrichman

    I will share basic or extended.
    Username = Scintillate

  • lbrichman

    See above – Search for Lindsay Richman.

  • rletkeman

    I’m happy to share basic or extended, just search for Russell Letkeman. BTW, it’s 2 for 1 as I also have my late mother’s data as well!

    I’ve also published the data on SNPedia where you can find both our Promethease reports.

  • rodney jewett

    I’ll share basic or extended..

    yDNA – R1b1b2a1b (slightly more up to date than 23andme’s R1b1c)
    mtDNA – V (and I don’t have 16298C)

    and according to Promethease – increased susceptibility to novelty seeking

    search for rodney or jewett

  • jane

    I’m happy to share also and extended is ok. Search for Jane Gilbert.


  • GhostX

    Sean MacGorman Powell
    search for username: GhostX
    I will share at the Basic level.
    My primary interest is genetic genealogy, particularly my Y-chromosome lineage.

  • meightysix

    Feel free to toss a sharing invitation my way (basic/extended are fine).
    username is rnamingston

  • treble

    paternal J1c
    maternal H3

  • kabbenbock

    Andrew Smith

    Maternal Haplogroup:H5a1
    Paternal Haplogroup:R1b1c
    I have Irish, Norwegian, English and French origins.

    Any level accepted.

    The best similarity I have for the moment is 74.44%.

  • heyjude0701

    heyjude0701 (Judith Simon)

    I’ll share basic or extended

    mtDNA haplogroup HV*
    father’s Y-haplogroup is J2a2* (ISOGG J2a1b)
    father’s maternal haplogroup H*
    mother’s paternal haplogroup J1e*

    Three Ashkenazi grandparents, one Sephardic grandparent
    Recent ancestry from Latvia and Poland

  • geebee of bavaria

    geebee of bavaria (Gary Bookhammer)

    I’d be happy to share at whatever level you’re comfortable with, basic or extended.

    Maternal Haplogroup – H1*
    Paternal Haplogroup – R1a1*

    my father is of mainly of German descent, with some Scot-Irish; my mother is German/Alsatian on her father’s side, and Catalan/Alsatian/French/Irish/Swiss — and a tiny bit of Choctaw — on her mother’s side.

  • fourfolks

    I’d be happy to share at the basic or extended level.

    Pat Hap: R1b1b2a1a2f
    Mat Hap: W1c I haven’t found another W1c yet…

    Search for Samuel Johnston

    • I am a W1c

      • Robin Grantham

        Same here. Look on 23andMe for Florence Grantham

  • atlantajudy

    Is there any way to test for Sephardic ancestry? I’m new to this.

  • At this time there is no way to specifically look for Sephardic Jewish ancestry using 23andMe’s tools. But there are a few things that might give you some hints:

    From Paternal Line Ancestry (your father’s father’s father’s (etc.) line):
    Paternal haplogroup E1b1b1c1 is found in about 10% of Sephardic Jews from Iberia and about 15% of Jews from Ethiopia. Jews from Yemen carry E1b1b1c1 at levels of about 10%, and about 20% of Libyan Jewish men belong to the haplogroup. Given the clearly elevated frequency in all Jewish populations, E1b1b1c1 was very likely present in the ancestral Jewish population from the Levant that dispersed throughout the Old World about 2,000 years ago.

    There’s also paternal haplogroup G. About 10% of Ashkenazi men have Y chromosomes belonging to G, an indication that the haplogroup was present among the small number of Jews who migrated into central and eastern Europe about 1,000 years ago. The Sephardic Jews of the Iberian Peninsula also bear haplogroup G at levels of about 16%. In this case, the arrival of G into the region may be tied to the expansion of seafaring Phoenicians who set up trade centers throughout the Mediterranean about 3,500 years ago.

    From Maternal Ancestry (your mother’s mother’s mother’s (etc.) line):
    A few branches of haplogroup K, such as K1a9, K2a2a, and K1a1b1a, are specific to Jewish populations and especially to Ashkenazi Jews, whose roots lie in central and eastern Europe. These branches of haplogroup K are found at levels of 30% among Ashkenazi. But haplogroup K is also found at lower levels in Jewish populations from the Near East and Africa, and among Sephardic Jews who trace their roots to medieval Spain. That indicates an origin of those K haplogroup branches in the Near East before 70 AD, when the Roman destruction of Jerusalem scattered the Jewish people around the Mediterranean and beyond.

    Since you put this comment on this post about sharing, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention another way to learn about your ancestry: SHARING! By sharing and comparing with other 23andMe users, you can learn more about yourself! Also, try Relative Finder to find some cousins. They might have some of the answers you are looking for.

  • Although I initially joined 23andme in order to reconnect to other descendants of the Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi (a.k.a.Chu Hsi), I believe that knowledge seeks to be free. I joined the Genographic project as soon as it was announced and posted my results on my blog. I would love to share my genome with anyone who may be interested in sharing.

  • Chi Liu

    Chinese here. Father is from Shanghai and mother is from Hong Kong.

    Paternal Haplogroup: O3a3c1*
    Maternal Haplogroup: F1a’c

    Let’s share!!!

  • Pwt

    I am mtDNA Haplogroup H11, which I understand is Eastern European, but that’s about it for what I know. My maternal background is Scottish as far back as I know for sure. Interested in sharing info with H11 people.

    • JS

      I’m H11 on maternal side- Scottish, Irish, English, Polish, German, French ancestry

  • Y-DNA: J2b2*
    mtDNA: J1c5a
    Ukrainian and Russian ancestry.
    Will accept sharing at Basic level.

  • ~Dan

    Maternal Haplogroup W1c – Ashkenazi

    • Robin Grantham

      Hi Dan

      I’m interested in knowing more about your family tree. my mom was 1/2 AJ and also W1C.


  • Kimberly Tharp

    I was adopted as a child. My biological last name was Evans and I was born in Abilene, TX in January of 1983. I have no information about my biological family or relatives. I am open to sharing and maybe finding a connection. I would love to talk to someone who looks like me.
    My Maternal Haplogroups is: H5a1